Despite a second successive podium in Argentina for Marco Melandri, the Italian was left rueing a mistake in Race 2
The second race of the weekend at the Circuito San Juan Villicum saw Marco Melandri (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati) taking back-to-back podiums, after claiming third position from seventh on the grid. It wasn’t all plain-sailing for the 36-year-old however, after an early race mistake cost him several positions.
The Italian had been quick all weekend, and after a second-place finish in Saturday’s Race 1 it was clear that Melandri was set to be a podium contender on Sunday in his fiftieth race for Aruba.it Racing – Ducati. However, after running wide at Turn 7 in the opening laps, he lost several position and was forced to fight through the field by overtaking Lorenzo Savadori (Milwaukee Aprilia) and both Yamahas, before dicing with teammate Chaz Davies for third and eventually claiming the position.
Despite the positive result, Melandri felt the race had both positive and negative aspects: “It was a good race today for me but I’m disappointed because I made a mistake at Turn 7, went wide and I had to come back to third position, meaning I had to pass Savadori, the two Yamahas and catch Chaz.
After that there were five laps to go and I saw that Xavi was not so far from me and I tried to push as much as I could, but he didn’t make any mistakes and I couldn’t close the gap. Third is the best I could get today and I’m so happy for this.”
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