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26/05/2014

Donington SBK. Fourth place for Melandri and a double win for Badovini in the EVO class.

A difficult weekend for Marco Melandri who placed fourth in race 1, despite qualifying 3rd under the rain of Saturday superpole. In race one, Marco struggled to keep the pace of the first group, but in race two he found a better setting and feeling with his Aprilia and he was fighting for the podium when he was hit by another rider and suddenly  crashed. Chaz Davies conquered two fifth places. A very good result for Badovini winner of the  EVO category in both races , but unfortunately, as always, cannot be classified until his bike is homologated. Also Salom, Canepa, Guarnoni and Corti score points.
In the championship Davies is fifth and Melandri sixth. Salom (waiting for the homologation fo Badovini's Bimota) leeds the Evo class  ahead of Canepa.
Next race in Sepang, June 8th.

Rider's declarations:
Marco Melandri Nolan X-802R:
"I can’t help but be disappointed. In Race 1 I struggled to go fast, but in Race 2 I’m sure I could have taken a spot on the podium because with the changes we made the conditions were a lot better. Unfortunately things didn’t go well and it wasn’t my fault. On the positive side we collected some important information about how to adapt the bike to my riding style. Now I just want to take things one race at a time, trying to improve constantly so I can get the good results that I know I am capable of".
Chaz Davies X-lite X-802R
“I said yesterday that if I were to finish top five I’d be happy so we achieved that objective. It would have been nice to be on the podium but all in all I’m not too disappointed with the results. The races went fairly well though I struggled getting out of some of the turns. We made some changes for race 2 and the pace was better, we made a step forward but maybe not quite enough, perhaps we should have been a bit bolder with our choices. Our pace is still a couple of tenths off those ahead of us, so we still need to work to improve that. Anyway overall I’m fairly pleased; I feel that I did all I could and enjoyed the racing today.”
Ayrton Badovini X-lite X-802R
“I am really happy with today – especially after yesterday’s crash. It’s always difficult after a crash and I didn’t have a good feeling with the bike in this morning’s warm-up – maybe because it was pretty wet and very slippery. So when the track dried and the sun started to come out and the prospects for two dry races looked good, I immediately felt a lot better about the situation.
I knew that my BB3 worked well in the dry here and when I got off to good starts in both 23-lap races, I felt that this could be a good day. I felt comfortable on the bike and riding was easy – and for that I would like to say a big ‘thank you’ to the team for all the work they put in. I had no particular problems in either race, though we need to improve the feel of the front end a bit more. I would like to dedicate my two EVO wins today to Francis Batta and the team – both are very special to me.”

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