SBK, Melandri: Donington? it will be another story this time

#33 wants to put last season's difficulties behind him, while Davies seeks his first win at the British track


Marco Melandri lands in the UK with the aim of putting the disappointment of the Imola round behind him. His title chase is becoming increasingly tough but the Italian remains optimistic, keen to get back on the right track.

Donington could be an opportunity to turn the page: "I really love Donington as a track and I had some great races there in the past. It wasn't the case last year, but we had just entered a difficult stretch back then while now we know much better our strong suits and where we need to improve.

And the weather shouldn't play any nasty tricks this time around: “It looks like the weather will be nice, which is a good starting point, and our package is getting dialed in better and better, even though our rivals seem to have further improved. The Mugello test yielded some important confirmations, so I can't wait to ride again."

Chaz Davies saw the gap to Rea increase to 50 points at Imola, so he's looking to fight back this weekend: "Donington is a track I really enjoy and, being from the U.K., the atmosphere there is awesome and the home crowd support is always great. My first time out there was back in 1999 and I had some great results with two-strokes, but not yet with Superbike unfortunately."

#7 is feeling confident: We've made improvements every year and it seems that we have been getting closer to our main rivals around there, so the goal is to find the next step and hopefully we'll have some results to cap off the weekend nicely."

Michael Rinaldi also looks forward to Donington: “With three rounds under our belts, the team and I are getting more and more experience. Now we head to Donington, a track that I like, with more data available and the goal is always to get closer to the front. We've been improving steadily and we need to stay on this course, working especially on race pace."​​​​​​​


Translated by Heather Watson

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