2017 Misano WorldSBK Race 2 Notes: A Happy Century

Marco Melandri sent the Italian crowd home with smiles on their faces and lifted a weight off the shoulders of a nation. Italy has waited three years to finally claim their 100th victory in WorldSBK and today at Misano it was Melandri who took the checkered flag and ended their wait.

The Ducati rider matched the feat of Andrea Dovizioso in MotoGP, winning his home race on an Italian bike, and in doing so Melandri once again showed that he truly is back on the pace. Going into the race Chaz Davies, who was on the sidelines following his Race 1 injury, earmarked his teammate as the man to beat and Melandri didn't disappoint.

Starting from tenth on the grid Melandri picked his way through the field before taking the lead from a hugely impressive Jordi Torres. The Spaniard had led for most of the proceedings, the first time a BMW had led a WorldSBK race this season, but Torres was ultimately undone by a tire problem in the final quarter of the race. It was cruel luck for the one time WorldSBK race winner as he sought a podium for the Althea squad.

That opened the door for Jonathan Rea to inherit second position and an all important 20 championship points ahead of his closest title rival, Tom Sykes.

For Melandri it was a serene Sunday ride that saw him ease his way into the lead and pull away from the pack to take the flag and 25 points. The win saw Melandri join Marco Lucchinelli, Giancarlo Falappa, Frankie Chili, Lorenzo Lanzi and Michele Fabrizio as native winners on the Ducati. It also saw Melandri claim a WorldSBK victory for a record fourth different manufacturer.

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I hadn't heard that it was a tire problem that took Torres out of the race. Yeesh. Not a good weekend for Pirelli...

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Watching on UK Eurosport, the commentators didn't notice it....but on the slow motion replay of him going off, l clearly saw that his tyre was deflated....still on the rim but deflated. This is the first mention of it that l've found.
Pirelli need to sort there quality control out before someone gets hurt  :O(

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I think I saw a half deflated rear tyre on that BMW when he stopped. You could see the rear bouncing up and down on the tyre. Torres probably was quick to understand what was happening after the deflated tyres of Vd Mark and earlier Rea (Donington), and maybe some more that we haven't heard of because they were happening to less prominent riders and positions.

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It looked low on air when he pulled off the track. Terrible luck for him. 

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How many riders have won on the Panigale? As far as I can remember, only Chaz Davies has won a WSBK race on the Panigale up until this win by Melandri.

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Absolutely spot on Sir Bedevere "As far as I can remember, only Chaz Davies has won a WSBK race on the Panigale up until this win by Melandri."

I checked as well as I could and Chaz Davies is the one & only since the 1098 in 2013 until Marco the melodramatic last weekend. well spotted Sir B.

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