While I haven't had the time to muster together my MotoGP Previews, I have still watched this season in detail and with interest. A few things are really sticking out and bothering me, so in an effort to start much $hit slinging I have pondered the following problems. What to do with Marco Melandri. He was a dream signing for Ducati at the start of the season. Competitive when the bike is good. He is capable or both racing and winning and an Italian to boot. I sure Ducati were picturing red 1-2 finishes and much pasta and red wine consumed in triumph. There were rumours that he would even push Casey Stoner for results. But from the first wheel rolled in practise on the new 800 cc Ducati GP8 to any wheel raced in anger he has been truly woeful. Now I admit the new Duck has had some early season teething probems, but it has still placed on the podium and even won the first race at Qatar, plus with the new software fix, the bike has it's mojo back and now wants to actually go around corners and Stoner is flying again as a result. Yet Melandri is still a whole 3 seconds of the pace. As team manager what do you do? Do you pay out his contract (rumoured to be significant) and place anyone else on the bike? Vito, Max Biaggi or Ruben Xaus come to mind, but people may have other ideas. Do you throw more resources and effort at him? New chassis, specific motors, last years bike. Ducati are only a small manufacturer so cannot afford any wasted development time by a rider who is soooooo far of the pace, any data generated is next to useless. Or do you just ignore him and hope he will go away like your dirty Uncle Joe which they currently seem to be doing? There press releases are starting to sound lame and stupid repeating the same tired old lines and excuses for what is an unexcusable result.