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Portimao: Melandri prepared for Portimao return

Marco Melandri is hoping this year's Portimao event goes substantially better than it did in 2012...
Marco Melandri returns to the scene of where he arguably threw away his shot at the 2012 World Superbike Championship with a view to putting his demons to rest at Portimao.

The Italian, a race winner around the Portuguese circuit on his first visit in 2011, suffered a crash during the early stages of race one last season that eliminated him from the remainder of the weekend, effectively ending his title hopes.

Describing Portimao as a 'technical' track, Melandri says it is important to focus on qualifying as overtaking is notoriously difficult there.

“Portimão is a pretty technical track, similar to Assen and Donington. There are some very slow turns and some very fast corners. It is undulating with some blind crests. In general Portimão has a quite unique layout and consequently, it is not easy to find a good set-up.

“In addition, the track is very bumpy so we need to improve a bit more to be competitive. As it is very difficult to overtake there, it will be important for us to have a good qualifying.”




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Dare to Live

June 05, 2013 9:10 AM

Melandri definitely threw away his championship chances in the last handfull of races in 2012. An important lesson to be learned about strategy and consistency, a lesson which Marc Marquez better learn quickly.



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