Melandri joins Haslam for BMW front row

Marco Melandri qualifies alongside his team-mate Leon Haslam, marking the first time both BMW riders have qualified on the front row at the same time.
Marco Melandri has paid tribute to his BMW Motorrad outfit after joining his team-mate Leon Haslam on the front row of the grid at Donington Park.

A measure of the improvements the BMW team have made in recent rounds, it is the first time both BMW riders have qualified at the head of the grid at the same time.

Indeed, Melandri is particularly satisfied to be on the front row for the second round in succession because of the noticeably different characteristics between the high-speed Monza circuit and the sweeping Donington Park track.

“I am very happy,” he said. “The team and the people back at the BMW Motorrad factory did a great job. To be on the front row again in a dry Superpole here at Donington, a completely different track to Monza, is very important for us. It is great to be back after the issues we had yesterday.

“I was happy with the race tyre and I felt good. I kept the qualifying tyres for the last Superpole but unfortunately they were not working perfectly; I had some chattering with them although the time was not too bad. Thank you to my team for the good work they did. Now I am looking forward to tomorrow. I will try to be on the podium.”

Melandri was a race winner with Yamaha at Donington Park last season from ninth position on the grid, signalling his first WSBK victory since switching from MotoGP.

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Andrea Dosoli - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 2:08 AM

It seems more likely to have both riders on the front row, since its the first time this team has TWO excellent riders instead of one excellent and another for sandbaging. It would be the perfect weekend if it ended with a First Victory for both The kawasaki and BMW. I mean, a first victory in normal circumstances for kawasaki since Monza was a POS racing weekend. That would definitely shut some people.

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