Incredible Front Row for Marco Melandri in an Eventful Wet Superpole

Yamaha Racing News Release

Yamaha World Superbike Rider Marco Melandri fought hard and performed flawlessly to earn a well- deserved front row on tomorrow’s starting grid in his home race in Misano.

This afternoon’s Superpole sessions opened in dramatic fashion with the arrival of unseasonal rain on the Italian Riviera.

The threatened showers managed to hold off for the morning’s free practice and qualifying sessions but a downpour just before the first Superpole gave way to treacherous track conditions causing many riders to slide and crash in the opening laps.

Marco Melandri cleverly played a crafty first heat which he completed in fifth position. The Italian carefully tested the track which began to resemble an ice rink as riders such as Checa, Biaggi, Xaus, Camier, Smrz and Laverty slided off their machines, just minutes into the session.

Fortunately Laverty was unhurt and managed to get back on his R1 and produce a fast lap in the dying seconds that saw him qualify for the second heat in ninth place. As the rain began to cease and the track dry, Melandri and Laverty improved on lap times and went through to Superpole two in seventh and 11th place.

Laverty was unfortunate in the second heat being bumped to tenth place missing out on a second row start in tomorrow’s two races by less than a tenth of a second, while his team-mate completed the session in sixth place. Superpole three saw a competitive Melandri battle for pole position but losing time on the final section the Italian settled for fourth place which sets him nicely on the front row tomorrow.

Yamaha World Superbike riders lost valuable track time in this morning’s free practice as they were victim to major tyre issues where Melandri was unable to perform for the majority of the session. Despite this set back both riders managed to improve and optimize race settings in the afternoon’s free practice enabling them to face tomorrow’s races confident they will be contending for a podium.

Marco Melandri
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 4th, 1’55.768
“It was very important for me to be careful in the first Superpole, avoid making any errors to test the track conditions, gain confidence in the wet and see where I could improve on the bike before the second Superpole. It got particularly difficult when the track began to dry, I thought we had better grip but the tyres just seemed to give in all of a sudden. We had a very difficult session for this morning’s free practice. Suffering from tyre issues, we were unable to work on our race settings for tomorrow. A lot will depend on the weather conditions but I’ll certainly do my best. It’s great to be on the front row, it should a good race and I’m very optimistic.”

Eugene Laverty
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 10th, 1’57.454
“We made some big steps in the dry weather especially in the afternoon’s free practice, so our race setting should be quite good. I was really looking forward to an enjoyable Superpole, but unfortunately it started to rain just as we were going out. It was very difficult and I struggled, crashing and just missing out on the final eight. Tenth isn’t so bad though! We have some work to do if we are to expect a wet race but we should be strong and competitive in the dry conditions we hope for.”

Andrea Dosoli – Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
“As we expected, it rained this afternoon. Unfortunately it came just before Superpole and not having tried the track in wet conditions yet this weekend made the session very dangerous and as a consequence Eugene slipped and ended up losing out on a position in the top two rows. Marco managed the wet conditions flawlessly. He was fighting for Pole in the last lap but lost out on the last sector. We are happy with a front row ahead of tomorrow’s races. In this morning’s sessions both riders tried to improve on set ups they tested yesterday. They both had issues with the tyres but in particular Marco wasted the entire free practice session unable to work on his race settings which was very important especially considering he is one of the few competitors that hasn’t tested on the track before. However the weather should be dry tomorrow and I’m confident Eugene and Marco will be very competitive and have two good races.”

2011 World Superbike San Marino
Misano, San Marino 11/06/2011

1 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 1’55.197
2 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 1’55.373
3 Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 1’55.745
4 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 1’55.768
5 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 1’56.034
6 Troy Corser BMW AUS 1’56.285
7 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 1’56.480
8 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 1’57.054
9 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 1’57.374
10 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 1’57.454
11 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 1’57.831
12 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 1’58.509
13 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 2’02.235
14 Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 2’02.440
15 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP DN

Qualifying 1 & Qualifying 2

1 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 1’36.024 1’35.609
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 1’36.149 1’35.931
3 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 1’36.546 1’36.052
4 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 1’37.080 1’36.246
5 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 1’36.482 1’36.273
6 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 1’36.810 1’36.377
7 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 1’36.793 1’36.383
8 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 1’37.059 1’36.434
9 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 1’36.683 1’36.437
10 Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 1’37.432 1’36.529
11 Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 1’36.713 1’36.581
12 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 1’36.753 1’36.639
13 Troy Corser BMW AUS 1’36.656 1’36.656
14 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 1’37.093 1’36.664
15 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 1’36.984 1’36.686
If you enjoy reading our Articles, please consider leaving a comment or subscribing to the RSS feed to have future articles and News information on Motorcycles delivered to your feed reader. Thank you and have a great day!

Comments are closed.