WSBK » PICS: Marco Melandri riding the Aprilia RSV4


Marco Melandri samples the Aprilia RSV4 for the first time ahead of a probable switch to the Italian manufacturer in 2014.

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shpongled

October 22, 2013 10:43 AM

Olaf: Last time they were on equal machinery ( Yam ), MM finished on 395 points. Laverty finished on 303. The Beemer is rubbish. Suggest you re-calibrate your performance measurement parameters!!!!
MM will give Tom a better run than Laverty did. Mainly because he won't fall off as much.

Vilas46

October 22, 2013 11:05 AM

I was hoping that Kawasaki would sign him i would had like to wach Tom, Melandri and Baz, would be the perfect Team for chanllage Aprilia for the Manufacters, but in the end is Aprilia that whants Melandri and is Wife..lolo thats good for them he will be Tom best rival, will be a pain to old on Melandri with one RSV4...

ps Since Melandri go to Aprilia other rider that i whant to wach riding the Ninja is jules Cluzel, Kawasaki have to put an eye on him have big hopes for this kid aim shure that will be a runner up at Wsbk with the right bike, Suzuki is great but they dont have the best packages available and since Suzuki is focus in Motogp now 4sure they will keep strugling to fight for a podium..

Vilas46

October 22, 2013 11:14 AM

shpongled

Agree with you.. BMW was a perfect machine on superstock 1000 races only, the rider that give BMW an better name in Wsbk was Melandri and the S1000rr is not has esay has the Rsv4 that is by far a better KIT to Win races.. more esay on tyres, more agyle , the same top speeds and more less the same aceleration... Live will be much more esay to Melandri...

ramjet33

October 22, 2013 11:49 AM

Good move for Melandri, although new rules should lessen any advantage. Aprilia's decision on Laverty was probably taken before his late habit of staying on and winning. (And Guintoli's of doing the opposite) . Sykes will have to learn how to overtake people next year, should be interesting...

shpongled

October 22, 2013 11:51 AM

tallaghan: not as unfair as comparing an injured rider on a BMW with no factory support against a fit rider on what is basically a GP bike wouldn't you say??!!!! ( see first post ! ).

Seems there's some Laverty fans on here lol

shpongled

October 22, 2013 12:14 PM

anyone hear what Laverty said in the press conference? Something like " not world champion so I'll have to make do with xxxxxx champion". I replayed it and couldn't hear what he said. The missing word began with F. I hope he didn't say 'Fans Champion'!!!

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