Marco Melandri heads to the fourth round of the 2012 World Superbike Championship looking to put the memories of a frustrating Assen event behind him with a successful outing at Monza.
Another home round of the Italian racer, Melandri enjoyed a successful weekend at Monza in 2011 when he rode for Yamaha, even if he saw his hopes of victory in the second race scuppered by former team-mate Eugene Laverty's last corner pass.
Looking ahead to this weekend's race aboard the BMW, Melandri is confident the long straights and high-speed nature of Monza will play to the S1000RR's strengths.
“I think that Monza can be a good track for us. It is a very nice circuit and has a completely different characteristic to normal motorcycle tracks. It is very, very fast, very high-speed and requires very hard braking. I like all the corners, but the 'Ascari' corner is something special. It is the only combination of three corners in a row, so it is good fun. And the last corner is very important to get a good result. I hope that the weather will better than at Assen.
Reflecting on the opening three rounds, Melandri is satisfied that the BMW has front-running pace, but is keen to temper it with consistency now.
“We just have to keep working hard and try to be consistent during the race. The championship is very open and it is easy to make mistakes, especially under tricky conditions. So we need to be very focused and try to give our best in every race.”