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Yamaha confirms Melotte for 2006 Aug. 16, 2005

Cedric Melotte
The Yamaha Factory Motocross Team has completed its 2006 rider line-up with the re-signing of Cedric Melotte. Melotte will move up to MX1 for 2006, riding the all new aluminum framed Yamaha YZ450FM. With Stefan Everts and Melotte, the Michele Rinaldi managed team will field the same MX1 line up as 2004. The likeable Belgian is currently fifth in the MX2 world championship and has claimed four podiums so far.

Commenting on his third season with Yamaha, Melotte said: I'm very happy to continue with Yamaha. I wanted to stay with them, and I wanted to return to MX1. Unfortunately things did not go to plan in MX2 this season. I got a bit frustrated, struggling with a wrist injury and bad starts, but it was always part of our long term plan to move up to MX1 for 2006. I feel honoured by the faith that Yamaha has placed in me and I'm really looking forward to next season. The mental and technical support of the team has always been great, and with a new bike coming up I could not wish for a better place.

Team Manager Michele Rinaldi explained Yamaha's vision for next year: Yamaha wants to make a big impact next year with the new YZ450FM and we needed two strong riders year to achieve this. We believe Cedric can do a good job in MX1. This season has been tough for him, but his riding style will suit the bigger bike better. He has already produced good results in 2004 and for sure he has learned a lot from this season. For MX2 we will continue our efforts through supported teams.

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