Melandri frustrated as rain dashes victory hopes

Marco Melandri considers what could have been had rain not scuppered his victory charge at Assen.
Marco Melandri feels he was in good shape to win BMW's first World Superbike Championship race at Assen had it remained dry throughout the opening encounter.

The Italian made strong gains from his ninth place starting position to clamber his way up to second position, the former MotoGP rider tailing leader Tom Sykes for the opening half of the race, whilst also fighting a rear guard action from Jonathan Rea and team-mate Leon Haslam.

When Sykes pulled off with a technical issue, Melandri emerged out in front, but his 'reward' for moving into the lead would see him hit the De Bult corner first just as the heavens opened, the lack of grip subsequently sending him off the bike.

Prompting the red flags to be deployed, Melandri was allowed to make the restart, but while he would start from pole position, a poor wet weather set-up would drop him to an eventual ninth place at the chequered flag.

“It has been a very tough weekend. Today, the most important thing was to bring home points. Race one was pretty good for us when it was dry. I had a very good start and I was following Tom Sykes. I was waiting for the best moment to pass him, when he had an engine failure [problem]. There was a bit of confusion and after that,

“Leon was leading, but I passed him. I saw that some drops of rain had come down. My dream was that they would completely stop the race, so I tried to stay at the front. Suddenly there was a turn where it was wet, I did not see the water and went down. Unfortunately our race was compromised by the wet conditions after the re-start. I did not have any grip, so it was difficult to be confident.”

Opting for slick tyres all-round ahead of a second race to be held on a drying circuit, Melandri took time to get into his stride but was able to make good gains in the latter stages. However, after getting embroiled in a boisterous tussle with Eugene Laverty and Haslam, he was only able to get between them in fourth.

“For race two we had a good set-up and a good choice of tyres, but unfortunately we got some chatter again. From the first lap on it was very difficult to control the bike so I could not push properly. The last lap was exciting. I tried to pass Eugene and suddenly both Eugene and Leon were in front of me, but I passed them back.

“It was great fun and Leon, Eugene and me showed respect for each other which was very important. I am disappointed because I missed the podium only by a little bit but we are working hard and we are in a good shape.”

Now one of only two riders to finish every race inside the top ten this season, Melandri holds onto fifth in the standings, though he is tied with fourth place man Sylvain Guintoli.

Tagged as: BMW , Assen , Marco Melandri

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Melandri, Dutch WSBK Race 2 2012
Melandri, Dutch WSBK Race 2 2012
Melandri, Dutch WSBK Race 1 2012
Melandri, Dutch WSBK Race 1 2012
Team Milwaukee BMW, WSBK Race2, German WSBK 2016
Team Milwaukee BMW, German WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW, Abraham bike, German WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW, Abraham bike, German WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW, Abraham bike, German WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW garage, Misano WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW garage, Misano WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW garage, Malaysian WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW hospitality, Dutch WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW, Dutch WSBK 2016
Akrapovic exhaust on Brookes BMW, Dutch WSBK 2016
Akrapovic Exhaust on Abraham’s BMW, Dutch WSBK 2016
Milwaukee BMW table, Dutch WSBK 2016
Team Milwaukee BMW, WSBK Race2, Aragon 2016

Start the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.