WSBK » Melandri, weather deny Davies in Moscow thriller

Marco Melandri rides through terrible conditions in Russia to deny Chaz Davies at the Moscow Raceway; Guintoli back in series lead after Sykes forced to retire.

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July 21, 2013 11:42 AM

That was certainly different, & a bit exciting to watch on TV ... but can you imagine the poor spectators at the circuit trying to figure out who was in the lead without the benefit of timing screens.

That compulsory stationary period is a bit of an odd idea / rule.
Nothing like finishing your pitstop & then standing around like a spectator until you're allowed to get going again.


July 21, 2013 12:25 PM

Do you really want another bike now Melandri I think that beemer is doing just fine. Bad luck for Chaz every condition but full wet he had that race won either way both riders gotta be happy with their performances. Seems like Chaz is beginning set that bike up to his liking now hopefully both riders can get back to the front where they belong for the rest of the season.


July 21, 2013 1:23 PM

Unbelievable nobody was seriously injured in that race trying to carry on racing on slicks in a downpour. I think this one bike rule to save money has been put ahead of rider safety. If there was a second bike in pit lane with wets on nobody would of hesitated to change and probably resulted in more than 11 finishers. Racing is dangerous enough without making it worse just to save money.


July 21, 2013 2:46 PM
Last Edited 934 days ago

The one bike rule makes about as much sense as the CRT rule which has recently been pulled for 2014. Its only there to try and attract *new teams/new sponsors to put bikes on the grid, its complete nonsese. If people really wanted to save money they would get rid of traction control and the 'fancy' electronics. Its that simple, not like the politics nobody talks about which have a greater determination on the finishing orders/grid positions.

btw, almost any bike can chance a win in the wet, getting the performancce in the dry is about the performance of the tires and the bike.


July 21, 2013 5:52 PM

Melandri is an enigma. Supremely talented. Remember seeing him sliding, smoking his tire, one hand off the bar out of the last turn at Phillip Island enroute to a MotoGP win. But man, when it goes wrong, it goes wrong for this guy. Just when he had taken the points lead last year, BMW Motorad is thinking, "wow, we may win this wsbk title." Then he scores NO points in the next four races to fall out of contention. Frustrating. Nevertheless, as much as I like MotoGP, IMHO WSBK provides better entertainment bang for my buck. GO SYKES!


July 22, 2013 2:12 AM
Last Edited 933 days ago

re: "the ZX-10R expired in spectacularly fiery fashion"

what the hell was that...? sight glass pop out...? rod ventilate the case on the side...? that's a new one. looked like a malfunctioning R2 unit. that's 1 zed scatter now to 2 rsv scatters. oh, ya may wanna at least put one of those exploding li-po batteries in that thing.

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