WSBK » Melandri resists Rea as Checa chucks it

Marco Melandri notches up his and BMW's second World Superbike win of the season after passing Jonathan Rea on the final lap; Race one winner Checa crashes from the lead.

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funny! - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:02 AM

Great listening to Jack and James talking nonesense during the delay. These 2 crack me up! On a guy trying to clear up the oil spill: "Look at that, just like British Council road workers... 1 working and the other 15 stood watching!" LOL... so true!


May 29, 2012 1:10 AM

great race...wanted Chaz to pull some magic but still good finish. On a side note I hate when we have a race in america we have to listen to our horrible announces, you brits have the best commentators in the biz.


May 29, 2012 1:11 AM
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Rea for honda RC214V campaign starts here :P his riding style would suit that bike (from where I'm sitting anyway)

I think I'd cream if Cal went to a factory Yamaha and Rea to a Honda!

Put an engine in it - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:12 AM

Melandri didnt win that race, BMW power did

On equal machinery no one would have seen where Johnny went today

Ive said it before - this kids the real deal and Honda better pay attention before someone else realises it and poaches him........


May 29, 2012 1:13 AM

The honda is lacking in power (5 km/h) that could be gearing and drive off corners. With that said yes, I agree he is lacking some but guess what so was the Ducati and Checa pummeled these guys. Yes he crash and I am not a "what if" guy but, you all saw the races. Anyway, I am happy Melandri won. I wanted Haslam closer to the front. Surprising ride from Chaz, really wished he beat Biaggi (only because I like underdogs). Congrats to Rea he rode a heck of a race but Melandri did a better job to claw back from third when we all thought he was fading.... and won.

In all HELL of a show boys...loving it.

George - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:17 AM

So Rea deserves a Motogp ride even though he has currently shown to be no better than checa biaggi or melandri 3 motogp rejects? If that happens he'll be the next Ben Spies.

WSBk is more entertaining to watch than Motogp but most of the riders would struggle in moto2 let alone motogp.


May 29, 2012 1:22 AM

This equal machinery argument is a little boring now guys!! Both these riders were on good machines, the honda outclassed the BMW in the corners, Melandri was shuffled back to third and he dug in and clawed back the result. He lost in the corners but kept it in there...there were a few times in every lap where I thought that he would dump it because that thing was unsettled in the corners, I think he looked most comfortable in the "attitude" corners. With that said if he had 10 Km/h on Rea, I would question his ability, the difference is 5 km/h and Rea cleaned that advantage in every corner. Good ride to Rea but Melandri held the advantage on the final lap in the corners where Rea was so much better and that is what won him the race. PS he lead the whole last lap. MM did not take Rea on the last corner and out dragged him to the line (eg Casey and Ben- Valencia 2011)

Get real - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:23 AM


The Honda is consistently slow at EVERY track they visit, do you really think that Ten Kate have got the gearing wrong at EVERY race?

I also doubt that ANYONE was getting the drive Rea was off the turns, this was his only saving grace as the bike was so slow on the straights

When you say the Ducati is slow too you are not comparing like for like

The nature of the Duke (nimble, torquey twin) means that it excels through the turns and has an edge on the 4 cylinders with initial grunt (torque)

The 4 cylinders are more revvy and make better top end power, hence why they can easily pass the twin on long straights

The Honda unfortunately seems to have the least power of all the 4 cylinders and can just about hold off the Dukes on the straight, so Reas efforts are particularly special

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