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Leon Haslam's hopes of a popular win on home soil comes to a disappointing conclusion...
The second race of the day at Donington Park has earned itself a place in history as one of the most controversial races to occur in World Superbikes.

The fallout from the last corner skirmish between Leon Haslam, Marco Melandri and Jonathan Rea is likely to rumble on for a little while yet, but in the meantime relive the moment Haslam saw his hopes of a famous victory at his local circuit came to a crushing end…

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Jonathan Rea leads. Melandri and Haslam crash, Race 2, Donington WSBK 2012
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Jonathan Rea leads. Melandri and Haslam crash, Race 2, Donington WSBK 2012
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Haslam and Melandri crash, Race 2, Donington WSBK 2012
Haslam and Melandri crash, Race 2, Donington WSBK 2012
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Haslam and Melandri crash, Race 2, Donington WSBK 2012
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Sasha - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 7:20 PM

I just watched the incident 20 times at youtube, including freezing the image. So what Melandri outbreakes himself on the first corner, hits nobody but goes wide out of harms way. And then Rea hits Haslam, who goes down and takes out Melandri. How the **** can that be Melandri's fault? Melandri hit nobody in that last corner. IMHO it is a typical last corner where three people try to win, one overcooks it but hits nobody and the other two clash in a fight for space. **** happens. Again, why blame Melandri?

Tom - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 7:39 PM

Melandri is not to blame for this. He lunged, yes. But had NO chance of winning. So he would have just pulled it up and took 2nd. JR comes buldering through, LIKE HE DID TO MELANDRI laps earlier, bangs into Leon which sent him into Mel. So the way I see it, JR being too aggressive and trying to snatch that gap knowing Leon would pull it up is what caused that. Why do you think he was so appologetic in the interview! 'Coz he knows that was his fault. You can't go round putting your bike where someone else is.. That's Schumackers game...



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