WSBK » Marco Melandri reflects on a ‘great season’

Despite seeing his title hopes dwindle in the final races of the year, Marco Melandri insists he and BMW have enjoyed a 'great season'.

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"Marco Melandri insists he can be proud of his first World Superbike Championship season as a BMW rider, despite seeing his burgeoning title hopes derailed by costly mistakes in the final races of the year."

Is he kidding?
He threw the championship away.
Must have got a bad head knock in one of those crashes, and is still concussed. lol.

Johan - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 11:20 AM

Sure he made some stupid mistakes at the end of the season. But it sure was an amazing season for Melandri and BMW, because Marco and his crew together with the support of BMW turned a bike that wasn't competitive enough to win at,the end of 2011 into a race winning machine, competitive enough to fight for the championship. It's easy to hate and be negative and pick on Marco, but at the end Marco did a very good job this season!

Jiri Simek

October 09, 2012 1:30 PM
Last Edited 443 days ago

I totally lost my faith in Marco in terms of his championship winning credentials! The championship was clearly won for BMW and only repeated serious mystakes could have stripped them from success. And unfortunatelly this was the case. I am really not wondering why they ditched Leon and would probably recommend them to do the same with Marco as well.


October 09, 2012 3:26 PM


Well said, was what i was wondering when Melandri join Bmw, when i wach BMW i allways think what the hell this bike has wrong to not win?? I buy and read some magazines where jornalists teste the bike and all of them where amazed with Power the turning of the bike all good points, but the realaty was that the bike on real race day was only good him 10 laps then they go back and finish him a bad way, then comes Melandri from one bike that was good the R1 was the Champion bike him 2009 had the crossplane sistem that was well know for take care of the tyres and Powerdelevery that is extremaly good, he and Laverty have excelente year.. When i wach Melandri riding the BMW i was expecting for him to have troubles and he had but he really make the diference on the Team has was the first to give them the victory and speacly a good year where they have the possability of win the WC.. so at the end was extremely good year for Bmw they pass form a WTF Team to a ohh **** how he did that ni

what a dummy - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 3:35 PM

what a chump,from donnington on, the guy was losing the plot,3 crashes at end of year,typical it was only a matter of time, what a plonkker,tho he was way better than haslam,or at least, inside his head,he crashes more than rea ffs

pedroner - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 4:31 PM

um, I'd say he had a pretty damn good season by Haslam's standards. How many races did Leon win?

Reckon the pressure got to him at the end. Bit uncharacteristic, he'd usually pretty steady. All those block passes had to bite him back at some stage

Chaz Davies will be doing well to keep him in sight in 2013

And Haslam will do well to keep Rea in sight too

Anyway, Melandri will forever hold the award for best ever one handed power slide, when he won the motogp races in Philip Island a few years ago. Pure class

SV650 - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 4:53 PM

Quite honestly, I'm just glad Marco didn't win the championship. Something about him that just rubs me the wrong way.

I was rooting for Sykes and hope he takes it to 'em next year.

Marc - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 4:53 PM

Wonder if the team reverting back to the Italian team will that mean less support and less R&D? Hope not as Melandri when not crashing really had something going. If they keep improving the bike and Melandri doesn't crash as much they may have something for next season. I hope that Yamaha rejoins the party next season and Suzuki and Honda has seemed to do better. Next season should be lots of fun!

jumbobet - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 5:45 PM

i think this year was his big chance... - gone.

unlikely he will have the same potential of dominating races next year

i expect Aprilia and Kawasaki to improve more than Bmw, especially now that Bmw are cutting down on costs and "outsourcing" to Bmw Italia.

and Melandri is not as consistent as Biaggi and Sykes.

CRT - Unregistered

October 09, 2012 7:20 PM

@ what a chump,from donnington on, the guy was losing the plot,3 crashes at end of year,typical it was only a matter of time, what a plonkker,tho he was way better than haslam,or at least, inside his head,he crashes more than rea ffs

Posted by what a dummy

So BMW should have canned the rider that has brought them the most success since they joined WSBK for Haslam?


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