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SBK, Melandri: At Aragón Ducati will not have the problems of Buriram

Davies chomps at the bit: "This is a balanced Championship, but I am ready to do battle", in Spain Rinaldi makes his début with the third Panigale 

SBK: Melandri: At Aragón Ducati will not have the problems of Buriram

The World Championship heads to the Old World and Marco Melandri is seeking his fortune after the difficulties he had three weeks ago in Buriram. Motorland is a track that holds fond memories for the Italian, so much that he has won there twice, so he has no lack of confidence: “Aragón is a track that I like a lot and a place where I have achieved good results on several occasions – he recalled – I’m happy to begin the European stage of the season from there. I feel like I am in good form and I am convinced that I can be fast.”

So the Aruba rider is keeping his morale high: “I am confident in our chances of eliminating the problem that limited us and getting back to contending for the win or at least for the podium – he warned – It seems that in Spain the weather may turn out to be another variable, so we’ll see what happens.”

Dreaming of confirmation in the Ducati camp, on the other hand, is Chaz Davies, winner of Race to at Chang. His success in Buriram allowed the Welshman to narrow the gap in the overall standings: “I am pumped up for the third round – he warned – The win in Thailand was very important and it gave me confidence, because I had always struggled on that track in the past. At Aragón, on the other hand, I have good memories – he pointed out – My first podium, my first double win and my first win with the Panigale R.”

Therefore, expectations are high for him: “For me it will be a race like any other and I expect that several riders are capable of battling for the win – he analysed – In general, the races have been very well balanced in the early part of this season. I haven’t seen great differences between the bikes on the track. I’m ready to do battle.”

At Motorland, team Aruba will triple their chances, with Michael Rinaldi also in action: “I am very happy and ready for this début in Superbike – the Italian said – We’ve worked hard over the past months to be ready for the start and I really want to get back to racing. We will obviously do our best, well aware that we still have much to learn.

His last outing gave the Stock1000 reigning champion more familiarity with his bike: “In the tests, we consistently improved both the base setting and my confidence in the bike and the team – he revealed – Now all that’s left is to get out on the track and see where we stand.”

Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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