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Spectacular First Race Victory for Marco Melandrii

Spectacular First Race Victory for Marco Melandri Yamaha World Superbike rider Marco Melandri provided an extraordinary performance today in Donington Park delivering his first race victory and second podium of the 2011 season. Melandri got straight down to business in race one, working his way through the pack to secure a well-deserved first win of his WSBK career. With a less than perfect third row and ninth position start off the grid, he skillfully closed in on his adversaries, taking him into second position by lap 17. He overtook Jakob Smrz to take the lead with just two laps to go to the chequered flag. Melandri proved to be just as determined and consistent in race two, moving up to third just five laps into the race and proceeding to battle his way through for second on the podium.

Fellow Teammate Eugene Laverty was less fortunate in race one however and suffered a significant crash on turn eight of the fourth lap. Laverty was able to jump back on his bike in race two and complete the race in the points.

Marco Melandri heads to round three of the 2011 WSBK Championship in Assen second on the overall standings with 72 points, just 19 points behind Carlos Checa. Teammate Laverty holds 16 points and is in 12th position. Yamaha are currently second in the Manufacturers standings with a total of 74 points.

Marco Melandri, Yamaha World Superbike Team

1st, 2nd

“I had a great win in race one. I was just behind a very aggressive bunch of riders so I had to work hard to keep my rhythm and push through. I managed to close in on Smrz with five laps to go and take my first win. Race two was a little more difficult. I was suffering from a head cold and lost concentration a little mid way. I am very pleased to be on the podium again. We have been working very hard in preparation for today’s races and we did very well, I had a lot of fun and I think we proved that we have a very good package. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. Thanks to Yamaha, my team and my sponsors.”

Marco Melandri

Eugene Laverty

Eugene Laverty, Yamaha World Superbike Team

DNF, 14th

“Not a good day today. The race one crash was bizarre; I don’t really know what happened. I almost crashed in the corner before and lost a little bit of confidence afterwards. Race two started well but I had to push really hard. We still haven’t found the right settings for me; we need to fine tune to suit my riding style. I know I’ve got potential, so do the bike and the team, we just need to work hard to combine it all. “

Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager - Andrea Dosoli

“This was a fantastic result for Marco, he provided a very impressive first race. He proved yet again to be a very talented rider, overtaking the pack from so far back and winning. I’ve always been sure that we have a competitive package and today Marco confirmed this. He had to push very hard in race two and had difficulty closing in on Checa. We need to improve on qualifying results in order to get a better position on the grid and avoid the handicap of starting so far back. We decided to keep exactly the same set up and tyre choice between the two races, the decision clearly paid off.

I’m extremely sorry for Eugene. He suffered quite a bad crash in race one but thankfully was not hurt. He had difficulty delivering the results we’d hoped for in race two, I believe he has a lot of potential and can be much faster. We need to work hard with him in order demonstrate what he’s made of. Overall it was very difficult to race in such extreme weather conditions as in race one. I’m looking forward to Assen where I strongly believe we can show how competitive the bike is and have both our riders in the top where they they should be.”

2011 World Superbike United Kingdom

Donington Park 27/03/2011

23 Laps

race I

1

Marco Melandri

Yamaha

ITA

34'33.189

2

Jakub Smrz

Ducati

CZE

0'02.455

3

Carlos Checa

Ducati

ESP

0'05.839

4

Leon Haslam

BMW

GBR

0'06.176

5

Jonathan Rea

Honda

GBR

0'09.215

6

Noriyuki Haga

Aprilia

JPN

0'09.215

7

Max Biaggi

Aprilia

ITA

0'09.960

8

Leon Camier

Aprilia

GBR

0'14.860

9

Troy Corser

BMW

AUS

0'14.877

10

Joan Lascorz

Kawasaki

ESP

0'16.182

11

Sylvain Guintoli

Ducati

FRA

0'25.820

12

Ruben Xaus

Honda

ESP

0'28.378

13

Ayrton Badovini

BMW

ITA

0'31.869

14

Roberto Rolfo

Kawasaki

ITA

0'40.015

15

Mark Aitchison

Kawasaki

AUS

1'00.128

race II

1

Carlos Checa

Ducati

ESP

34'21.537

2

Marco Melandri

Yamaha

ITA

0'03.397

3

Leon Camier

Aprilia

GBR

0'05.902

4

Leon Haslam

BMW

GBR

0'13.842

5

Joan Lascorz

Kawasaki

ESP

0'14.253

6

Jonathan Rea

Honda

GBR

0'19.413

7

Michel Fabrizio

Suzuki

ITA

0'20.278

8

Jakub Smrz

Ducati

CZE

0'21.160

9

Ayrton Badovini

BMW

ITA

0'24.298

10

Ruben Xaus

Honda

ESP

0'24.907

11

Sylvain Guintoli

Ducati

FRA

0'32.440

12

Tom Sykes

Kawasaki

GBR

0'32.679

13

Troy Corser

BMW

AUS

0'34.070

14

Eugene Laverty

Yamaha

GBR

0'36.418

15

Roberto Rolfo

Kawasaki

ITA

0'44.037

World Superbike World Standing

Rider Standings

After Race 2 of 13

1.

Carlos Checa

Ducati

ESP

91

2.

Marco Melandri

Yamaha

ITA

72

3.

Leon Haslam

BMW

GBR

53

4.

Max Biaggi

Aprilia

ITA

49

5.

Jakub Smrz

Ducati

CZE

42

6.

Jonathan Rea

Honda

GBR

38

7.

Leon Camier

Aprilia

GBR

37

8.

Michel Fabrizio

Suzuki

ITA

27

9.

Noriyuki Haga

Aprilia

JPN

26

10.

Tom Sykes

Kawasaki

GBR

19

11.

Joan Lascorz

Kawasaki

ESP

17

12.

Eugene Laverty

Yamaha

GBR

16

13.

Troy Corser

BMW

AUS

16

14.

Ruben Xaus

Honda

ESP

16

15.

Ayrton Badovini

BMW

ITA

12

16.

Roberto Rolfo

Kawasaki

ITA

12

Circuit Length:
4023

Temp:
6

Crowd:
51,500

Weather:
Overcast

Fastest Lap Ever:
1'28.099
(Carlos Checa, 3/27/2011)

Manufacturer Standings

27/03/2011

1

Ducati

95

2

Yamaha

74

3

Aprilia

66

4

BMW

53

5

Honda

38

6

Kawasaki

32

7

Suzuki

27

Outstanding One Two Race Win for Yamaha ParkinGO Team

Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies provided an impressive performance to deliver the first one two race win of the 2011 World Supersport Championship for the Yamaha ParkinGO Team. Scassa delivered his second victory of the season on his 2009 winning YZF-R6 in Donington Park this afternoon, while fellow teammate Chaz Davies took his first WSS podium. The cold air and track temperatures proved no obstacle for the two ParkinGO riders as they got off to perfect starts and continued to dominate the race. Scassa got straight down to business from pole position, putting in a series of consistent laps and proceeding to lead the second race of the season from the start, looking to add to his Phillip Island victory.

Teammate and Brit Chaz Davies put in an equally strong performance. After a perfect start, Davies sat comfortably behind Scassa for the majority of the race, closing in on him with just a few laps to go to battle for first. Settling for second, Davies gained a well-deserved first podium position of the season on his home track, making up for for the less than perfect race result in Phillip Island last month.

The two Yamaha ParkinGO Team riders crossed the chequered flag with a gap of over 20 seconds ahead of Gino Rea in third. Scassa now heads to the third round of the World Supersport Championship in Assen leading the classification with 50 points while Davies holds 20 points in fifth position.

Luca Scassa, Yamaha ParkinGO Team

1st

“I didn’t expect Chaz to be quite so strong going by this morning’s warm up times but he really surprised me with such an impressive performance. I had a perfect start off the grid. I would have settled for second but obviously was much happier with a win. We have won two races out of two and that’s impressive. I’m very satisfied with my bike and team. We are proving to have the best overall package so I’m extremely pleased with this.”

Luca Scassa

Chaz Davies

Chaz Davies, Yamaha ParkinGO Team

2nd

“A One Two win for the team is an amazing result. This shows how strong the package is. With four laps to go I closed in on Luca and tried to get the nose in wherever I could but he was so consistently strong everywhere that it was difficult to pin him at any one point. I had a stab at passing him on the last lap but didn’t succeed. I envisioned two blue bikes on the ground and that’s certainly not what we wanted. I want to thank Yamaha and all my team who have worked very hard to make up for the disappointing race in Phillip Island. “

Yamaha ParkinGO Team Manager - Lucio Nicastro

“We are very happy with the outcome of today’s race. It’s the second race of the season and also the second win for the team. Having our two riders taking first and second is extraordinary. I’m pretty sure we could have gotten this result in Phillip Island but Chaz experienced rear tyre problems. He certainly showed his true potential today. I’m confident that this will be a very positive championship for us.”

2011 World Supersport United Kingdom

Donington Park 27/03/2011

22 Laps

race I

1

Luca Scassa

Yamaha

ITA

33'40.762

2

Chaz Davies

Yamaha

GBR

0'00.270

3

Gino Rea

Honda

GBR

0'20.374

4

Robbin Harms

Honda

DNK

0'23.469

5

Broc Parkes

Kawasaki

AUS

0'24.872

6

David Salom

Kawasaki

ESP

0'32.001

7

Massimo Roccoli

Kawasaki

ITA

0'42.128

8

Florian Marino

Honda

FRA

0'43.826

9

Vittorio Iannuzzo

Kawasaki

ITA

0'52.936

10

Alexander Lundh

Honda

SWE

0'55.956

11

Miguel Praia

Honda

POR

1'00.717

12

Roberto Tamburini

Yamaha

ITA

1'01.807

13

Ondrej Jezek

Honda

CZE

1'06.106

14

Balazs Nemeth

Honda

HUN

1'08.528

15

Marko Jerman

Honda

SVK

1'32.599

World Supersport World Standing

Rider Standings

After Race 2 of 13

1.

Luca Scassa

Yamaha

ITA

50

2.

Broc Parkes

Kawasaki

AUS

31

3.

Robbin Harms

Honda

DNK

24

4.

David Salom

Kawasaki

ESP

23

5.

Chaz Davies

Yamaha

GBR

20

6.

Florian Marino

Honda

FRA

17

7.

Gino Rea

Honda

GBR

16

8.

Sam Lowes

Honda

GBR

16

9.

Vittorio Iannuzzo

Kawasaki

ITA

15

10.

Alexander Lundh

Honda

SWE

13

11.

James Ellison

Honda

GBR

10

12.

Massimo Roccoli

Kawasaki

ITA

9

13.

Ondrej Jezek

Honda

CZE

7

14.

Danilo Dell'omo

Triumph

ITA

6

15.

Ronan Quarmby

Triumph

RSA

5

16.

Miguel Praia

Honda

POR

5

17.

Roberto Tamburini

Yamaha

ITA

4

Circuit Length:
4023

Temp:
8

Crowd:
51,500

Weather:
Cloudy

Fastest Lap Ever:
1'31.232
(Luca Scassa, 6/28/2011)

Manufacturer Standings

27/03/2011

1

Yamaha

50

2

Honda

32

3

Kawasaki

31

4

Triumph

6