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USA WSBK: Melandri: There are still many points available

Marco Melandri scores his 11th WSBK podium of the year, but he leaves Laguna Seca facing a larger deficit to leader Tom Sykes.
Marco Melandri has vowed not to give up on his World Superbike Championship title hopes despite slipping 42 points adrift of leader Tom Sykes with just two rounds of the season remaining.

Having just missed out on the podium in race one when he was bumped down to fourth position on the final lap, Melandri enjoyed the opposite scenario in race two when he got the better of Tom Sykes with just a few corners remaining.

Lifting himself onto the rostrum, the result still leaves the Italian with much work to do at Magny-Cours and Jerez if he is to stay involved in the championship battle. Despite this, the BMW rider is determined to keep pushing.

"This was a quite positive day. It was not easy, even if I got the best result I could achieve. I want to thank my team; they did a very good job. Unfortunately during the first part of the races I struggled with the front, so I needed a long race to catch up with the guys in front of me.

“This was not possible yesterday as the race was not long enough. But in race two, I could push in the second half of the race and I got on the podium. There are still many points still available. It will not be easy, but I still want to win some more races."


Tagged as: BMW , Melandri , Magny-Cours , Jerez , Tom Sykes

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TalentFan

September 30, 2013 7:59 PM

I cant see Melandri being in the mix for the title really. Hard to say if its him or the bike - he was so good last season till he came unravelled, but this year maybe BMW haven't moved the bike on and Kawasaki improving their tyre life has made it harder, as has Aprilia's very strong package and rider pairing. Be interesting to see how Melandri goes an a Priller next season! I'm not sure Laverty deserves to lose his seat to Marco though, and hope the rumour of a decent Aprilia in MotoGP is there for Laverty - I think he could compete with similar packaged riders well.

Dare to Live

October 01, 2013 3:12 AM
Last Edited 453 days ago

Agreed many points but few for you on the beemer... just another dog of a bike... Sorry mate you are good and have put BMW on the map and they certainly dont deserve you.... Especially after their capitulation from racing...



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