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Melandri frustrated to miss out on home win

Marco Melandri blames gear problems for him running wide at the final bend during race two, an error that saw him lose out to Eugene Laverty in the sprint to the line.
Marco Melandri has moved back up to second position in the World Superbike Championship standings, despite falling one corner short of victory on home soil at Monza.

The Italian put in an impressive display in his first performance at Monza since 1996, running with the leaders in race one before settling for fourth, while he found himself in the right place during race two when runaway leader Max Biaggi was handed a ride-through penalty.

Leading for almost the duration of the race's second-half, Melandri looked on course for victory, only to suffer with gear problems into the final corner and subsequently run wide.

Handing victory to the close following Eugene Laverty, Melandri was naturally disappointed with the end result, though he takes consolation in the fact he has closed Carlos Checa's advantage to 27 points.

“It's been a tough but still quite a good weekend. I had difficulty finding the right set-up in order to provide more stability. We made progress before the second race but the bike was still quite agitated towards the end.

“In the last corner I struggled with the gears and the rear tyre locked causing me to go slightly wide. I'm really pleased to be on the podium and I really enjoyed riding the track. We have gained some important points but I'd like to get more next time!”


Tagged as: Monza , Marco Melandri

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docc - Unregistered

May 08, 2011 11:20 PM

Just imagine if this was the Aprilia team. Can you imagine Biaggi taking a last second pass by his team mate with such good grace? :) Would love to see MM win the title, but now that Laverty found his feet, throw another contender into the mix....think we are all in for a treat for rest of the season!

Bluey - Unregistered

May 09, 2011 3:58 PM

Marco isn't obliged to admit that Laverty could have passed him earlier, and at many places. these guys need ultimate concentration and confidence, all the time. in order to keep that confidence, some people just cannot / will not lose face. no problem with me. let the results speak for themselves, and let the riders say what they want. great racing at Monza!!



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