The United States, where dreaming is encouraged. This might be a good slogan for Marco Melandri ahead of the American WorldSBK round. The Italian had a rather disappointing outing at Brno, where an issue in Race 2 sent his hopes up in smoke.
In America #33 wants to put his troubles behind him and get back on the right path. “I'm very happy to ride at Laguna Seca. The place itself is gorgeous and, despite the fact that a technical problem in Race 2 at Brno probably deprived us of a great result, I think that as a team we're in great shape. We learned many things and I believe we can be really fast."
Melandri is optimistic: “It's the right track for us to bounce back. The United States always gave me positive vibes, so I can't wait to hop back on the Panigale R and fight at the top, as we've shown we're capable of doing."
In the Ducati camp, Chaz Davies needs to work to close the 65-point gap to Johnny Rea. Not an easy ask, but the Welshman has no intention of giving up: "Competing at Laguna Seca is always a fun challenge. It's a tough track, with a lot of technical parts to it. Camber and elevation change quite a lot, there are fast corners and hairpins, and obviously the 'Corkscrew' itself. It's hard to set the bike up right, because you want stability but also agility, so you need to find a good compromise."
The Aruba rider believes in his potential: “ I think it suits my style, I really enjoy riding there and I'm looking forward to getting back on the Panigale R to build on what we found at Brno and aim for even better results."