18 Jun, 2017
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WSBK Italy: Melandri takes emotional maiden win for Ducati

Marco Melandri has secured his first race win since 2014 with victory in race two at Misano to mark his maiden triumph for Aruba.it Racing Ducati.

WSBK Italy: Melandri takes emotional maiden win for Ducati
WSBK Italy: Melandri takes emotional maiden win for Ducati
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Marco Melandri has secured his first race win since 2014 with victory in race two at Misano to mark his maiden triumph for Aruba.it Racing Ducati.

The Italian rider made up for falling on the final lap in race one to carve through the pack during the opening laps to line up behind Xavi Fores and pole-sitter Jordi Torres. After Fores was forced to retire with a mechanical issue, Melandri hunted down Torres and took the lead on lap 12 before quickly building a gap to the Althea BMW rider.

Torres then suffered heartbreak with a mechanical retirement of his own with three laps to go, giving Melandri a bigger cushion to the chasing factory Kawasaki riders. The Italian rider held his nerve for a first World Superbike win since 2014 in race two at Magney-Cours.

Meladnri's win also marks Italy's 100th win in World Superbikes which has been made extra special coming on home soil at Misano.

With those ahead of him hitting issues, Jonathan Rea got the better of Kawasaki team-mate to claim second place and strengthen his World Superbike championship lead over Tom Sykes who had to settle for third.

In a depleted World Superbike field and with Chaz Davies missing race two due to his fractured vertebrae suffered in race one, Michael van der Mark made up for the heartache of crashing from the lead of race one with a faulty tyre to take fourth place for Pata Yamaha but his team-mate Alex Lowes crashed out of sixth place at half distance.

Eugene Laverty grabbed his best result of the season for Milwaukee Aprilia with fifth place ahead of team-mate Lorenzo Savadori as Raffaele De Rosa claimed his personal best result of seventh place for Althea BMW.

Randy Krummenacher grabbed eighth place for Puccetti Kawasaki ahead of Leandro Mercado as Stefan Bradl returned the Red Bull Honda to the top ten. Ayrton Badovini and Ondrej Jezek completed the points finishers for Grillini Kawasaki as only 12 riders made it home.

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