HAVE YOUR SAY: Your Spanish standouts

Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi shared in the spoils in Spain, but who else do you think deserves a special mention...?
Motorland Aragon may have posed something of a new challenge for the World Superbike riders, but it was still a successful hunting ground for the ex-MotoGP riders, with Max Biaggi and Marco Melandri dominating proceedings.

With its undulating layout, high-speed bends and that lengthy back straight, while Motorland Aragon wasn't exactly conducive to overtaking – with exception to the slow hairpin at the end of the back straight -, the racing was still entertaining.

For Biaggi and Melandri, honours were even, the pair sharing a win and second place finishes helping them in their quest to catch runaway series leader Carlos Checa, whose accident in race one certainly came as a shock – not least to the man himself.

Indeed, Melandri shone with his first pole position in World Superbikes, though Biaggi perhaps should have wrapped up the double.

Beyond the top two, there were several other notable performances, with Leon Camier showing comparative – if not better – pace than the leaders on the way to third in race one, though it wasn't something he could replicate in race two after getting a 'dodgy tyre'.

On a circuit that is difficult to overtake on, Eugene Laverty and Michel Fabrizio probably made the biggest gains in both races as they claimed a fourth place finish each, while Noriyuki Haga proved consistently fast throughout both races as he nailed down two good top ten finishes.

Kawasaki can also take heart from a developing Superbike package, with Tom Sykes and Joan Lascorz battling in and around the top five in both practice and the races.

Though not exactly a front runner – or even a top ten finisher at Motorland Aragon -, a special mention must go out to Pedercini Kawasaki's Mark Aitchison, who not only cracked Superpole for the first time, he went on to make it to SP2 ahead of both BMW riders.

Not forgetting the Supersport riders, Chaz Davies and Sam Lowes were impressive once again on their way to victory and second position, though both may be just a little thankful that it took Broc Parkes to crash out of the lead first…

As ever, we want to hear your opinion on the racing at Motorland Aragon – who stood out for you? Simply click on the Comments link below and share away…

Related Pictures

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Giugliano, Race Start, Aragon SSTK 1000 Race 2011
Parkes, Race Start, Aragon WSS Race 2011
Biaggi, Race Start, Aragon WSBK Race 2 2011
Biaggi, Race Start, Aragon WSBK Race 2 2011
Villicum Circuit, Argentina, World Superbikes [Credit: WorldSBK]
Camier, Ramos and Bradl, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
VD Mark and Sykes, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Ramos and Camier, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Camier, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Sykes, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Camier, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Eugene Laverty and Fores, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea and Melandri, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Davies and Eugene Laverty, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, Sykes and Melandri, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Melandri, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Sykes, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017
Jonathan Rea, Davies and Melandri, Race2, Aragon WSBK 2017

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 4:08 PM

Can anyone confirm for certain that Badovini is using Magnetti Marelli rather than BMW electronics? Toseland said in an interview during the recent Eurosport coverage that Badovini was running the same engine and virtually the same spec as Haslam and Corser. Stand outs for me were Biaggi and Melandri and also Davies and Lowes in Supersport.

Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

June 21, 2011 3:55 PM

@nedthehead - Whitham said during the Eurosport commentary that as number one rider it was natural that Biaggi would try the new parts first, however he also said the new parts aren't always better. He would expect Camiers bike to be only one meeting behind Biaggis in terms of parts and development - therefore hardly any difference in machinery. Re the difference in performance - I presume that is not down to machinery, but to the difference in talent, experience and possibily suitability to the Aprilia between Camier and Biaggi.

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