Superbikes

Title hope for Melandri after Aragon win

BMW rider Marco Melandri boosted his World Superbike title hopes with a dramatic race two victory at Motorland Aragon in Spain.

 
Melandri wins race two - SuperbikesEurosport
 

Melandri passed Eugene Laverty halfway around the last lap to claim the win, following a four-way duel with the Irishman, Chaz Davies and Max Biaggi.

Laverty settled for second ahead of Davies (ParkinGO MTC Aprilia) and Aprilia team-mate Biaggi.

Series leader Biaggi has 248.5 points, with Melandri (200.5) moving up to second after the weekend ahead of Honda’s Jonathan Rea (183).

Rea was fifth in race two following a nightmare 16th-place finish in the opener.

His British compatriot Tom Sykes, who was taken out on the last lap while running third in race one, came home in eighth behind Leon Haslam and Carlos Checa.

There was retirement woe for Leon Camier and John Hopkins.

Results

1 M. MELANDRI ITA BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'57.784

2 E. LAVERTY IRL Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.592

3 C. DAVIES GBR ParkinGO MTC Racing Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.485

4 M. BIAGGI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.260

5 J. REA GBR Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.033

6 L. HASLAM GBR BMW Motorrad Motorsport BMW S1000 RR 1'57.710

7 C. CHECA ESP Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.243

8 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.552

9 A. BADOVINI ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'58.249

10 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.264

11 M. FABRIZIO ITA BMW Motorrad Italia GoldBet BMW S1000 RR 1'58.534

12 M. BERGER FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 2'00.164

13 S. GUINTOLI FRA Team Effenbert Liberty Racing Ducati 1098R 1'58.073

14 L. ZANETTI ITA PATA Racing Team Ducati 1098R 1'59.549

15 H. AOYAMA JPN Honda World Superbike Team Honda CBR1000RR 1'59.686

16 D. SALOM ESP Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'59.474

17 N. CANEPA ITA Red Devils Roma Ducati 1098R 1'59.811

18 L. MERCADO ARG Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2'00.975

19 N. BRIGNOLA ITA Grillini Progea Superbike Team BMW S1000 RR 2'03.823

20 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 19 1 Lap

--------------------------------------------------Not Classified--------------------------------------------------

RET 14 2 L. CAMIER GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

RET 21 21 J. HOPKINS USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000

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