Laverty and Melandri put on a strong battle in Assen

18.04.2011: WORLD SUPERBIKE NETHERLANDS - ROUND 3 Assen The Dutch track proved challenging for Yamaha World Superbike riders; Melandri and Laverty this afternoon in Assen. Marco Melandri got off

WORLD SUPERBIKE NETHERLANDS - ROUND 3                Assen
 


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.


  Team-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 I


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 II

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
   


     
 Circuit Length: 4555
Crowd: 71,500
Weather: Sunny
Lap Record: 1'36.413 (Carlos Checa, 1/1/2010)
Fastest Lap Ever: 1'34.944 (Jonathan Rea, 4/25/2010)
Last Years Winner: Jonathan Rea




  Manufacturer Standings  17/04/2011

1    Ducati    95
2    Yamaha 74
3    Aprilia    66
4    BMW    53
5    Honda    38
6    Kawasaki    32
7    Suzuki    27



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