Good result for Marco Melandri in race two. He has tried to overcome Sykes until the end of the last straight but his too hard brake at the end of the straight forced him to give up also the second place finishing third. A pity for race one where a mistake in the choice of the tyros relegates him in eleventh place. In Evo class good victory in race one for Leon Camier replacing Barrier (our best whites to Sylvain) and for Salom in race two.
To underline the excellent performance of Badovini with the new Bimota. Also good second place for Salvadori in Stock 1000.
In General standing Melandri is now fourth. Next race is the April 27th, in Assen.
Here are the riders’ declarations:
Marco Melandri Nolan X-802R: “It's a shame that we basically wasted Race 1. From the very first laps I was struggling and wasn't able to keep my pace. In the second race we made some changes with the team and the bike was working much better. I only lost a bit of time in the first part of the race. I had a little trouble braking going into turns but lap by lap I gained confidence until catching up the front runners. I overtook Baz and at that point, with the win within a shout, my DNA pushed me to make a go of it even if maybe I was a little too far behind Sykes. Unfortunately I went wide and finished third, but I had to prove that I could win and I will take that confidence with me to Assen to get my first win of the season.”
Chaz Davies X-lite X-802R: “Race 1 didn’t go as I’d hoped, despite my final position. I made a bad start and then was stuck behind the two Aprilias for a long while. I finally managed to get past them and got into something of a rhythm but then a drop in the tyre performance meant I couldn’t do more. We made some changes for the second race but the front of the bike seemed a little nervous right from the start. I was trying to save the tyre for the later stages of the race but then I lost grip at the front and crashed. For some reason the marshals wouldn’t let me continue even though my bike was still running. It’s been a disappointing day because I think Davide and I were capable of reaching the podium today. We’ve taken some important data anyway and now we move on to tracks that should be more favourable for the Ducati.”