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Melandri targets Phillip Island victory

30 January 2014

Aprilia's Marco Melandri would love nothing more than to add a World Superbike victory to his impressive win record at Phillip Island in Australia later this month.

The Italian star, who partners Sylvain Guintoli on the factory RSV4 this season, has previously stood on the top step at the spectacular Australian circuit in the 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP classes.

His MotoGP triumph in 2006 made him the last rider to win at Phillip Island prior to home hero Casey Stoner's record-breaking premier class streak of six wins on the trot.

And Melandri is now aiming to add a WSBK win to his Phillip Island achievements at the opening round of the championship on February 23.

“Phillip Island is one of the greatest tracks of my career – I've won 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP and I had a second in Superbikes in 2012. I'm looking forward to getting a great result on the Aprilia,” he told the official World Superbike website.

“We are very focused on the electronics system and trying to improve the engine strategy and power delivery. Also I still have to understand and know the bike one hundred per cent.”

Melandri injured his ankle in the run up to the final World Superbike race of 2013 at Jerez in Spain, forcing him to sit out the second race after he narrowly missed out on victory in race one on the GoldBet BMW to Eugene Laverty.

However, he is making good progress with the injury, with pre-season testing offering the opportunity to aid his recovery.

“The ankle is getting better and better. For me it's a good way to start on the work because I don't have to force the ankle too much and I can recover step by step, he said. “I'm pretty happy and pretty confident.”

Melandri finished fourth overall in the World Superbike standings last season, winning three races in Moscow, Portugal and Italy at Monza.



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