Marco Melandri has lost precious ground in the fight for the 2013 World Superbike Championship after a second and a fourth place finish at Istanbul Park saw him slip to fourth in the standings.

The Italian came into the weekend as a favourite for victory having won two of the three MotoGP races to be held around Istanbul Park, but a day of set-up problems on the BMW would prevent him from mounting a more convincing challenge.

Struggling with a nervous bike in the early stages of race one, Melandri would pick up his pace as the laps counted down to finish in second place, but an erroneous change of set-up in race two would see him finish a lonely fourth. As such, Melandri is now behind Laverty in the overall standings, 33 points off the overall lead with three rounds remaining.

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"In race one, I lost a lot of time in the first laps. With a new tyre our bike is always very nervous. On the first lap I had to shut the throttle on the straight as the bike was shaking too much. But then after ten laps, because there was less fuel the bike became lighter and it was easier to ride.

"At that time I was quite fast and I caught up with the top guys. But when I passed Tom, Eugene was already very far away and for me, second place was already a very good result.

"After race one, we made some changes to the setting of the bike but, probably because of the higher track temperature, the grip went down. We tried to balance the bike with some changes to the rear but as consequence, I started struggling with the front. I couldn't be fast entering the corner and I had some issues trying to brake. In the end I could not get the same result as in race one.

"We have still three races to go and, even if it'll not be easy, I continue to believe. I want to fight and give my best in each race."