2013 WSBK: BMW Explains the Problems in Assen
According to BMW MC Mag, Chaz Davies noticed something was wrong the moment he got out on the track for Superpole 1, but it looks like he and the engineers are still trying to figure out what happened exactly.
Even worse, Davies crashed during thew WUP before Race 1 and it was only with the help of Melandri's mechanics that he ultimately had a rideable bike, with with to start the race from the last row. Despite all this, BMW Goldbet got precious point with Davies, as he managed to work his way up to the 7th position in Race 1.
Marco Melandri's RR was stopped by a part failure in the warm-up lap and he was forced to retire before the race even started. BMW says that the part is now at the supplier and is being investigated.
Race 2 brought better luck for Chaz Davies and he managed to finish in the fifth place, though the mechanics are still working to find the mysterious problem. Melandri was less fortunate than his team mate, as one of the sensors on his WSBK machine stopped working and the “electronic strategies” were no longer usable.
This is the point where Marco fell back from 5th to 11th, forced to re-think the pace and his riding: “In race one I did not even start, while in race 2 it seemed that a sensor failed so the bike could not work with the right electronic strategies.
I had to slow down for a couple of laps to understand what was going on and what the problem was. Once I understood how to manage the situation I returned to my race pace and completed the race. Now we need to understand what does not work and to solve the problem. My aim is to rediscover the riding pleasure, to fight for the podium and to win again,” Melandri adds.
We hope BMW sorts out these problems so we can see more full-fury WSBK "forays"
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