Marco Melandri completed his most complete World Superbike weekend with a fine 1-2 result at Motorland Aragon, the Italian recording a much needed points' boost.
Taking advantage of having ridden the Spanish circuit prior to the WSBK event, Melandri was quick from the first day, while Superpole provided him with his first world championship pole position in almost nine years.
Even so, it was a hard fought two races for Melandri as he maintained a relentless pace behind Max Biaggi in race one to finally force his rival into a mistake with four laps remaining. Sweeping into a lead he wouldn't lose to the chequered flag, Melandri was thrilled to notch up his second win of the season.
"I had a pretty amazing day,” he said. “Max was very strong and consistent so it wasn't easy to pass him in either races but thankfully I managed to succeed in race one. I felt good on the bike and gained confidence which was very important.”
A similar scenario presented itself in race two at Melandri shadowed Biaggi, though it was the Yamaha man that would make the error this time as he ran on at turn one. Nonetheless, he collected it to hold onto second to score 45 points from a possible 50.
“In race two the track was hotter than in race one, making it more difficult for the tyres. Towards the end I felt I was about to lose the front and while trying to avoid going wide my foot slipped on the pedal. It was a really good race though, I'm happy. I want to thank my team and Yamaha for doing a great job again this weekend."