2012 World SuperbikeYamaha World Superbike has confirmed it’s 2012 lineup, reporting that Marco Melandri has renewed his contract to ride the YZF-R1 in the 2012 WSBK Championship.
The Italian Melandri joined Yamaha WSBK last year after 13 years in GP racing (125cc, 250cc, MotoGP), and will once again be teammates with Eugene Laverty, who is already under contract with Yamaha for Next season.Marco Melandri (Yamaha World SBK YZF-R1) says: “Yes, next year I’ll still be here in Superbike. After changing four bikes and four teams in the last four years I am very happy to be able to build something that will last rather than having to start over again every time.“Silverstone is a track that I adore and I really like the fast bits. It’s very long and difficult and I am sure that we’ll offer two great races to all Superbike fans. Brno was fantastic not only for everyone watching but also for us riders.“The duel with Max was really exciting, I enjoyed it a lot. He’s an ‘oldie’ but he’s still a strong racer. And I’m sure that in the UK we’ll both have to deal with Carlos Checa again and maybe there’ll some other surprises.”With eight of 13 rounds complete in the 2012 World Superbike Championship, Melandri is in third with 240 points. The 28-year-old Italian trails the current series leader Carlos Checa (Althea Ducati) by 54 points, and Max Biaggi (Alitalia Aprilia) by 23 points. Melandri has been on the podium nine times, including three wins (Donington, Aragon, Brno).
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.