Melandri Returns to Winning Ways at Misano

by Louis Suddaby

Marco Melandri took his first World Superbike victory since Magny Cours 2014 and the 100th for an Italian rider in the championship’s history after seeing off the two factory Kawasakis in race two at Misano. The Ducati rider gave the team some consolation after Chaz Davies‘ race-one-ending crash left him with a fractured L3 vertebrae, ruling him out of Sunday’s action.

Jordi Torres had been promoted to pole position following his fourth place finish in race one but the Althea BMW rider was outdragged into turn one by compatriot Xavi Fores while the Kawasakis of Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea leapt to third and fourth respectively. Torres soon regained the lead from Fores but the BARNI Ducati man would have his race cruelly ended by a mechanical failure on lap six.

To his credit, and to many onlookers’ surprise, Torres continued to resist the pressure from the two Kawasakis while Melandri loomed at the tail of the leading quartet. A superb move at turn two saw him overhaul Rea while Sykes surrendered second thanks to an error at Quercia and although Torres battled bravely for the lead, Marco finally hit the front decisively on lap thirteen.

With second place seemingly in the bag, Torres suffered similar heartbreak to his fellow Spaniard Fores as his BMW gave up the ghost four laps from home. This promoted Rea into second after he had won his inter-team battle with Sykes, ensuring he will leave Misano with a 50 point championship cushion. Michael van der Mark put his race one disappointment behind with fourth following a crash for his team-mate Alex Lowes while Aprilia duo Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori completed the top six.

Raffaele de Rosa was seventh on the sole remaining BMW ahead of Randy Krummenacher and Leandro Mercado with Stefan Bradl taking the one and only Honda on a lonely ride to tenth.


WorldSBK 2017: Pirelli Riviera di Rimini Round – Race Two Result

133. Marco Racing – Ducati33:40.89625
21. Jonathan ReaKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+1.11320
366. Tom SykesKawasakiKawasaki Racing Team+1.28516
460. Michael van der MarkYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+13.36413
550. Eugene LavertyApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+19.91711
632. Lorenzo SavadoriApriliaMilwaukee Aprilia+26.01910
735. Raffaele de RosaBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+29.7249
888. R. KrummenacherKawasakiKawasaki Puccetti Racing+30.1838
936. Leandro MercadoApriliaIODARacing+37.4477
106. Stefan BradlHondaRed Bull Honda WorldSBK Team+42.6516
1186. Ayrton BadoviniKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+57.5245
1237. Ondrej JezekKawasakiGrillini Racing Team+1:10.6544
NC81. Jordi TorresBMWAlthea BMW Racing Team+4 Laps
NC2. Leon CamierMV AgustaMV Agusta Reparto Corse+7 Laps
NC22. Alex LowesYamahaPata Yamaha Official WSBK Team+10 Laps
NC15. Alex de AngelisKawasakiPedercini Racing SC-Project+15 Laps
NC12. Xavi ForesDucatiBARNI Racing Team+15 Laps
NC61. Fabio MenghiDucatiVFT Racing+15 Laps
NC40. Roman RamosKawasakiTeam Kawasaki GoEleven+18 Laps
NS7. Chaz Racing – Ducati
NS84. Riccardo RussoYamahaGuandalini Racing

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