Davies, Melandri test at Aragon

Chaz Davies and Marco Melandri prepare for the busy summer season by completing 263 laps of testing at Motorland Aragon.
BMW GoldBet Motorrad riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies are looking ahead to the coming rounds of the World Superbike Championship with greater confidence following a productive private test at Motorland Aragon.

The pair were present at the Spanish circuit to fine-tune the set-up of the S1000RR, completing 263 laps between them despite inclement weather conditions.

A return to the circuit where he was a double winner earlier in the year, Davies admits the weather conditions weren't ideal, but was pleased with the progress made.

“We were hoping to do a little bit more but it was incredibly windy. We tried to test as best as we could with the high winds and in fact we found a couple of ideas which seem to help a little bit. We learnt a few things about the bike and about the new parts we had to evaluate.

“They appear to be promising. We also improved a little bit on the electronics for wheelie control. So overall it was a positive test, but I just wish that the weather had been a bit better.”

Melandri, meanwhile, believes he has found improvements with regards to the 17-inch Pirelli tyres being used in 2013.

“The weather made testing pretty difficult. On day one we had rain showers and on day two it was very windy, so we mainly worked on trying new ideas regarding the set-up of the RR.

“We found some improvements and I think that we now have a better understanding in which direction we need to go with the 17-inch tyre. But for sure we still have more work to do in order to further improve and to find the perfect set-up.”

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June 05, 2013 4:52 AM

Lost such a huge amount of respect for BMW following Donnington 2012 when Melandri bashed in to Haslam, I believe to ensure Haslam didn't get a win the same day as he did (the first for BMW). Following this, BMW refused to criticise Marco and in fact tried to blame Rea who was behind the pair of them! Leon Haslam went to BMW off the back of finishing runner up the previous year, at a time when the BM was a dog. He and his father put many testing hours in officially and at Silverstone where his father, Ron runs a race school. Melandri arrived only after the bike was a potential winner and even then only after repeatedly losing rides in MotoGP. BMW should've, at least privately, supported Leon and had a word with Marco. They didn't and internal relationahips soured, meaning only one could stay for the following season. BMW chose Melandri despite the prior work by Haslam.

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