in one of the dramatic World Superbike races in fresh reminiscence, BMW’s Marco Melandri won a wild and moist one at Moscow Raceway. The race saw a dry launch, then sections of the track getting rain and eventually a torrential downpour took over causing all of the riders, most of them with five laps to go, to pit for wet-weather tires. When the spray settled only eleven riders accomplished and it turned into Melandri successful over teammate Chaz Davies via 7.441 seconds. Ayrton Badovini took third on the crew Ducati Alstare, giving Ducati its first podium of the season.
In an extra shakeup, championship leader Tom Sykes had his Kawasaki undergo a catastrophic failure on the third lap, with flames pouring out from the engine. His DNF combined with Sylvain Guintoli’s sixth, ability that Guintoli is returned in the championship lead going into Moscow’s race two today. Melandri’s purchase moved him to 3rd and he is now simply 32 aspects out of the series lead.
The race received off to a crazy hectic initiate and bought much more complex as the laps wore on. a couple of turns in Jules Cluzel clipped Carlos Checa both went down. Vittorio Iannuzzo and Lorenzo Savadori additionally both hit the deck on the first lap.
The issue for the riders become it changed into spitting rain, ever so just a little at first, making the traction spotty at most desirable.
Davies took the early lead over pole winner Davide Giugliano. On lap two Giugliano’s day changed into finished when he crashed his Althea Racing Aprilia. The Superpole winner changed into out.
with the aid of the third lap Davies had sprinted to a large lead. simply then on lap 4 championship chief Sykes slowed, ran off the track after which had his Kawasaki go up in flames, with an obtrusive blown motor.
If all of that early action wasn’t satisfactory, on lap seven things got plenty greater complicated for the total box. It all started raining steadily more durable, however just on certain sections with others sections remaining absolutely dry. It made for probably the most schizophrenic tune challenges the racers would ever face.
Leon Camier and Michel Fabrizio had been the primary to pit for rains, however they did it too early, because they weren’t in a position to improve their lap instances due to the fact half of the tune become nonetheless dry.
Eugene Laverty and Leon Haslam obtained caught out in the tricky conditions and both went down, Haslam limping badly away from the mountain bike with his leg nevertheless curative from a broken leg suffered at Assen previous in the season.