BMW celebrates with no 'bitter aftertaste'

BMW allow themselves a celebration at Miller Motorsports Park following Marco Melandri's unexpected win.
BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Bernhard Gobmeier says his team can celebrate its World Superbike Championship victory at Miller Motorsports Park without distraction following a 'bittersweet' weekend at Donington Park.

The German manufacturer broke its long-awaited WSBK victory duck at Donington Park earlier this month, but the joy of Marco Melandri's success in race one would be tempered by a controversial clash in race two that eliminated both the Italian and Leon Haslam on the final bend.

Nonetheless, with Melandri repeating that feat in the United States, Gobmeier says BMW has even more reason to be pleased given Miller Motorsports Park had been initially earmarked as one of its weaker circuits on the calendar.

“What a fantastic day for BMW Motorrad Motorsport! Having in mind the extremely difficult weekend we experienced here at Miller last year, for sure we would not have expected today's results. We knew that we had made steps forward, but we would not have dreamed of winning here. Marco was with the top from the first practice session on until the races.

“So far we have been competitive on every circuit we raced on this season. And for Misano we again expect to be fighting for the victory. We are going to celebrate – after our one-two victory at Donington came with a bitter after-taste, the whole team has deserved a real party. A big thank you to Marco and Leon, to the whole team at the race track and in Stephanskirchen and Munich. Each of them contributed to this great result.”

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bliz - Unregistered

May 30, 2012 4:08 PM

Just goes to show you how WSBK can rejuvinate careers. It's such an entertaining series at the moment. Melandri is following in the footsteps of Bayliss and I hope he bags a championship before he's done.

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