WSBK: Melandri explains ‘awful’ weekend at Assen

Melandri struggled in Assen while Davies was consistent

Photo: BMW Motorrad

BMW Motorrad GoldBet rider Marco Melandri had a weekend to forget in the 3rd round of the World Superbike Championship from Assen, due technical problems with his BMW throughout both feature races.

In the mixed weather conditions at the start of the weekend, Melandri secured seventh position on the third row of the grid in Superpole on Saturday. The Italian was then plagued with electrical issues on race day; firstly being unable to make it to the grid in race one, with the bike cutting out on the warm up lap. Melandri’s performance was hampered again in race two by electrical issues, he finished 8th, nearly 30 seconds behind race winner Eugene Laverty.

Melandri explains: “It was an awful weekend and today, it was an unlucky day. In race one I did not even start, while in race 2 it seemed that a sensor failed so the bike could not work with the right electronic strategies. I had to slow down for a couple of laps to understand what was going on and what the problem was. Once I understood how to manage the situation I returned to my race pace and completed the race. Now we need to understand what does not work and to solve the problem. My aim is to rediscover the riding pleasure, to fight for the podium and to win again.”

British teammate Chaz Davies failed to continue his dominance from Aragon, but managed two solid top seven finishes this weekend. Davies was hindered by his Superpole performance, which put him in 13th position on the grid. A crash in morning warm-up left the team with basically a complete rebuild to do before the first race, due to the one bike rule in the championship. With help from both sides of the garage, Davies’ BMW S1000RR was just ready in time for the first race, where he finished 7th. The Welshmen progressed in race two, ended up 5th at the flag.

The day started very badly with the crash in the morning. The track temperature was still very low and I lost the front. I did not think that the crash was that big but the bike must have tumbled quite a lot and it was really badly damaged. It was frustrating to destroy a bike like that in the warm-up. A big credit to the team who did an amazing job building up a brand new bike for the race. As it was a new bike I did not expect big things. I was just hoping to get some points so to finish seventh was a reason to be happy.

To finish in the top 5 in the second race was not a great result but I got the maximum of what was possible and it was limiting the damage. I got the best possible result in both races. Again, I owe everybody in the team a big thank you for today, for pulling together and enabling me to race. We still have some work to do. I know where we are losing riding against the other guys. In some places the bike is working well, in other places I feel that we need to improve. Now I am looking forward to Monza.”


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