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29/04/2013

Assen SBK: La Marra got a victory in the Superstock 1000.

A close victory of Eddi La Marra in front of Sylvain Barrier, Niccolò Canepa (all X-802R), and the fifth place of Jeremy Guarnoni in the Superstock 1000,  mitigate the bitterness of the unfortunate Superbike weekend. A bitter Sunday that did not allowed Marco Melandri to compete  in race 1 for the rupture of the chain in the Warm Up Lap and a faulty sensor in race two that allowed him only the eighth place. It fared no better for Carlos Checa (twice 10th) and Ayrton Badovini, (13th and 11th) both still struggling with an uncompetitive Panigale. Closing the result of the weekend, Camier returning from injury (9th and 7th), Michel Fabrizio (12th and 9th), Neukirchner (11th and 12th).
The next race in Monza on 12/5

Marco Melandri
"It was an awful weekend and today, it was an unlucky day. In race one I did not even start, while in race 2 it seemed that a sensor failed so the bike could not work with the right electronic strategies. I had to slow down for a couple of laps to understand what was going on and what the problem was. Once I understood how to manage the situation I returned to my race pace and completed the race. Now we need to understand what does not work and to solve the problem. My aim is to rediscover the riding pleasure, to fight for the podium and to win again."

Carlos Checa
"In reality I thought I’d be able to do more today and bring the bike to the next level. In race one the rear of the bike caused me some problems so we made some changes before the second race and that improved the situation slightly. We still have a lot of work ahead of us but this does not put us off. I’m aware that this is a challenge and I will do my best to improve the bike race after race."

Ayrton Badovini
"The second race went better for me because I was really suffering this morning. I visited the Clinica Mobile between the two races and they really helped me a lot with a series of treatments that allowed me to push harder in the second race. The bike was not bad but we still need something more in order to be competitive. I wasn’t 100% of course and so I’m happy to have finished both races because after what happened yesterday I thought it would be even more difficult today."

Michel Fabrizio?
"In race 1 we've set up a completely different bike in serarch of the Australian feeling. Unfortunately we're still far from the setting we're looking for, even if we have a better feeling, anyway.?Race 2 has been definitely better for us. Positive sensations are arrived and we gained a better position at the and with our top ten entry. Of course this is not enough for us because is not our natural target.?Monza is the right track for our Aprilia RSV4, we will fight for a rewind."

Leon Camier
"I am really happy considering the way everything has gone this weekend. In the first race we changed the set-up dramatically from the warm-up and took a gamble, but then in the second race we changed it a lot again, but this time we made it feel more like the bike I am used to. I felt like I had the pace to run towards the front and I was making some big passes in race two and then got caught up with Jules and he really battled me. I got frustrated because I thought I could have got to the front group, but we lost out a bit and then I was in a sort of a race of my own. If I could have got to the group ahead I think I would have been comfortable and probably got a good result. Overall I am happy, even though at the end of the race my leg and body felt as if they were in bits; I was just pleased to finish both races."

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