WSBK » Marco Melandri excited by Aprilia return

Marco Melandri sets his sights firmly on the 2014 World Superbike Championship title following the confirmation he will ride for Aprilia next season.

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November 04, 2013 12:59 PM

I'm not dismissing the chances of Laverty and Lowes, but the 2014 championship looks likely to be a two-way battle between Good Guy Clean Riding Tom Sykes and Bad Guy Dirty ( allegedly ) Rider Marco Melandri.
If they get close there's going to be sparks flying.


November 04, 2013 1:24 PM

I just hope that next season either the other riders start giving as good as they get where Mellandri is concerned or race control actually grow a pair and deal with him on the many occasions it is deserved.
Giving marco what is probably the fastest bike on the grid is a recipe for disaster, " my bike eet ees queeker and thee other rideers should know thees and brace for eempact"


November 04, 2013 3:45 PM

I think Melandri will finally make it in 2014. I expected a bit more from him in the last two seasons but Aprilia is certainly one of the best bikes in the field, the same goes for Marco as a rider. If he stays healthy, he should be able to grab it. The main rival will be Sykes of course, but Guinters could surprise again and if he keeps his consistency and adds few more wins, he's gonna be a dark horse again.


November 04, 2013 4:22 PM

Looking like a good season for next year. Hopefully MM stays fit and stays in contention for the title. Don't think he deserves rthe bad rep he seems to have gotten, some people and commentators seem to want time trails not racing. As for people calling for race control to get more involved, what do want, indicators on the bikes ? MM is no worse than any other rider out there and better than alot of them


November 05, 2013 12:53 AM

Now he's on the Aprilia he shouldnt need to block pass and ram others off track as much, he can use the drive that the Aprilia has to make some cleaner passes.

Melandri and Guinters riding v4's again just not on a turd, should be interesting. I hope Guinters learned something from Laverty last season and pushes for the wins when possible.


November 05, 2013 12:29 PM

Marco Melandri is a brilliant racer..and thats what its about, RACING..It seems to me that whenever another rider does the same kind of move, its a fantastic move and they get a round of applause, but when marco does it, he gets slatted for it. I remember the Donington round where Jonathon Rae shuffed of marco, who hit into leon haslam. Melandri got the the hell did he do it, when rae came charging through.Makes me bloody cross, and yes im a Marco Melandri fan and have been for 9 years.


November 05, 2013 2:59 PM

I think if Elias gets an RSV4 next year he'll be up there too. I don't think this will be a 2 man battle next year.

Guinters and Elias plus whoever gets the Althea RSV should be up there fighting as well.


November 05, 2013 6:46 PM

Guinters needs to worry that MM will have the Italians ganging up like Max had to support one of their own, leaving Guinters in the "Camier" seat where he gets all the 2nd choice techs and support, while Melandri gets the best of everything. Laverty too had to contend with being the foreigner in the Aprilia factory team fold & was a clear No2 to Biaggi, and deservedly impressed by harassing the ole fella & irritating him.

People forget that Biaggi reserved some of his most questionable passes for his own team-mates - nothing irked him more than being passed by his 'No2' and I feel sure its was only his untouchable No1 status that kept Max from getting someone right in his grid in the pit box after some races!

Melandri will want to create the same 'prime' position for himself at Aprilia - wait n see!

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