He wanted to get back on the podium but was forced to wave the white flag just as things were getting interesting. Race 2 at Laguna Seca came to an end after just four laps for Marco Melandri, who crashed at turn 4. A disappointing end to the weekend for #33.
“Unfortunately, when the grip decreases due to high temperatures, the bike becomes more difficult to handle when the tarmac is a bit bumpy. Today, I was losing a lot in corner exit and, while trying to make up for it, I had to push more under braking.
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“Laguna Seca is particularly demanding with the front, but I didn't expect to lose it in that corner. It's a pity, because we started the weekend strong but, as the conditions changed, we struggled."
Despite the negative outcome, #33 is not giving in.
"I'm looking forward to Misano, where we scored our first win last year and we know we can be competitive."
With Melandri out, Chaz Davies kept the Aruba flag flying, closing race 2 behind Johnny Rea.
"All in all, we can be happy with this round. The goal is always to win, but it's good to be back at the front and I feel we got the best out of myself and the package this weekend."
Davies remains optimistic.
“We're back at the sharp end after a couple of tough rounds. We're not too far away from our main rivals, we just need to fine tune some details. Today I got a good start but, to be honest, I was twitching a bit with the front in the early laps and I wasn't even pushing that hard. Then things leveled down, I got into my rhythm and climbed back to second."
His mind is already on Misano.
“We've made strides in the areas in which we've been struggling recently, so we just have to go to Misano and see if we can polish up those final details."