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Yamaha Racing WSB Recap & Results – Donington

Spectacular First Race Victory for Marco Melandri Yamaha World Superbike rider Marco Melandri provided an extraordinary performance today in Donington Park delivering his first race victory and second podium of the 2011 season. Melandri got straight down to business in race one, working his way through the pack to secure a well-deserved first win of his WSBK career. With a less than perfect third row and ninth position start off the grid, he skillfully closed in on his adversaries, taking him into second position by lap 17. He overtook Jakob Smrz to take the lead with just two laps to go to the chequered flag. Melandri proved to be just as determined and consistent in race two, moving up to third just five laps into the race and proceeding to battle his way through for second on the podium.

Fellow Teammate Eugene Laverty was less fortunate in race one however and suffered a significant crash on turn eight of the fourth lap. Laverty was able to jump back on his bike in race two and complete the race in the points.

Marco Melandri heads to round three of the 2011 WSBK Championship in Assen second on the overall standings with 72 points, just 19 points behind Carlos Checa. Teammate Laverty holds 16 points and is in 12th position. Yamaha are currently second in the Manufacturers standings with a total of 74 points.

Marco Melandri, Yamaha World Superbike Team – 1st, 2nd

“I had a great win in race one. I was just behind a very aggressive bunch of riders so I had to work hard to keep my rhythm and push through. I managed to close in on Smrz with five laps to go and take my first win. Race two was a little more difficult. I was suffering from a head cold and lost concentration a little mid way. I am very pleased to be on the podium again. We have been working very hard in preparation for today’s races and we did very well, I had a lot of fun and I think we proved that we have a very good package. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season. Thanks to Yamaha, my team and my sponsors.”

Eugene Laverty, Yamaha World Superbike Team – DNF, 14th

“Not a good day today. The race one crash was bizarre; I don’t really know what happened. I almost crashed in the corner before and lost a little bit of confidence afterwards. Race two started well but I had to push really hard. We still haven’t found the right settings for me; we need to fine tune to suit my riding style. I know I’ve got potential, so do the bike and the team, we just need to work hard to combine it all. “

Yamaha World Superbike Team Manager – Andrea Dosoli

“This was a fantastic result for Marco, he provided a very impressive first race. He proved yet again to be a very talented rider, overtaking the pack from so far back and winning. I’ve always been sure that we have a competitive package and today Marco confirmed this. He had to push very hard in race two and had difficulty closing in on Checa. We need to improve on qualifying results in order to get a better position on the grid and avoid the handicap of starting so far back. We decided to keep exactly the same set up and tyre choice between the two races, the decision clearly paid off.

I’m extremely sorry for Eugene. He suffered quite a bad crash in race one but thankfully was not hurt. He had difficulty delivering the results we’d hoped for in race two, I believe he has a lot of potential and can be much faster. We need to work hard with him in order demonstrate what he’s made of. Overall it was very difficult to race in such extreme weather conditions as in race one. I’m looking forward to Assen where I strongly believe we can show how competitive the bike is and have both our riders in the top where they they should be.”

2011 World Superbike United Kingdom

Donington Park 27/03/2011 23 Laps

race I
1 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 34’33.189
2 Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 0’02.455
3 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 0’05.839
4 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’06.176
5 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’09.215
6 Noriyuki Haga Aprilia JPN 0’09.215
7 Max Biaggi Aprilia ITA 0’09.960
8 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’14.860
9 Troy Corser BMW AUS 0’14.877
10 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’16.182
11 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’25.820
12 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’28.378
13 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’31.869
14 Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki ITA 0’40.015
15 Mark Aitchison Kawasaki AUS 1’00.128

race II
1 Carlos Checa Ducati ESP 34’21.537
2 Marco Melandri Yamaha ITA 0’03.397
3 Leon Camier Aprilia GBR 0’05.902
4 Leon Haslam BMW GBR 0’13.842
5 Joan Lascorz Kawasaki ESP 0’14.253
6 Jonathan Rea Honda GBR 0’19.413
7 Michel Fabrizio Suzuki ITA 0’20.278
8 Jakub Smrz Ducati CZE 0’21.160
9 Ayrton Badovini BMW ITA 0’24.298
10 Ruben Xaus Honda ESP 0’24.907
11 Sylvain Guintoli Ducati FRA 0’32.440
12 Tom Sykes Kawasaki GBR 0’32.679
13 Troy Corser BMW AUS 0’34.070
14 Eugene Laverty Yamaha GBR 0’36.418
15 Roberto Rolfo Kawasaki ITA 0’44.037

World Superbike World Standing

Rider Standings After Race 2 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:
4023

Temp:
6

Crowd:
51,500

Weather:
Overcast

Fastest Lap Ever:
1’28.099
(Carlos Checa, 3/27/2011)

Manufacturer Standings

27/03/2011

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

Outstanding One Two Race Win for Yamaha ParkinGO Team

Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies provided an impressive performance to deliver the first one two race win of the 2011 World Supersport Championship for the Yamaha ParkinGO Team. Scassa delivered his second victory of the season on his 2009 winning YZF-R6 in Donington Park this afternoon, while fellow teammate Chaz Davies took his first WSS podium. The cold air and track temperatures proved no obstacle for the two ParkinGO riders as they got off to perfect starts and continued to dominate the race. Scassa got straight down to business from pole position, putting in a series of consistent laps and proceeding to lead the second race of the season from the start, looking to add to his Phillip Island victory.

Teammate and Brit Chaz Davies put in an equally strong performance. After a perfect start, Davies sat comfortably behind Scassa for the majority of the race, closing in on him with just a few laps to go to battle for first. Settling for second, Davies gained a well-deserved first podium position of the season on his home track, making up for for the less than perfect race result in Phillip Island last month.

The two Yamaha ParkinGO Team riders crossed the chequered flag with a gap of over 20 seconds ahead of Gino Rea in third. Scassa now heads to the third round of the World Supersport Championship in Assen leading the classification with 50 points while Davies holds 20 points in fifth position.

Luca Scassa, Yamaha ParkinGO Team – 1st

“I didn’t expect Chaz to be quite so strong going by this morning’s warm up times but he really surprised me with such an impressive performance. I had a perfect start off the grid. I would have settled for second but obviously was much happier with a win. We have won two races out of two and that’s impressive. I’m very satisfied with my bike and team. We are proving to have the best overall package so I’m extremely pleased with this.”

Chaz Davies, Yamaha ParkinGO Team – 2nd

“A One Two win for the team is an amazing result. This shows how strong the package is. With four laps to go I closed in on Luca and tried to get the nose in wherever I could but he was so consistently strong everywhere that it was difficult to pin him at any one point. I had a stab at passing him on the last lap but didn’t succeed. I envisioned two blue bikes on the ground and that’s certainly not what we wanted. I want to thank Yamaha and all my team who have worked very hard to make up for the disappointing race in Phillip Island. “

Yamaha ParkinGO Team Manager – Lucio Nicastro

“We are very happy with the outcome of today’s race. It’s the second race of the season and also the second win for the team. Having our two riders taking first and second is extraordinary. I’m pretty sure we could have gotten this result in Phillip Island but Chaz experienced rear tyre problems. He certainly showed his true potential today. I’m confident that this will be a very positive championship for us.”

2011 World Supersport United Kingdom

Donington Park 27/03/2011 22 Laps

race I
1 Luca Scassa Yamaha ITA 33’40.762
2 Chaz Davies Yamaha GBR 0’00.270
3 Gino Rea Honda GBR 0’20.374
4 Robbin Harms Honda DNK 0’23.469
5 Broc Parkes Kawasaki AUS 0’24.872
6 David Salom Kawasaki ESP 0’32.001
7 Massimo Roccoli Kawasaki ITA 0’42.128
8 Florian Marino Honda FRA 0’43.826
9 Vittorio Iannuzzo Kawasaki ITA 0’52.936
10 Alexander Lundh Honda SWE 0’55.956
11 Miguel Praia Honda POR 1’00.717
12 Roberto Tamburini Yamaha ITA 1’01.807
13 Ondrej Jezek Honda CZE 1’06.106
14 Balazs Nemeth Honda HUN 1’08.528
15 Marko Jerman Honda SVK 1’32.599

World Supersport World Standing

Rider Standings After Race 2 of 13

1. Luca Scassa Yamaha ITA 50
2. Broc Parkes Kawasaki AUS 31
3. Robbin Harms Honda DNK 24
4. David Salom Kawasaki ESP 23
5. Chaz Davies Yamaha GBR 20
6. Florian Marino Honda FRA 17
7. Gino Rea Honda GBR 16
8. Sam Lowes Honda GBR 16
9. Vittorio Iannuzzo Kawasaki ITA 15
10. Alexander Lundh Honda SWE 13
11. James Ellison Honda GBR 10
12. Massimo Roccoli Kawasaki ITA 9
13. Ondrej Jezek Honda CZE 7
14. Danilo Dell’omo Triumph ITA 6
15. Ronan Quarmby Triumph RSA 5
16. Miguel Praia Honda POR 5
17. Roberto Tamburini Yamaha ITA 4

Circuit Length:
4023

Temp:
8

Crowd:
51,500

Weather:
Cloudy

Fastest Lap Ever:
1’31.232
(Luca Scassa, 6/28/2011)

Manufacturer Standings

27/03/2011

1 Yamaha 50
2 Honda 32
3 Kawasaki 31
4 Triumph 6