News 15 Sep 2011

Melandri tops World Superbike testing at Misano, Elias rides BMW

Yamaha's Marco Melandri was quickest in World Superbike testing at Misano.

Yamaha's Marco Melandri was quickest in World Superbike testing at Misano.

Marco Melandri (Yamaha World Superbike) stayed clear of the field once again in the second and final day of World Superbike testing at Misano.

The Italian lapped in 1:35.8 seconds, seven-tenths of a second quicker than the official race record held by Carlos Checa in 1:36.52. Melandri’s mark was also quicker than Checa’s testing time of 1:36.0 set back in May on soft tyres.

Yamaha successfully tested the electronic updates requested by Melandri after the Misano round, which had not seen particularly positive results for the Italian-based team.

Checa (Althea Racing) was second quickest, a couple of tenths behind, the Ducati man focussing on tyre testing for the upcoming rounds and for the opening round of the 2012 season. Third was Melandri’s teammate Eugene Laverty.

Ayrton Badovini was an excellent fourth for BMW Italia with a time of 1:36.1, the young Italian doing most of the development work due to the absence of BMW Motorrad, while Steve Martin was the only rider present for the test-team. Badovini also had a harmless crash in the morning’s run.

Toni Elias’s test with the BMW left vacant by James Toseland concluded early on, the Spaniard improving to 1:37.8 before heading off to Aragon for the MotoGP race.

In Kawasaki, Joan Lascorz was slightly quicker than team leader and Nurburgring winner Tom Sykes with a 1:36.1, while Chris Vermeulen was still suffering from the injury to his right knee and did not go out today.

With Max Biaggi recovering from the bone fracture in his left foot, Aprilia only brought along Alex Hofmann for the test. The Italian however should be ready to race at next week’s Imola round.