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Melandri assured of runners-up spot

Marco Melandri will complete his first season as a World Superbike rider in second position overall.
Marco Melandri is assured of finishing his maiden World Superbike Championship season with the runners-up spot after fighting back for a pair of second place finishes at Magny-Cours.

The Italian struggled during the early stages of the both races from eighth position on the grid, but his pace improved during the second-half as he picked his way through the order.

Twice overcoming Yamaha team-mate Eugene Laverty in the closing stages to secure second position on both occasions, Melandri was pleased with his podiums.

"I'm pleased with my two podium finishes today. Race one was very difficult, I was with struggling with the front so we modified the fork a bit before the second race but it didn't make the difference I had hoped for. At the beginning I didn't have a good feeling with the bike but mid-way I was more comfortable and pushed as hard I could.

“When I saw Eugene on the small hairpin on the last lap, I knew it was my only chance to get ahead. My target today was to catch up on the riders ahead and I did my best in both races so I'm happy to come away with two seconds."

Melandri's results came after it was confirmed he will join BMW for the 2012 World Superbike season.



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