Marco Melandri insists he hasn't shown his full potential at World Superbike level just yet as he continues to feel the effects of a shoulder injury that has plagued him in recent months.
The MotoGP race winner underwent surgery over the Christmas period to alleviate some of the pain in the shoulder, though the long recovery period means he is still experiencing some discomfort when riding the Yamaha R1.
Nonetheless, he is satisfied with the progress both his shoulder and his WSBK, the Italian having shown consistent top ten pace during the recent two-day test at Phillip Island this week.
With his WSBK debut at the same circuit looming, Melandri is looking forward to officially starting a new chapter in his lengthy career.
“I am very excited about starting this season,” he said. “I'm enjoying being in the World Superbike paddock and I really have the feeling that I now have a competitive machine and the right conditions to challenge for race wins.
“My shoulder has taken some time to recover from my operation which has meant I have not been able to give 100 per cent at times in testing, but progress continues to be very good to full fitness.
"This weekend's two races are still quite soon for it, we will have to see how strong it is over race distance.”