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Melandri quickest again in Italy

Marco Melandri sets an impressive pace at Misano as he gears up for the final three rounds of the 2011 World Superbike season.
Marco Melandri completed a whitewash of the World Superbike test at Misano as he out-paced championship leader Carlos Checa for the second day in succession.

With just three rounds of the 2011 season to go – and just three rounds before Melandri's Yamaha team withdraw from the series -, the Italian was again in fine form as he unofficially lapped the Rimini circuit in 1min 35.8secs, two tenths quicker than both Checa and his team-mate Eugene Laverty.

Ayrton Badovini, who just missed a podium at Misano when the series raced there back in June, was a fine fourth best overall after two days on the BMW Italia, the Italian sharing the best rounded time with Kawasaki's Joan Lascorz.

Nurburgring race winner Tom Sykes on the second Kawasaki was sixth fastest, ahead of Jonathan Rea on the fastest of the Castrol Honda's, with Alex Hofmann – who is assuming testing duties for Aprilia in the absence of the injured Max Biaggi – claiming eighth, just over a second off Melandri.

Similarly, BMW Motorrad's duties were entrusted to test rider Steve Martin, the Australian proving ninth fastest, ahead of Ruben Xaus, who is making a return to WSBK action this week with an outing on the Honda CBR1000RR.

Having courted much of the attention pre-test, Toni Elias actually finished the session early to prepare himself for MotoGP at Motorland Aragon this weekend, the Spaniard settling with the 11th fastest time overall on the BMW Italia, out of 13 riders, and two seconds off the front-running pace.

Chris Vermeulen on the third of the Kawasakis and Makoto Tamada on the third of the Hondas completed the overall timesheets.

In the Supersport class, Broc Parkes was fastest, ahead of David Salom and Sheridan Morais.


Tagged as: Yamaha , Misano , Marco Melandri

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