He is one of the most highly anticipated riders of the weekend. We are obviously talking about Marco Melandri, who returns to Superbike after nine months of waiting. After seeing him in the past season with Yamaha GRT, the rider from Romagna is ready to get on the Ducati of the Barni team.
Jerez will therefore be the opportunity that everyone is waiting for: “I can't wait to get on the saddle on Friday morning because the first contact with the Ducati Panigale V4 R was really fun and interesting - said the #33 - I'm curious to see my level in amongst the other riders, to see if my feelings were correct and to identify which areas I have to work on the most".
Marco therefore has clear ideas, aware at the same time of the problems facing him: “The most important thing will be to resume the race rhythm, but being on the grid again and seeing the traffic lights go off again will be fantastic - he added - I am ready to give the best of myself on the bike, which I haven't been able to do in the last year and I want to redeem myself ".
In team Barni, there is also a lot of curiosity on the part of Marco Barnabò, who in the past week concluded his adventure together with Leon Camier: "I am very curious to see what we will be able to do in the first race. It is clear that we start a little disadvantaged compared to those who have done a lot of kilometres of testing and who have made-to-measure the bike, but I am very confident because in the first outing with Marco I immediately had the impression that he had very clear ideas on what is required and I think we will be able to fulfil his requests. His experience will help us to bridge the initial disadvantage so I'm sure we'll have a great weekend and have fun."
The numbers say that Melandri is one of the most successful riders at Jerez: here he scored a brace of wins with Aprilia in 2014 and to this can be added four podiums. Last year he was third in Superpole, in Race 1 and in the Superpole Race, before crashing after a contact with Davies in Race 2.