WSBK » WSBK Monza: Melandri: My championship starts now…

Marco Melandri wins a motorcycle race on home soil for the first time in 13 years as he kick-starts his World Superbike title challenge.

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prof-x - Unregistered

May 12, 2013 8:11 PM

Maybe the second half of this season will be more kind to him than the later part of last season.

Sykes+Eugene+Marco have to be the primary title favorites this year. Guintoli looks promising but hes missing that last 10%. Should be interesting to see if he can get it before the end of the season.

hrc2627 - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 1:39 AM

Championship-wise I dont think its been closer between so many riders. I dont think Marco has the mental toughness win the championship and will bin it when it counts.
Chaz will be a dark who will keep building as the season progresses. Sykes will just keep doin the business along with guinters, Laverty while inconsistent at times has shown hes not scared to go for the win and is faster than his team-mate and Johnny Rea will keep riding the wheels off of that 2008 model honda and spoil the party at times.
Gotta love WSBK I have no idea whatll happen in the next races other than Sykes for pole and better racing than GP.

prof-x - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 2:50 AM

Marco was on fire today, he made Sykes look tame the way he man handled his bike with the front end bending in agony. Those have to be some of the best races Marco has done in years, he was good on the R1, but nobody could stop him today, except for Eugene keeping it cool. I think Marco could have won the second race had he pushed a lap earlier.

I wonder if Eugene and Marco still have a bit between them after 2011, when Yamaha probably should have picked up the championship (Checa/tires.)

billie_morini - Unregistered

May 13, 2013 2:59 AM

Marco needs to be on fire more than today and for more than the portion of last season. He had the potential to beat Max last year, but didn't. Mind you, Max is top shelf. But, Marco could have done it if he applied himself correctly and didn't have so many DNFs.

Penelope Pitstop - Unregistered

May 14, 2013 8:39 AM

I couldn't agree more with hrc2627. But the winner of the WC this year will be the rider who is the most consistent coupled with a little bit of luck. Guinters was right on it in the first rounds but he's gone off the boil a bit. Laverty and Sykes are there grinding out good results. Melandri and Davies are blowing hot and cold. Who will be WC? I have no idea but its great to watch!

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