WSBK » Melandri admits he's ‘not fast enough’ yet


Marco Melandri plays down his hopes for the 2012 World Superbike opener at Phillip Island after admitting he hasn't found his feeling on the BMW S1000RR.

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Money isnt everything - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 12:27 PM

Hmmmm, I know effectively he was left high and dry when Yamaha pulled out thus needing a new team but while BMW seem to have deep pockets and good resources they are missing something which is holding them back

I seem to remember another rider in recent times who took another brand to second in the WSB championship, joined BMW and then dwindelled......

Boo - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 12:46 PM

You make it sound as though Haslam had a terrible year in 2011 - he was 5th overall, took 3 podiums and trounced Corser... If the bike was inconsistent, then Haslam at least put in a big effort to get the best from it regardless

jim - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 1:48 PM

I lost all respect for Melandri after what he did to Laverty and the Yamaha team in the last race of the season. I really hope Leon beats him in every race....

Money isnt everything - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 2:53 PM

Boo:

Haslam finished 2nd in 2010 on an outdated Suzuki with no factory support (a bone of contention), a bike that has been around in more or less the same guise for years and has reached the end of its development cycle

Haslam then moved to BMW, a full factory team with heaps of resources developing a new bike and went on to finsh 5th in 2011

So despite a newer bike, more resources and full factory support he finished 3 places lower - hardly constitutes a better year than 2010, does it?

I suspect youve got your panties in a knot because you think Im slating Haslam and whilst I aint a fan of his I believe the problem lies with the bike, not the rider

shamarone

February 19, 2012 5:07 PM

re: "but while he has completed considerable mileage for the German manufacturer, he admits he hasn't quite gelled with the S1000RR as yet."

honest assesment and yet some disagreed with my comment about a possible repeat of his ducati days...? LOL oh well, hope springs eternal with 2 less yamahas blocking see thru in the corners.

re: "electronics is the only thing that hampers their campaign. when will they realise it and get that magneti marelli system"

better question, when will the fanbase let go of the fascination with electronics as being a "magical cure-all" for what ails the BMW...? just sayin'.

rc212v - Unregistered

February 19, 2012 5:25 PM

@shamarone
mate, sure I don't think it's their only problem, bit a big, big part of their inability to win a race lays in their electronic package. you can read a little bit about it here goo.gl/NdVx5
and we see how MM system works on BMW Italia bikes. in addition, there were rumors about BMW factory team switching to MM. it's that situation where there's no smoke without fire

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