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Melandri keen to make up ground on title rivals
26 June 2013
Marco Melandri is eyeing more podiums during his second home round of the season at Imola as he looks to claw back ground in the World Superbike title standings.
The Italian was a race winner for the second time this season last time out at Portimao, but tyre issues in the second race of the day would ultimately prevent him from making maximum gains in the fight for the title.
Currently classified fourth overall, 57 points behind leader Sylvain Guintoli, Melandri is pleased to be racing at Imola after claiming to have made a step forward from a technical standpoint on the BMW GoldBet S1000RR.
“We head to Imola during a really important period of the season. From a technical point of view we have found a good direction and I would like to be on the podium in my 'home' race. I really like this track, even though it's difficult, quite technical and demanding, also regarding the riders' fitness.
“There is hardly any time to catch your breath, and the humid heat we're having at the moment will not be helpful. Physically, I feel fine though. After Portimão, I was finally able to train without any problems for the first time this year. Now I want to get back the results I was denied due to various reasons."
Melandri has an indifferent finishing record at Imola having never been classified higher than sixth in four attempts.