Melandri 'really happy' with third win

Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi pick up where they left off at Brno, with the Yamaha rider securing another win and second place finish.
Marco Melandri leaves the eighth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship in a positive mood after once again getting the better of Max Biaggi to notch up a third win of the season.

In a situation that bore resemblance to their day-long tussle at Motorland Aragon last month, Melandri and Biaggi secured a win apiece in the Czech Republic to reduce the gap to series leader Carlos Checa by 13 points.

Melandri's win came in the first race after his perseverance behind Biaggi was rewarded by a pass with just three laps remaining, the former MotoGP rider duly holding on to the chequered flag.

He attempted to do the same in race two, Melandri passing for the lead on the penultimate lap, but would have no answer to Biaggi's counter-attack just seconds later.

Nonetheless, despite frustrated to miss out on the double, Melandri is pleased with another strong set of results against some accomplished competition.

"It's a great sensation to be on my third win of the season but I still need to do a double," the Yamaha rider said. "I'm really happy with today's results. At the beginning of race one I didn't think I'd catch up on Max, so I immediately passed Eugene in order to tail him. I was struggling to keep in front, at times Max was faster than me.

“Race two was also very difficult. I certainly didn't give up but it wasn't easy to keep pushing. Max and I had a nice battle which I think we both enjoyed, and I'm sure the spectators did also. I have to say thanks to the team for doing such a good job again. I'm looking forward to Silverstone."

Thrid place Melandri is 23 points behind Biaggi in the standings and 53 points behind Checa.

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Realfan 10 - Unregistered

July 10, 2011 8:52 PM

Great ride Marco and great to see you at the front once again. Great battle with Max and good to see you both keeping it clean. Who needs MotoGP with its dwindling entries and even more limited competitive machinery for the gifted few. Great racing

jjletho - Unregistered

July 11, 2011 1:45 AM

@wsb. that's because the best young talents go to motogp as soon as they can. and they're doing a huge mistake because motogp is more like formula 1, if you don't have the right bike you're done... and burned. so bad that media coverage is so short-sighted, even is all about formula 1 and motogp, but motogp not only is too expensive, it sucks compared to world sbk.

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