Marco Melandri says BMW must start thinking 'race by race' if it is to maintain its recent run of strong form, the Italian speaking ahead of the eighth World Superbike round at Motorland Aragon.
Wins at Donington Park and Miller Motorsports Park had set Melandri on a course for catching series leader Max Biaggi, but a disappointing weekend at Misano that yielded just a single fourth place finish has set him back once again.
Nonetheless, Melandri has high hopes heading to Motorland Aragon having been victorious at the circuit with Yamaha last season, while he feels the fast and smooth nature of the Spanish venue suits the S1000RR well.
“For me, Aragón is one of the best tracks on the calendar, I really like it. It is very fast and smooth and we can use the power of our BMW engine on the long straight. The circuit is very technical, because it is a combination of everything. You have very slow corners, half corners, long bends, changes of direction and a long straight. And I think it is also a good track to overtake. So it has everything to produce good racing.
“We tested there last week and it went very well. I am looking forward to race there now. It will certainly not be an easy race for the tyres and the riders because it is going to be quite hot. But anyway: I like it.
Looking ahead to the second-half of the season, Melandri says BMW must take each weekend as it comes if it is to get back to winning ways.
“Our target now is to get back onto the podium. For the rest of the season, we have to think race by race. We need to be as close to the podium as possible and to try to get some more wins.”
Melandri is fourth in the WSBK standings, 55 points behind Biaggi.