WSBK » Stunned Laverty stamps mark on WSBK


The Irishman showed remarkable race craft to defend from Biaggi in race one, before battling back to pass Melandri in race two.

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TDS - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 9:12 AM

Eugene Laverty was brilliant! The second race in particular had me pacing the floor during the last lap !!Very clever ride, absolutely riveting !!! I'm beginning to prefer W.S.B. over MotoGP as the races are far more exciting and unpredictable !! Can't wait for the next round now !!!!

Mr D Bacle - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 11:35 AM

Eugene's double shows that Yamaha were right to sign him for the 2011 WSB season. He's done it before and will continue to display some great RACE CRAFT. Well done Eugene - a Legend in the making

Jon

May 09, 2011 1:27 PM

What I don't understand:
2009: New R1 wins BSB and WSBK. Everyone says it's a great bike.

2010: R1 is struggling internationally and domestically. People say it was Spies who made the bike fast and really it's a pig. Rossi has a go on it, it goes faster.

2011: In BSB Swan Yamaha is fast and it's back to the top in WSBK.

What's the truth? Did Yamaha make a big mistake in 2010? Was the 09 bike good or not?
Is the 2011 bike the spiratual successor to the 09 bike and flattering Laverty & Melandri?

What does the forum think?

No-one expected Marco to turn up and ride like he has.
Let's put Elias on it and see what happens!

Don-R

May 09, 2011 1:42 PM

@ Jon

In fairness the Yams were strong at Monza last year too, with JT and CC bagging podiums in race 1 and Cal challenging Biaggi for the win in race 2 when he suffered a holed oil cooler. It's a horsepower track and the R1 has never been short of power (330kph top speed against the Aprilia's 333kph this year).

Don-R

May 09, 2011 1:48 PM

Re. the 2010 R1, after an exhaustive test and and analysis recently for Motorcycle Racer mag, journalist and racer Alan Cathcart concluded it was the "most difficult to ride superbike ever". And he's ridden most of them.

Yamaha put a lot of development into this year's bike to cure those issues, and the 2011 bike has different forks, suspension and frame geometry, so it's certainly an evolved machine from last year's. Not perfect perhaps but certainly different.

Jon

May 09, 2011 1:57 PM

Thanks, Don-R.

I knew the R1 was quick at Monza last year (fastest lap) but I just couldn't understand how it went from hero, to zero, back to hero.

I feel sorry for poor JT, who apart from losing out on the improved R1 had his team mate score well yesterday.
The BMW isn't slow either and he could've actually got some decent points.
If he didn't have bad luck he'd have no luck at all.

Don-R

May 09, 2011 2:16 PM

It's the riders too, Jon. According to the team's tech chief Silvano Galbusera, Ben Spies had exceptional throttle control, and ex-GP racers Laverty and Melandri have that too, which is what the bike needs if it isn't going to tear up its tyres.

JT and Crutchlow were apparently both very aggressive on the throttle to begin with, which made the tyre wear and grip problems worse. It was something that CC mastered by mid-season, but JT continued to struggle unfortunately.

SUZOOK - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 4:11 PM

The top speeds have gone through the roof again. The following is a breakdown of the top speeds from this past weekend: Aprilia 335kph, Yamaha 333kph, Ducati, Kawasaki & Suzuki 329kph, BMW 328kph & Honda 325kph. It's interesting to note that the Duke reached 329kph which isn't bad going for a so called "underpowered" twin. All in all, it was a great weekend of racing. Its a pity that some of the top runners were skittled at the beginning of the second race. Roll on Miller!

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