World Superbike: Laverty and Melandri battle in Assen World Superbike

Yamaha Racing Press Release

World Superbike: The Dutch track proved challenging for Yamaha World Superbike riders; Melandri and Laverty this afternoon in Assen.

Marco Melandri got off to a less than perfect start off the grid in race one falling from eighth back to eleventh in the first lap.

He put his head down, working his way through the pack and pushed up to fifth place by lap ten. Aiming for a podium he closed in on the leading gang before crossing the chequered flag in fourth position.

world superbike, 2011 world superbike, 2011 world superbike racing, world superbike racing, 2011 assen world superbike, assen world superbikeTeam-mate Laverty initially fell back a few places before regaining third position on lap seven and creating a significant gap ahead of Checa in fourth. Unfortunately mid race he began to struggle with the rear of the bike and found himself fighting hard to maintain the pace before crossing the finish line in seventh.

The determined Irishman put on a strong and steady performance in race two. Experiencing trouble with the front of the bike he initially fell back to ninth but put in a series of consistent laps to push back up to sixth.

Race two proved unfortunate for Melandri who shot off from eighth position on the grid and worked his way up to fourth before losing the front of the bike and crashing out on turn seven of the 16th lap. The Italian put in the top speed in race one and two with his YZF-R1 reaching a high of 298.7 km/h.

Melandri heads to round four of the 2011 championship in Monza third in the championship with 85 points, 47 behind the current championship leader. Team-mate Laverty sits in ninth place in the standings with 35 points.

Marco Melandri
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 4th, DNF
“I got a bad start in race one and seemed to be losing feeling in the rear of the bike. By the time I had regained feeling and a good race pace it was too late to push for the podium. In Race two the bike seemed to have a better set up and I managed to get a good start off the grid. I closed in on the leading pack but after the first ten laps I started losing grip in the rear tyre. I was keeping an eye on Rea and was planning to close in on him in the last laps but unfortunately without even realizing it, I lost the front and crashed out. I’m very disappointed with this and hope it doesn’t happen again.”

Eugene Laverty
Yamaha World Superbike Team – 7th, 6th
“I was doing really well until mid way through race one when I started suffering from chatter and losing balance due to displacement in the rear tyre. I struggled for the second half of the race and managed to finish in seventh position. Race two was more consistent even if a little slower. We made the wrong choice of tyres on the front but I’m still getting used to Superbike tyres and knowing what I need to use as the temperatures change. This weekend has been productive, I’ve learned more in this round than I have so far this season.”

Andrea Dosoli – Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager
It’s a pity how race two concluded for Marco. He got off to a good start and held faster race pace than in race one. Putting in a series of fast laps on a hard race tyre was stressing the front tyre on entering turns and consequently he lost the front of the bike. The lack of results on this track will make him more motivated before his home round in Monza. Eugene made great progress this weekend and is definitely more prepared for the upcoming races. He didn’t just gain points but also valuable experience. The technical input from the problems encountered here will help improve on the set up in preparation for the next round. We need to increase the bike stability exiting turns and find a better setting to be used with soft tyres.We aren’t using the bike to its full potential.”

2011 World Superbike Netherlands
Assen 17/04/2011
22 Laps


race 1
1 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 35’46.486
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’39.000
3 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0’03.572
4 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 0’09.508
5 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’09.892
6 Troy Corser BMW AUS 0’11.120
7 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’15.235
8 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’30.081
9 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’32.072
10 Mark Aitchison Kawasaki AUS 0’35.000
11 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’43.287
12 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’45.289
13 Barry Veneman BMW NED 0’45.298
14 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’50.764
race 2
1 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 35’38.693
2 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’00.524
3 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’03.584
4 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’05.913
5 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’16.916
6 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’17.375
7 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’17.740
8 Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’18.329
9 Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 0’18.378
10 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’18.404
11 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’26.284
12 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’27.053
13 Maxime Berger Ducati FRA 0’38.614
14 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’40.824
15 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’40.953

Best Lap

Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 1’36.476



World Superbike World Standing
Rider Standings
After Race 3 of 13


1. Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 91
2. Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 72
3. Leon Haslam BMW GBR 53
4. Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 49
5. Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 42
6. Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 38
7. Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 37
8. Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 27
9. Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 26
10. Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 19
11. Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 17
12. Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 16
13. Troy Corser BMW AUS 16
14. Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 16
15. Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 12
16. Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki ITA 12
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