Posted: 23 Jul 2012
Race one – Melandri on form at Brno
BMW’s Marco Melandri has clinched victory in race one at Brno this weekend for the ninth round of the Superbike World Championship. The Italian’s victory means that he has closed the points gap on current championship leader Max Biaggi, ahead of the second race.
From fifth place on the grid, Melandri worked his way slowly through the pack to clinch the lead in the race with three laps to go. However, with the damp track drying out with every passing lap, the order of riders had been constantly changing throughout.
At half race distance, polesitter Tom Sykes was still leading the strong field of riders including Jonathan Rea and Carlos Checa, while current championship leader Biaggi struggled with pace back in 11th position.
However, a later incident involving Sykes and Rea ended Sykes’ victory challenge and resulted in Rea high-siding out of contention. Melandri capitalised on the result of the incident to cross the line in first place – nearly two seconds ahead of second place man Sykes. Loris Baz completed the third step of the podium.
Race 2 - Melandri does the double
Marco Melandri has done the double at this weekend’s Superbike World Championship round at Brno. Once again, the Italian rider was able to pass polesitter Tom Sykes in the closing stages of the race to clinch victory – strengthening his title challenge.
This time around, Melandri started the race well and quickly settled into second place behind Kawasaki's Sykes, before eventually passing the British rider on the final lap. It was BMW’s first double victory in the Superbike World Championship.
Meanwhile, Carlos Checa completed the third step of the podium, while current championship leader Max Biaggi placed fourth.
Championship standings after Brno
1 Max Biaggi 258.5
2 Marco Melandri 225.5
3 Tom Sykes 192.5
4 Carlos Checa 188.5
5 Jonathan Rea 183
6 Leon Haslam 151
7 Eugene Laverty 137
8 Sylvain Guintoli 110
9 Davide Giugliano 94
10 Chaz Davies 83