BMW Motorrad GoldBet team-mates Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies had a mixed weekend at Donington Park under scorching skies, only securing one podium finish between them.
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Italian Marco Melandri struggled on his BMW, coming from sixth position on the grid to finish in second position in race one behind an unstoppable Tom Sykes, but Melandri had a hard fought race behind Rea and Guintoli. Race two wasn’t as successful for the 30 year old, a weaker start and problems with the bike caused him to finish in 5th position.
Melandri now lies in fourth position in the championship standings, 46 points behind leader Sylvain Guintoli “It was a weekend of mixed emotions. Race one was really nice, but not easy. I had quite a good start, then I began pushing to gain positions. It was difficult to overtake Johnny and Sylvain and it took time. Then, when I had claimed second position, Tom was too far away and I didn’t have enough time to reach him, but I was happy with second place. In race two, my start was not as good but step by step I got closer to the front group. But when I was directly behind Laverty, I started to have some difficulties riding. On the final lap, I tried to overtake him in the chicane, but when entering the corner I could not brake properly so I went wide to avoid a crash. It was a pity as I had hoped to get more points. Now we have to continue working. This week we will go testing and try some new solutions.”
Home-hero Chaz Davies also found it tough riding his BMW around Donington Park securing two top eight finishes at the Leicestershire track.
Starting from seventh position on the grid Davies struggled to keep up with the front group; and a lack of grip in race one prevented him from pushing to improve his position, resulting in the Welshman crossing the line in 8th. Changes made for race two provided him with more grip early on, however it soon started to drop off and he crossed the line in sixth position.
Davies said “It was not an easy day. The first race was tough as pretty much from the early laps onwards I nearly had no grip. After a few laps the tyres started to spin more than I was expecting. The spinning was upsetting the chassis and making the bike nervous, so it was a fight for 23 laps. I tried everything I could to make the bike more stable and to find more grip but I could not do anything. For race two we made quite a few changes and I had better grip for longer so I could stay with the front group for a while. But then grip started lacking again and I could not do anything more. Now we go testing in Aragón where we have a few things to try and I am looking forward to that.”