World Superbike standout Marco Melandri has no plans to return to MotoGP in 2014 despite the withdrawal of his current employer, BMW, as a factory team in the production-based series.
Melandri won five MotoGP races between 2003-10 - with all of those wins coming in the 2005 and 2006 seasons aboard a satellite Gresini Honda - before leaving for World Superbike in 2011. He finished second in the WSBK standings in 2011 with Yamaha and third in 2012 with BMW. He is third this season, 30 points behind leader Tom Sykes.
But Melandri, 31, knows there is no room in the performance inn in MotoGP. All of the top factory seats are taken for 2014, and there's a long line forming at the Forward Racing garage for its Yamaha "customer" prototype. And the thought of trundling around on a CRT machine has zero appeal for Melandri even though the CAME IodaRacing team has expressed interest in him.
"CRT is out of the question for me," Melandri said to German media. "I want to go have fun at the race. Having fun does have the ability to win at the same time. Everything else is a passion for me.
"In the MotoGP World Championship, the technical level must be reduced. Today no one can fight with Honda and Yamaha. Everyone should have the chance to be competitive."
Sounds like the emasculated World Superbike will fit the bill for Melandri. He has been linked to a seat on a factory Aprilia next to Sylvain Guintoli for next season.