Though he faces a tough task in catching World Superbike Championship leader Carlos Checa after his double wins, Marco Melandri has improved his chances of snatching the runners-up spot after scoring a pair of podiums at Silvrstone.

The Italian put in a competitive performance from sixth on the grid, Melandri riding around some tyre wear issues on the Yamaha to grab a top three finish in each race.

Crucially holding Max Biaggi at bay in race two, Melandri leaves Silverstone 71 points behind Checa, but only nine points adrift of his countryman with four rounds remaining.

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"In race one, I had a very unstable bike, I didn't have a good feeling from the beginning of the race and struggled with a lack of rear grip. I lost a lot of time with Hopkins and Haga in front of me and it wasn't easy to get by.

"We changed the tyre before race two to get better grip on the left side, but I hit a stone with my knee on the straight and it caused me to lose a lot of time on that lap. I started to improve then and saw I could catch Camier. I was struggling to keep Max at bay but I pushed to stay ahead. I'm happy with my double podium today. Now I'm looking forward to some holidays and I hope to come back stronger than ever."