Joy to despair for Melandri, BMW

Marco Melandri's joy at winning BMW's first World Superbike race is tempered by the controversy that befalls both himself and Leon Haslam in race two.
Marco Melandri comes away from Donington Park with mixed emotions after claiming BMW's long-awaited first World Superbike victory in race one, before being involved in a controversial last corner incident in race two.

Having come close at Assen and Monza, Melandri looked capable of challenging for victory at Donington Park from the front row, a prediction he fulfilled as he tussled with team-mate Leon Haslam during the crucial latter stages of the race.

The critical moment came when Haslam ran off course at the Esses, allowing Melandri the breathing space he needed to complete BMW's maiden victory at WSBK level since making its series debut at the start of the 2009 season.

“It is an awesome feeling for me to put my name in the history books of a factory like BMW Motorrad. I could not have dreamt of this when I was young. I just want to say thank you to BMW Motorrad in Germany, to the team at the track and to everybody involved in the project.

“We have been working so hard and we have never been close to giving up, even when we have had some difficulties. We will keep pushing, and I am more than happy.”

With regards to race two, Melandri has defended his attempts to overtake Haslam at the final bend, insisting that – as a racer - he 'had to try' to snatch the win.

I am disappointed with the result of the second race. I was trying to pass Leon in the final corner, although I knew it would be difficult but I am a racer and I had to try. I ran a little wide and expected Leon to pass me back – finishing second would have been ok for me.

“Then Leon was hit and he crashed. His bike hit me and I crashed too. I feel sorry for both of us but that's racing. We now have to keep our heads up high and look forward to Salt Lake City where we hope to be fighting for wins again.”

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big bird - Unregistered

May 13, 2012 9:08 PM

"........finishing second would have been ok for me." wtf?! then why on earth did you try that outlandish maneuvr from that far behind on haslam!!! seems to me like he was the REAL villain in all of this


May 13, 2012 10:40 PM

There were two outcomes of Melandri's maneuver. 1. As he was so far back when he lunged, Haslam would not have seen him and he would have got shunted in the rear probably knocking them both down. 2. Push Haslam out wide leaving a gap for a rider behind to have a go. Obviously the second happened. I really like Marco but that was a daft move and he cost the team the second 1&2 of the day. Was there a brake test on Haslam in the first race too..?

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