Marco Melandri has admitted he could turn his hand to car racing in 2016, as uncertainty continues to surround whether the MV Agusta World Superbike team can accommodate him.
The 33-year-old Italian, who raced for Aprilia MotoGP squad in the early part of 2015 before quitting mid-season, has been linked to a WSBK return next year with MV Agusta, even testing for the Forward Racing-run operation last month at Jerez.
But with the team yet to confirm it will expand to a second bike, Leon Camier already confirmed as its first rider, and no other desirable top-level seats available, Melandri said talks have been held about turning his focus to racing on four wheels.
“It’s not up to me,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport. “I am seeing day to day, waiting for something to happen. I would like to continue on bikes, it’s my natural environment.
“But lately I have also had contact with Asian promoters, who would like me to drive in GT3."
Melandri is no stranger to car racing, taking part in four races in the Middle East-based Speedcar Series in early 2009 and recording two eighth-place finishes.
Test role a possibility
With a race seat still far from certain, Melandri said he could consider being a test rider for the MV Agusta team, having thoroughly enjoyed his maiden outing aboard the F4 in Spain.
“Straight away, I was at ease with the F4,” he said. “The bike has a really good front end and a perfect chassis.
“It’s a really exceptional bike for my riding style, and the electronics are also good.
“For me, it would be great to develop the bike and help them challenge for the top five in the championship. I wouldn’t rule out being a test rider.”