Marco Melandri 3rd and back on the podium


Melandri rode a strong race: starting from pole position, the Italian constantly fought in the leading group but faced an issue with the rear-brake lever in the last lap and was forced to settle for third position. Marco Melandri ( Racing - Ducati #33) – 3rd "I had a really competitive pace but I couldn't be as aggressive as I would have liked. Every time I changed the line to make a pass, the bike was still moving a bit. It's difficult because we have the speed but we still need to solve this issue. During the last lap I almost crashed at turn 3 because I lost the rear brake lever but luckily I didn't and, since it was the last lap, I could make it to the podium. It's a good result, but we can do better. We'll keep working hard to achieve more in Assen."

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