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Melandri confirms Kawasaki move for 2009

http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2008/M...+move+for+2009

Let's hope he gets on better in green !

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There were only a couple riders that could ride the Ducati GP bikes worth a shit. Stoner and Bayliss when the Ducati was in its 1st year or so .. Marco will be a great asset to the Green crew.

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not a big fan, but i hope he is better than West. Can't be any worse haha!
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Anyone is better than West. With the exception of the race in Brno, he has been consistently last. Melandri at least has been consistent middle of pack.

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Melandri is a top of the pack rider, as is Elias. They just dont adjust to the Ducati, seems Stoner is the only one who does.

If he and hopper can get a competitive bike next season, they'll both be in the fight for top championship positions.

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Why do I feel nervous about Kawi accepting some other team's "cast off" ??

Let's face it, Melandri has been to Ducati what West has been to Kawi this year ... a freakin' disaster !!

Would love to see him turn his form around in Team Green next year, but somehow I think Kawi have lost the plot completely ...

:headshake :headshake :headshake :headshake

My choice would be to lure Shinya Nakano back - on a much better bike than he ever had the chance of riding before !
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Why do I feel nervous about Kawi accepting some other team's "cast off" ??

Let's face it, Melandri has been to Ducati what West has been to Kawi this year ... a freakin' disaster !!

Would love to see him turn his form around in Team Green next year, but somehow I think Kawi have lost the plot completely ...

:headshake :headshake :headshake :headshake

My choice would be to lure Shinya Nakano back - on a much better bike than he ever had the chance of riding before !
You are always negative man...

Shinya will not come back, he has eyes for a factory HRC Honda drive.
Look what he did in Brno...
He is very popular in Japan and i think he will get it...
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I think it's a good move on Kawi's part, Melandri is much better than what this season has made him out to be. He used to consistantly run towards the front of the pack until he went to Ducati. If Kawasaki can step up with their bike development and Melandri wanting to prove that 2008 was a fluke I think he can get back to where he used to be. But that's a big if.
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If somebody said that we would have Hopkins and Melandri three years ago we'd all be going ape shit. Kawasaki is showing a commitment to rider and equipment. They will get this thing right, I feel it.
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i think he will do quite well on the kawasaki.
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