MotoGP race winner Marco Melandri announces retirement from racing

Five-time MotoGP race winner and current World Superbike rider Marco Melandri will retire from motorcycle racing at the end of the 2019 season.

Melandri announcement he had made the decision, which will bring down the curtain on a career that also yielded a 250cc title and 22 World Superbike victories, in a press conference in Milan on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old has endured a difficult WSBK season with the GRT Yamaha squad, which he joined this year after he was replaced at Ducati by Alvaro Bautista.

He lies ninth in the standings with five rounds remaining, having finished third in the opening race of the year at Phillip Island – a result he matched twice at Jerez – but managed to score only eight points across the three races at Donington Park last weekend.

Melandri last raced in MotoGP in 2015 with Aprilia, but parted ways with the firm after eight races and did not race again until joining Ducati in WSBK in 2017.

He finished runner-up to Valentino Rossi in 2005 for the Gresini Honda squad that he raced with for three years, and also raced for Ducati and the Hayate (now Forward Racing) outfit that succeeded the works Kawasaki operation for 2009.

Melandri also placed second in the WSBK standings with Yamaha in 2011, which followed the end of his first stint in MotoGP.

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