WSBK » Melandri scales standings but rues victory loss

Marco Melandri blames gear problems for him running wide at the final bend during race two, an error that saw him lose out to Eugene Laverty in the sprint to the line.

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docc - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 11:20 PM

Just imagine if this was the Aprilia team. Can you imagine Biaggi taking a last second pass by his team mate with such good grace? :)

Would love to see MM win the title, but now that Laverty found his feet, throw another contender into the mix....think we are all in for a treat for rest of the season!

Tom - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 11:33 AM

Sure, it's your gearbox that felt the pressure of a much faster team mate that could pass you just about everywhere on that last lap...

Some riders just cannot admit that somebody is stronger on a given day, it's a shame.

Good racing though from both of them´- and all the rest behind.

Superbike rules !

Dario - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 1:09 PM

@Tom, please, Laverty was lucky MM went wide slightly. He should have passed when MM made that mistake, cause otherwise he cut it too close for the final corner. Laverty was quicker, but that doesn't meant MM couldn't have held him off. MM could have taken a much more defensive line, or braked 3 feet sooner, and the result would have been different.

anon - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 1:27 PM

The way I saw it, which is of course exactly how it happened :-D, was that Laverty had the measure of Melandri throughout, and Marco knew that an attack would come in the final turn. Melandri simply tried to brake later than was possible and ran wide as he could not match what Laverty was able to do. If Melandri had taken the turn at the pace he and his bike were capable of, Laverty would have taken him anyway.

What Melandri has apparently said later on is smoke and mirrors.

Both cracking riders, thanks for the show!

Bluey - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 3:58 PM

Marco isn't obliged to admit that Laverty could have passed him earlier, and at many places. these guys need ultimate concentration and confidence, all the time. in order to keep that confidence, some people just cannot / will not lose face. no problem with me. let the results speak for themselves, and let the riders say what they want. great racing at Monza!!


May 09, 2011 4:18 PM
Last Edited 1823 days ago

I didn't see the post race interviews so is he saying the bike had gearbox problems, or that he had problems like a missed shift or something?
Great race by Laverty though.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

May 10, 2011 7:57 AM

Melandri certainly had a setup which resulted in stability problems. As a long term viewer of Monza races there was an inevitability about the pass - MM tried to give Laverty the lead earlier so that he could follow on the final lap.

What happens on the track is the important stuff - I don't think any less of a rider if they say some things which appear obviously incorrect - they have confidence and a big ego to maintain - afterall this is bike racing not a debating society!

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