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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fletcher - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 1:32 AM

isnt it just a more exciting race when Ducati doesnt win?? ahahahaha shame on you cheater ducs thats what you get... a nice dose of karma

well done rea you were the main man once again on the race track. That crap Honda was being eaten by BMW and Aprilia.


May 29, 2012 2:17 AM

@ get real,

I do not deny that the Honda lacks steam compared to the rest of the fours but I am not convinced of that as a major advantage. While you may wish to separate motorcycles racing in the same series, it doesn't change the fact that Rea was faster than Checa but Checa rode the wheel of the ducati and beat the whole lot.
Many on here are touting the speed advantage of BMW but no one is saying how much better Rea's bike was in the twisty section...not just a little..that BMW was bucking in every corner except attitude. Yes...I admit Rea is riding extremely well especially when we look at Aoyama but Melandri did not win that race on the straight...he lead that whole last lap through the sections where Rea was 10 times better than he was. The commentator said Rea needs to lead the lap out of the corner to win..3 laps from the end Rea pulled a mile out of the last corner to lead accross the line. Problem was Melandri rode well and controlled the whole lap even in sections where Re

get over it - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 2:24 AM

so many Rea fanboys everywhere. Swear to god eurosport and the main commentators were pretty biased i gotta say. its Rea this, rea that. Meanwhile they forget who won the race: melandri

Roman EmpeRSV4 - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 2:25 AM

yet more cracking WSB racing! it's clear the best racers are jonny, max and marco who -even when they make mistakes- fight back and make up positions and distance on track.

the haslam magic not quite as dazzling as it once was, disappointed in his consistency.

laverty not handing biaggi his a*se except for those in some sort of virtual reality simulation.

chaz was excellent and i liked how he didn't seem initimidated at the front, but rather confident and ambitious. max's overtake was pretty hair (implant) raising as he had to really force through the subsequent turns to make it stick.

checa was incompetent in falling off... he would be miles ahead in championship if not for his goof ups!

A. Dosoli - Unregistered

May 29, 2012 2:25 AM

And The Winner is... Macho Melandri, Ladies and Gentlemen.

Fantastic!! Another Great race after the two good ones from Doni Park. I like Ducati a lot an wish both Checa and Ducati the best luck, but I honestly have to say that the last three races That the Althea #7 bike was not fighting for the lead were the most exciting to watch for the last two seasons. I guess that if Ducati could get into the tussle for the win, instead of running away with the victory, we would have The Best Motorcycling Championship Of The World in WSBK.

Anyway, I loved to see Marco back on winning form again, as hes one of my favourites since MGP where he was obvoiusly underrated since the"DUCATI MISTAKE".


PS: heard rumours that organisers want to reduce races to one race per round. Hope they are not serious about it... It would be a major Blow.


May 29, 2012 2:29 AM


...even in sections where Rea should have eaten his food!! Now had the situation been like Casey and Ben in Valencia 2011...I would give it BWW as the main factor but by the way the next BMW was in 7th so the difference was Melandri who was in third at one point clawed back about 2 secs from Rea..
Yes top end played a role...just not the one you all want or believe
2. Melandri did not have the advantage in the corners
3. The straight is the shorter part of the track (yes it is long) but the twisty sections are longer.
4. Melandri pulled back from third
5. Melandri led entire last lap
6. Rea could not get by eventhough he was faster in corners
7. Good ride by Rea
8. Better ride by Melandri


May 29, 2012 3:35 AM

re: "PS: heard rumours that organisers want to reduce races to one race per round. Hope they are not serious about it... It would be a major Blow."

thinking baseless rumour. that's one of their USP's and infront knows it. bridgepoint can save that idea for the merger.


May 29, 2012 3:44 AM

re: "However, his 1.7secs advantage meant little when a costly mistake sent both himself and the Althea Ducati down on lap five, a fourth non-score of the season"

chubbs, i told you to just go for podiums and then get out of dodge and back to europe. all's you needed to do was just finish ahead of biaggi. you know it's easy, heck even chaz had him pip'd for a few.


May 29, 2012 3:49 AM

@ Joeski

I agree with you. Melandri rode a better race despite being out-matched in the corners. I personally feel that Rea is overrated, but I'm sure that his fans will disagree with me. I'm rooting for Ducati and BMW and it's looking really good (for BMW) at the moment.

Checa, stay on that damn bike. Non scores get you nowhere, and your fans want to see you up front. This is your WC to lose.

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