Having spent much of his year adapting to the rigours of the World Superbikes Championship around several unknown circuits, Marco Melandri now heads to Motorland Aragon as arguably the most prepared rider on the grid.
A new venue for the WSBK schedule, Melandri is one of only two riders on the grid to have previously raced at Motorland Aragon following its inclusion on the MotoGP calendar last season. Furthermore, Melandri has been testing at the Spanish circuit at various stages in the year due to its status as Yamaha's nominated testing venue.
Though the layout for the WSBK event will be slightly different to that of MotoGP, Melandri is hoping he can be quick from the off as he bids to get back on terms with key title rivals Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi.
"I really like the track. It's fast flowing and rides very well,” he said. “I'm glad we had the chance to test there last month but the conditions weren't ideal. The track was cooler than usual for the time of year and there seemed to be traces of rubber, so it wasn't as fast as it should be and I'm not sure what to expect now.
“I was in Aragon last year with MotoGP but the track layout they use is also a little different. After the difficulties I experienced in Misano I'm not really sure what awaits me in Aragon. I'll do my best and hope to be in the condition to perform to my potential.”