Marco Melandri has shrugged off the 30 point margin to Tom Sykes in the World Superbike Championship standings, claiming the title race is still 'completely open' with four rounds remaining.

The Italian showed strong form last time out at the Nurburgring with a pair of podiums, even if he feels he could have been celebrating a double victory had race-ending red flags in both races had not scuppered his plans for a late charge.

Nonetheless, Melandri has high hopes for the remaining four rounds, three of which - Istanbul Park, Laguna Seca and Jerez - are new to the WSBK calendar this year, but not to the BMW rider.

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Indeed, Istanbul Park is etched in Melandri's memory as the scene for his first-ever MotoGP victory back in 2005, a victory he went on to repeat a year later in 2006. With such a positive record under his belt, Melandri is confident he will be celebrating in Turkey again this weekend.

"I have very good memories of the Istanbul circuit. I raced there in MotoGP and I celebrated my first victory in that series in Istanbul against very strong competitors. I really like the track and I know it very well. This means that everybody will keep their attention on me. I hope that we will have a good race.

"For sure I want to achieve a strong result and make up the bad luck I had in the last races. The championship is still completely open and plenty of points are still available. I will keep on riding race by race with the clear target to win as much as possible and I am quite confident for the next rounds."