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WSBK Donington: Mixed emotions for Melandri
26 May 2013
Marco Melandri has slipped 46 points off the World Superbike Championship lead despite picking up his fifth podium of the season at Donington Park.
The Italian, a race winner at Donington Park in 2011 and 2012, came into race day having maintained a fairly low profile aboard the BMW GoldBet S1000RR in practice and qualifying, but was up to speed in the first encounter as he clawed his way up to second place at the chequered flag.
Keen to go one better in race two, a bad start would see Melandri lose ground with the leaders initially before fighting back into a podium position late on. However, retaliation by Eugene Laverty would see him embroiled in a final lap tussle with the Irishman, which ended when Melandri missed his braking point at the Esses and go straight on.
Losing a position to Davide Giugliano in the process, Melandri would cross the line in fifth place, a result he was disappointed with.
"It was a weekend of mixed emotions. Race one was really nice, but not easy. I had quite a good start, then I began pushing to gain positions. It was difficult to overtake Johnny and Sylvain and it took time. Then, when I had claimed second position, Tom was too far away and I didn't have enough time to reach him, but I was happy with second place.
“In race two, my start was not as good but step by step I got closer to the front group. But when I was directly behind Laverty, I started to have some difficulties riding. On the final lap, I tried to overtake him in the chicane, but when entering the corner I could not brake properly so I went wide to avoid a crash.
“It was a pity as I had hoped to get more points. Now we have to continue working. This week we will go testing and try some new solutions."
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