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WSBK Phillip Island: Melandri on front row after crash

Marco Melandri secures a WSBK front row start at Phillip Island just a few hours after heavily damaging his sole Aprilia in a crash.
Marco Melandri has described his run to the front row for his maiden World Superbike outing with Aprilia as 'incredible' after bouncing back from a spectacular accident during free practice.

Melandri was almost forced to come through Superpole 1 after missing much of the earlier FP3 session, the Italian flipping his Aprilia RSV4 in an accident that left his new crew with a substantial task to get it ready again in time.

Despite this, Melandri was back up to speed in qualifying, defying his own expectations to secure a spot on the front row alongside team-mate Sylvain Guintoli and countryman Davide Giugliano.

“That was an incredible Superpole. After my crash in the test sessions the guys did an exceptional job fixing my RSV4. I had lost my feeling with it a little bit and before Superpole I admitted to my crew chief that I'd be happy if I made it into the top six.

“In all actuality I found a good feeling with the race tyre straight away and I put in an excellent lap, but with the qualifier I tried to push but I was struggling too much and went wide in Siberia. I'm happy to be here. Starting from the front will be fundamental tomorrow. I have a good race pace but it will be a battle with at least five other riders.”


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ProfessorX

February 22, 2014 6:31 PM

Go Marco! Don't blow through your tires till the end, those Suzuki's are under orders to make a show of it, and they can't leave you guys in the dust, just pull hard at the end. Can't win by pushing 100% the whole race when the opposition has a tire advantage.



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