Sunday at Imola surely left a bitter taste for Marco Melandri. A less than glowing performance, with the rider forced to settle for fifth place behind the Ducati of Forés. In the UK, the Aruba rider hopes to be back on top, especially after the latest test: “The day spent on track at Mugello last week was really intense and important, because in the official post-race test at Aragon we couldn’t ride after a crash, and most of all because of the issues encountered at Imola. I think we made some steps forward under several aspects."
The British track saw Melandri snatch the win in 2012 on the BMW: "I really like the Donington track - he commented - and I hope the weather will be good. We head there with confidence, but most of all sadness after receiving the news of Nicky’s passing. It’s really hard to make sense of what unfolded in these circumstances. He will be missed dearly. My thoughts are with him and his family.”
In the Ducati camp, Chaz Davies also hopes to be up front, just as he was two weeks ago at Imola. This time he has another rival though, or rather Sykes who has dominated the last four editions of Donington: “In the past few years, we’ve been getting progressively closer to the mark and more competitive there, where Sykes has been the benchmark - he analysed - Last year, despite having missed one hour of practice on Friday, we got a podium, so I’m up for the challenge.
Chaz's thoughts are with Nicky too of course: “I feel devastated over the loss of somebody who wasn’t only a respected and established motorcycle racer and world champion. Nicky’s character spoke for itself. He was a great guy, friendly and determined, who deserves so much respect. We lost a real legend, on and off the track.”