Marco Melandri says a pair of fourth place finishes on home soil at Imola was as good a result as he could have hoped for after conceding the BMW S1000RR isn't well suited to the twisty Italian circuit.

A track Melandri has never finished higher than sixth at, the Italian maintained a fairly anonymous presence throughout the weekend, qualifying seventh place before settling into the chasing pack during both races.

Benefitting from problems for those around him to finish fourth in each race, Melandri actually leaves Imola as the second-best scorer of the day, though he admits he couldn't have done better.

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"On this track unfortunately our bike struggled. I don't think that we had a chance to win, so this result is the best possible. Race one has been very hard. I struggled a lot to change direction by shortly opening the gas which I normally do and, unfortunately, I couldn't do better.

"While in the previous races I had issues with new tyres, here in Imola we struggled a lot with used tyres instead. The race was physically very demanding and at the end of the race I was really tired.

In race two we tried to solve the issue with some changes to the front suspension but the situation did not improve. The bike remained nervous and when I tried to push harder the bike moved more and more.

"In the last part of the race Chaz [Davies] passed me and it was very difficult to get the fourth place back. If he had not made a mistake he probably would have been in front in the end. The positive point is that as a result of today I have reduced the gap to the Aprilia riders."