Today we have had the pleasure of enjoying a wonderful Superbike race at the Motorland Aragón circuit. And it is that the victory of Marco Melandri It is the best icing a cake could have. Not because it was Spiderman who got the 25 points, but because of the way in which the whole test was developed.
I advance you that the role of Carlos Checa It has been discreet, although taking into account the conditions in which it is located we can give with a song in the teeth. But, the beauty of the world of competition is precisely that, competition. Fact that leads us to know enjoy the feats of the pilots, whatever your nationality.
That said, I'll tell you what happened in the second race of the Spanish Superbike Round - with a video-summary included - that ended with Marco in first position, Eugene Laverty in second and a surprising Chaz Davies completing the box. Yes, I also find it hard to believe what I write because, starting in eighth position, nobody gave a penny for the British rider and his satellite Aprilia …
In the front row were the aggressive headlights of Tom Sykes' Kawasaki ZX-10R, alongside Max Biaggi's Aprilia and Eugene laverty, which after the tests in this same place a few weeks ago seem to have solved the problems they had with the electronics. Either that or Noale has decided to leave him a 5Js switchboard too the Irishman, who is needed for me to collaborate on a new Italian title. Lights out and batteries charged to face the second chance: Eugene throws himself into the first corner in the lead while Jonathan Rea misses it again at the start, but this time without a crash.
His path was only followed by the other two riders who have proven to be one step ahead of the rest of the grid: Marco Melandri and Max Biaggi. Unfortunately, once again, Tom Sykes broke down as soon as the traffic light went out. With this calico Eugene took command of the race with Max and Marco as escorts meters behind Tom Sykes, Leon Haslam, Sylvain Guintoli, Davide Giugliano, Carlos Checa, Chaz Davies and Jonathan Rea.
Twists and more twists for you that trio will get away. It is not surprising, seeing the tips that for example marked Laverty's RSV4 with 326km / h on the back straight. While they studied each other with innocent overtaking, Carlos Checa managed to come back little by little, climbing positions from the eighth place in which he was until he was at the gates of the podium. Some doors that seemed too far away for an outdated Ducati that suffers a little more every day to keep the type. Another who had been able to avoid so many drivers was Chaz Davies, who managed to leave this group behind.
With 10 laps to the checkered flag in The lead group began an endless give and take that ended with Marco commanding the test. There were four full laps in which the three tried to plan the tactic they would take in the last laps. However, the ongoing fighting only facilitated the arrival by utter surprise of Chaz. His appearance was an encouragement to the leaders, that from that moment they stopped reserving their weapons, giving free rein to their qualities.
When braking on the finish line, Max arrived first but afterwards, Melandri, who used him as a reference, also lost the path of the ideal line leaving the gap open for Eugene Laverty to move to first position in the second corner as Chaz, on the outside, tried to snatch second place from the BMW. With 58 in the lead, the Aprilia satellite tried by all possible means to attack Frame but all his attacks were well resolved by the Italian, who, pulling gallons he was able to pass Laverty in time before the last corner leaving Davies in the hands of the Pirate. That the four passed with a difference of six tenths speaks of how tight the arrival was, although to be clear … better watch the video-summary.
What has been experienced today in the magnificent Aragón circuit is nothing more than evidence of a reality that is increasingly present, in every sense. The dominance shown by European motorcycling has ended with the years when, for example, Honda was Honda. It is not that I am happy, because the more competitive brands there are, the better, but it encourages me to see how the personal and material investment of factories such as BMW or Aprilia is finally rewarded. On the other hand, the eternal balance between MotoGP and SBK is increasingly declined by the series derivativesEither because of their success, or because of the others' mistakes.