Aprilia boss backs Melandri

Melandri was the slowest rider on two of the three days' MotoGP testing at Sepang, and pundits and fans have begun to wonder if his switch from World Superbikes was a mistake.

Melandri himself has revealed he had doubts about the switch, but Albesiano believes the rider will come good.

Albesiano was quoted by Autosport: “I had hoped he'd struggle less, but we aren't leaving him alone – we are all behind him. I'm completely convinced that he'll come out of it.

"We put in all the effort, the will and the ability to help him, but he too must meet us halfway."

He also talked about Melandri's team-mate Alvaro Bautista, adding: "He is already inside this environment, MotoGP, and inside this technological situation

"Our job will also be to keep his spirits, his motivation and his performance high.

"I'm convinced he is having the type of experience he wanted, with being a works rider with a company that sticks with him in order to do the best and get the best.

"So  Bautista is totally motivated and I can see a very nice season ahead of him."