WSBK » WSBK Monza: Melandri prevails in three-way Monza thriller

Marco Melandri beats Tom Sykes and Eugene Laverty to the finish line by just one tenth of a second to claim his first World Superbike win of the season.

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GT 1400 - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 12:12 PM

The WSBK racing is so much better than what's going on at MotoGP.
It's fantastic to see so many makes represented and as a motorcyclist now for over 40 years, I hope that they keep this form of Motorsport alive!
Now, if only there were some Aussie riders coming through!!

Boo - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 12:14 PM

People do complain a lot about MM's block passes, but block passes are completely legitimate racing moves... They are annoying, but that is kind of the point! This is racing!

Besides, Laverty's lunge at Lesmo was probably the most aggressive move of the race, but it remained a great move.

Great racing, would have been good to see a British winner, but all three had reason to deserve it IMO

ZeR0 Kun

May 12, 2013 12:52 PM
Last Edited 1082 days ago

one reason why WSBK have far closer racing compared to MotoGP - despite the obvious disparity in the bike performance and configuration, plus the use of advanced electronics similar to the latter - is because the use of metal brakes instead of carbon brakes. the use of metal brakes extends the braking distance, which in turn making the useful speeding length between corners shorter. this shifts the emphasis from outright power, to acceleration and under braking stability.

ducati have shown in many years that despite their twins are a few horsepower down compared to the fours, the use of metal brakes offset their lack of power and allows them to fully utilised their advantage in handling. metal brakes are also more road-relevant when it comes to product development in R&D.

MotoGP should go for metal brakes. face facts - advanced electronics in MotoGP have found its way to the production bikes. but carbon brakes? after more than 20 years and still not even commercialised.

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