Marco started racing minibikes at eight years of age having spent much of his youth at racing circuits watching his father compete in the Italian Championship. He quickly progressed through the ranks making his 125cc Grand Prix debut shortly after his fifteenth birthday. He holds the distinction of being the youngest ever Grand Prix winner, a record he set when he won the 125cc race at the Assen TT in 1998, aged 15 years and 324 days.
In 1999 Marco finished in second position in the 125cc World Championship at just one point from the leader of the classification. One year later he decided to move up a category riding the 250cc Aprilia and in 2002 Marco set another record: aged just 20 years and 74 days, he became the youngest 250cc World Champion winning 9 of 16 races along the way.
2003 was Marco's debut season in the MotoGP class, where he partnered Carlos Checa in the Yamaha Factory Team. He finished 15th in the Championship and achieved some promising results and several front row starts. Unfortunately, injuries at the start and end of the year marred his season slightly, but he has now returned to full fitness following a shoulder operation at the end of October 2003.
He continues his apprenticeship in the MotoGP class during the 2004 season with Yamaha in the satellite team Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3. He scores his first two podiums in the MotoGP class in Barcelona (Catalunya GP) and in Assen (GP of Holland), and finishes the Championship 12th.
In 2005 Marco Melandri rides for Honda with the Movistar Honda team on the RC211V.
Marco Melandri's records;
2005 - Team Movistar Honda - RC211V
2004 - 12th MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)
2003 - 15th MotoGP World Championship (Yamaha)
2002 - 1st 250 World Championship (Aprilia)
2001 - 3rd 250 World Championship (Aprilia)
2000 - 5th 250 World Championship (Aprilia)
1999 - 2nd 125 World Championship (Honda)
1998 - 3rd 125 World Championship (Honda)
1997 - 1st 125 Italian Championship (Honda), 1st 125 Honda Trophy (Honda), 4th 125 European Championship (Honda)
1996 - 125 Italian Championship (Honda) last races only
13th 125 Honda Trophy (Honda)
Born: 7/8/82, Ravenna
Residence: Derby, England
Weight: 58 kg
Height: 167 cm
First GP: 1997, Brno (cc125)
First victory: 1998, Assen (cc125)
MotoGP victories: 9
Favourite sport: Motocross, cycling and karting
Hobbies: Music, Dee-jaying, books
Favourite music: I generally like all music, lately I've mainly listened to Hip-Hop
Favourite animal: Maffy, my dog
Favourite Track: Assen
Favourite Ice cream: Hazelnut flavour
Mascot: The hedgehog, because I have spikey hair like it does and it also has a really cute and sly snout
Most memorable moment: My victory in 250cc at Mugello in 2002, It was a turning point in the season and for my career because I won the 250cc World Championship