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WSBK Donington: Melandri oozing confidence
21 May 2013
Marco Melandri has every reason to be optimistic of his prospects as the BMW Motorrad team travels to Donington Park for round five of the World Superbike Championship.
Melandri gave the German manufacturer its maiden WSBK victory on the S1000RR in 2012, with team-mate Leon Haslam making it a day to remember as the British rider ensured an historic one-two finish for BMW.
A winner at Monza in round four, Melandri also tasted his first World Superbike success at Donington in 2011 with Yamaha and the Italian starts Sunday's races as one of the main contenders on the basis of his impressive record at the English circuit.
“I really love Donington. Here I got my first Superbike win with Yamaha in 2011 and the first victory in the history of BMW in the series last year,” he said.
“This is a technical track, quite different from Monza. In Donington you never shift to sixth gear while in Monza you use it three times.
“The two chicanes in the last part of the Donington circuit seem to be there to keep the field close together.
“The race will be very open and hard-fought, and if it does not rain, it will be very exciting.”
Melandri has been boosted further after gaining extra confidence in his S1000RR at Monza, where he made big strides with the 2013 bike.
“We head to Donington in a better position than last year, even if we did not have a perfect start to the season.
“In Monza I found the right feeling with the RR. Now I can ride it in the best way and be competitive,” said Melandri.
“I'm looking forward to Donington and I feel really confident.
“Now I want to fight for the podium at every race and, when it's possible, I want to win.”