Marco Melandri had a very good result at his home GP of Misano wearing his Nolan X-802R with a new decoration celebrating the World Soccer Cup, finished on the podium twice in third place. Marco Melandri retained his competitive edge that he secured and he continues his climb in the upper part of the world championship standings. Chaz Davies result was not good; after strong performances throughout the practice and qualifying sessions, he finished race 1 fourth before retiring from race 2 after a crash. David Salom was the excellent winner of the EVO category in both races performing an 11th and 10th place. Sylvain Barrier gave a good performance, 12th in race 2, in his first race since sustaining injuries in both bike and car accidents. Ayrton Badovini, finished in 2nd position of the EVO in the two races. Canepa also had a decent finish, 12th in race 1 and Corti, 13th.
Melandri is now 5th in Championship and Davies sixth. Next race in Portimao July 6th.
Marco Melandri, Nolan X-802R
“I'm pleased with the way I rode today. I had a good feeling with the bike. In Race 1 after a few mistakes at the start I was able to overtake the riders in front of me, but the Kawasakis were quite simply faster. I'm disappointed about Race 2 because I was able to make up some ground thanks to the work done in the garage. Unfortunately it is very difficult to overtake here and Baz rode very well and didn't make any mistakes. I think I could have given Sykes a run for it. I wouldn't have made it easy for him. It's a shame that we weren't able to fully verify the progress we made. After Sepang I was consistently fast here too. We are on the right track in terms of feeling so we just need to keep improving from here. Portimao, with its layout, will be able to give us a hand”.
Chaz Davies, X-lite X-802R
“Fourth in race one wasn’t bad. In the final stages I was riding at the limit and although I got close to Marco at one point, he was able to pick up the pace at the end and I couldn’t match that. I’m a bit frustrated about the time I lost at the start when Elias ran off track – he was right in front of me and I was forced to brake.
In race two I had a bit of a strange feeling with the front of the bike right from the start. We hadn’t made any big changes between race 1 and 2, but I guess the higher temperatures caused the change in feeling. The problem is that you need to get away strong and stick with the front guys - if instead you have to push to make up lost ground the tyre deteriorates more quickly. I also had a damaged footpeg after the crash but I stayed out until we were two thirds of the way through the race, just in case there was a red flag for any reason. After 15 laps I decided to come in, also because coming in meant the engine did a few laps less.”rientrare, per risparmiare qualche giro per quanto riguarda il motore.”
Ayrton Badovini - X-lite X-802R
“In the first race, I had a little clutch problem and my start was a normal one, rather than a great one. In race two, I made a good start, but I touched a couple of other riders and that upset my rhythm for a lap or two. I then settled down to a good race pace and was able to have a good fight with a group of riders – and it felt good that I could compete with them.
I am happy with my two runner-up spots in the EVO class today. The temperatures were very high and that could’ve caused some problems, but my bike worked well and my condition was good at the end. Our bike continues to improve and the good thing is that we know which areas we need to work on, so I am sure that our future will be good. The gap between our bike and the competition is not big and I think we will become more and more competitive. I would like to dedicate my results today to Francis Batta.”