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Melandri: Sykes was the real champion

Marco Melandri on Tom Sykes: In my opinion he deserved to win the title more than anyone - he was the real champion.
Marco Melandri has congratulated Max Biaggi on his 2012 World Superbike Championship win, even if he feels Tom Sykes was the one rider who was most deserving of the title.

Writing on his personal website, Melandri reflects on the season gone by, shrugging off the disappointment of his failed title bid by claiming he was surprised to be in contention for the championship in the first place during his maiden season as a BMW rider.

With that in mind, Melandri goes on to praise countryman Biaggi for coming away with his second career title, but feels Kawasaki's Sykes – who lost out by a mere 0.5 points – was a more deserving champion.

“I want to congratulate Max on his success and Aprilia on its winning team strategy. [Congratulations] to Tom Sykes, who is never mentioned, but who showed to be a great pilot. In my opinion he deserved to win the title more than anyone - he was the real champion.”

Melandri ended his second season in World Superbikes – his first with BMW – third in the standings, 29.5 points behind Biaggi.



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Ich - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 12:41 PM

Hmmm, I wonder, is Melandri spitting some sourness? Anyway, I know that in this website a high % of people are Brits and pro-Sykes and were gutted about the results. That's normal, that's fine. But that shouldn't mean one has to call Biaggi names (or "undeserving", "lucky champion" etc) as it happened in previous threads.. . Biaggi has no fault and he's done great. He's 41 (the oldest driver to win a SBK title, and I wonder: maybe even motoGP and other motorbikes world championships?), he won on a bike which was far from being the fastest on the grid (!) and he's been driving at the sharp edge of this sport year in year out for the past couple decades. Well, in brief: it's unfair knocking Biaggi down just because Sykes has lost by 0.5.

grantrd - Unregistered

October 13, 2012 12:59 PM

Melandri just showing his lack of class really.....sour grapes because he threw his bike into the scenery all on his own. Nobody is taking anything from Sykes but Biaggi fought hard for this championship...his double at Misano starting tenth on the grid was sublime, coming through the field to finish second in Australia, getting back on the bike at the nurburgring after a high speed crash to score points that eventually won him the championship. Melandri, shut your mouth you sore loser........



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