Marco Melandri has congratulated Max Biaggi on his 2012 World Superbike Championship win, even if he feels Tom Sykes was the one rider who was most deserving of the title.

Writing on his personal website, Melandri reflects on the season gone by, shrugging off the disappointment of his failed title bid by claiming he was surprised to be in contention for the championship in the first place during his maiden season as a BMW rider.

With that in mind, Melandri goes on to praise countryman Biaggi for coming away with his second career title, but feels Kawasaki's Sykes - who lost out by a mere 0.5 points - was a more deserving champion.

"I want to congratulate Max on his success and Aprilia on its winning team strategy. [Congratulations] to Tom Sykes, who is never mentioned, but who showed to be a great pilot. In my opinion he deserved to win the title more than anyone - he was the real champion."

Melandri ended his second season in World Superbikes - his first with BMW - third in the standings, 29.5 points behind Biaggi.