Marco Melandri

Marco Melandri

1982-09-07 (age 40)


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Melandri steps down from Barni Ducati WSBK ride

Marco Melandri has stepped down from his Barni Racing World Superbike ride after just four rounds with the satellite Ducati squad.

“Regenerated” Melandri back in WSBK with Barni Ducati

Former MotoGP race winner Marco Melandri will return to World Superbikes this season to replace the injured Leon Camier at the Barni Ducati team.

Davies ill-suited to Ducati V4, says Melandri

Chaz Davies' tall stature and naturally aggressive riding style make him a poor fit with Ducati's Panigale V4 R World Superbike contender, believes former teammate Marco Melandri.

Aprilia should have stayed in WSBK - Melandri

Aprilia should have stayed in World Superbike instead of trying to tackle MotoGP, claims the Italian marque's former rider Marco Melandri.

Melandri expresses MotoE interest after WSBK exit

Marco Melandri says he would be open to competing in MotoE after he retires from World Superbike competition, as he feels the all-electric series is not yet a "proper" championship.

Melandri to retire from racing at the end of 2019

One-time 250cc world champion and current World Superbike rider Marco Melandri will retire from motorcycling at the end of the 2019 season.

Melandri hit with six-place grid penalty for Davies clash

Marco Melandri has been given a six-place grid penalty for the opening World Superbike race at Misano for making contact with Chaz Davies in the final Jerez race.

Melandri wants "something big" to change on Yamaha

Marco Melandri says “something big” needs to change on his Yamaha World Superbike, following a tough start to the European leg of the 2019 campaign.

Ducati launches new bike for 2019 WSBK season

Ducati has revealed its new bike for the 2019 World Superbike season, the Panigale V4 R.

Melandri: Yamaha not "responding" to my riding style

Marco Melandri says the GRT Yamaha does not “respond well” to his riding style on corner entry, following a tough World Superbike test at Portimao.

Melandri joins new GRT Yamaha team for 2019

Marco Melandri will remain on the World Superbike grid in 2019 after signing a deal to join the incoming satellite GRT Yamaha outfit alongside World Supersport champion Sandro Cortese.

Ducati explains decision to replace Melandri with Bautista

Ducati MotoGP boss Paolo Ciabatti has explained the Italian marque's reasoning for replacing Marco Melandri with Alvaro Bautista in its factory World Superbike line-up.

Aragon WSBK: Melandri shades Rea by 0.031s for pole

Marco Melandri pinched World Superbike pole position away from Jonathan Rea by just 0.031 seconds at Aragon, while Ducati teammate Chaz Davies will start Saturday's race 11th after a late fall.

Aragon WSBK: Melandri edges Rea in Friday practice

Marco Melandri edged Jonathan Rea by just 0.039 seconds to top a weather-affected day of practice for the Aragon World Superbike round.

Phillip Island WSBK: Melandri beats Rea in flag-to-flag thriller

Marco Melandri doubled up in the second World Superbike race at Phillip Island after he beat Jonathan Rea by 0.021s as Eugene Laverty and Chaz Davies both crashed from the lead.

Phillip Island WSBK: Melandri passes Sykes to win opener

Ducati's Marco Melandri drew first blood in World Superbike in 2018 after beating pole man Tom Sykes to victory at Phillip Island.

Melandri fastest, Rea crashes on first Phillip Island test day

Ducati's Marco Melandri topped the opening World Superbike test at Phillip Island ahead of the new season, as reigning champion Jonathan Rea crashed heavily in the morning.

Will World Superbike's bold new rules stop Rea?

Plenty of changes are afoot in World Superbike this season in a bid to improve the spectacle after three years of Kawasaki and Ducati duopoly. But can they make the title race more exciting? Lewis Duncan investigates.

Davies says 2018 WSBK rules unfairly penalise Ducati

Ducati World Superbike rider Chaz Davies believes that the series' new-for-2018 rules will unfairly hinder the Italian manufacturer.

Jerez WSBK: Melandri failure gifts Rea Race 1 victory

Jonathan Rea took his 13th victory of the 2017 World Superbike season after Marco Melandri retired from the lead with a mechanical failure in the Saturday race at Jerez.

Lausitz WSBK: Davies does the double from ninth

Ducati works rider Chaz Davies completed a clean sweep of the World Superbike round at Lausitzring, fighting his way through from ninth on the grid in the Sunday race.

Ducati retains Melandri for 2018 WSBK season

Ducati has confirmed it will enter the 2018 World Superbike season with an unchanged rider line-up, as Chaz Davies will once again be joined by Marco Melandri.

Misano WSBK: Melandri scores first win since return

Ducati's Marco Melandri took his first win since returning to the World Superbike championship, overtaking Jordi Torres to triumph in the second Misano race.

Misano WSBK: Sykes wins as top three crash on final lap

Kawasaki rider Tom Sykes took his second win of the 2017 World Superbike season, inheriting the lead on the last lap as the top three all crashed.

Season preview: Why WSBK will be worth watching in 2017

The 2017 World Superbike season kicks off at Phillip Island this weekend, and all the changes from 2016 suggest the new campaign will be better than in recent years. David Gruz explains why.

Ducati unveils 2017 WSBK bike

Italian marque Ducati has revealed its bike for the 2017 World Superbike season, which will be ridden by Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri.

Ducati signs Melandri, confirms Davies for 2017

Ducati has announced Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri as its line-up for the 2017 World Superbike season, the latter replacing Davide Giugliano.

Melandri planning 2017 WSBK return with Pata backing

Former World Superbike star Marco Melandri says he is planning a comeback in the series next season with backing from Yamaha title sponsor Pata.

Melandri at MV Agusta would be “100 percent a negative”

Marco Melandri joining the MV Agusta World Superbike team aboard a second bike in 2016 would be “100 percent a negative”, according to the team’s existing rider Leon Camier.

Melandri considers cars switch as MV Agusta wait continues

Marco Melandri has admitted he could turn his hand to car racing in 2016, as uncertainty continues to surround whether the MV Agusta World Superbike team can accommodate him.

Forward makes WSBK switch with MV Agusta

Forward Racing will race in World Superbikes in 2016 as the official team for MV Agusta, with former Grand Prix winner Marco Melandri assuming a development role.

Melandri: “I’d ride for free – but only on my terms”

Marco Melandri has declared that he is not willing to return to race action in 2016 at any cost, stating that he would sooner stay on the sidelines than accept compromises.

Malaysia in WorldSBK History

In the past it was Shah Alam and Johor. Nowadays it’s Sepang.

Laguna Seca in WorldSBK history

Memorable moments and significant dates ahead of Round 9.

Portugal in WorldSBK history

WorldSBK will run its 19th and 20th races in Portugal this season

Nilox Portuguese Round to mark halfway point of the season

The Autodromo Internacional do Algarve to host another battle for supremacy.

MotoGP riders test Michelin tyres in Mugello

A number of MotoGP factory riders have stayed at Mugello following Sunday’s Italian Grand Prix to test Michelin’s 2016 tyres.

Rossi takes second victory of the year in thrilling Argentina MotoGP

The legendary Valentino Rossi won a dramatic race to score his second victory of 2015 and stretch his championship advantage, as Marc Marquez crashed out during battle for the lead.

Marquez takes second MotoGP pole of 2015 in Argentina

Marc Marquez was back to his dominant self in qualifying for the MotoGP race in Argentina, the factory Honda rider sealing his second pole position of the year.

Marquez back on top in Argentina MotoGP FP3

Reigning champion Marc Marquez jumped into top spot in third practice at Termas de Rio Hondo, ahead of fellow Honda rider Cal Crutchlow and Suzuki's Aleix Espargaro.

Espargaro maintains practice advantage in Argentina

Aleix Espargaro once again lead the field in second practice at Termas de Rio Hondo aboard the works Suzuki, ahead of Ducati's Andrea Iannone and Honda's Marc Marquez.

Espargaro gets up to speed quickest in Argentina MotoGP practice

Factory Suzuki rider Aleix Espargaro lead Ducati pair Andrea Iannone and Andrea Dovizioso in the opening practice session at Termas de Rio Hondo.

Marquez secures dominant victory at Austin

Reigning MotoGP Marc Marquez made it three wins in a row at the Circuit of the Americas, with Andrea Dovizioso and Valentino Rossi completing the podium.

Marquez storms to pole position in hectic Austin MotoGP qualifying

Honda rider Marc Marquez set a new lap record at the Circuit of the Americas to secure pole position, despite having to change to a second bike.

Legend Rossi wins sensational MotoGP opener in Qatar

Valentino Rossi won the opening round of the MotoGP season under the floodlights at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar after a fantastic duel with Andrea Dovizioso.

Marquez continues to lead MotoGP field in Qatar

Reigning champion leads on day two ahead of Crutchlow and Iannone

Marquez sets the pace at MotoGP season opener in Qatar

Repsol Honda rider leads first free practice session ahead of teammate Pedrosa and Aleix Espargaro.

Dovizioso edges out Marquez on second day of MotoGP testing in Qatar

Reigning MotoGP champion splits factory Ducati riders Dovizioso and Iannone

Aprilia officially launches new MotoGP challenger

Italian manufacturer treating 2015 as its ‘development’ year.

Marquez ends Sepang MotoGP test on top

Reigning MotoGP world champion takes fastest lap on day three ahead of Lorenzo and Crutchlow

Marquez goes quickest on day two at Sepang

Marc Marquez returned to the top of the timing sheets on the second day of testing at the Sepang circuit.

Rossi leads opening day of MotoGP testing at Sepang

Seven-time MotoGP champion sets the bar on first day of second Sepang test.

Lorenzo on a mission on second day at Sepang MotoGP testing

Movistar Yamaha rider leads the way and continues to improve lap times

Miniscule gap separates top MotoGP riders on first day of 2015 testing

MotoGP roars back into life with Marquez, Rossi and Lorenzo locked together

Guintoli does the double and takes the title

The Frenchman took the lead on lap 5 and take his first career double and the crown.

All set for the 2014 WSBK season finale in Qatar

The Qatari circuit makes its return to the WSBK calendar after a four years absence to host the series for the sixth time.

Rejuvenated title hopes for Guintoli after home round success

Sylvain Guintoli narrowed the gap to leader Tom Sykes to just twelve points.