Marco Melandri has described his run to the front row for his maiden World Superbike outing with Aprilia as 'incredible' after bouncing back from a spectacular accident during free practice.
Melandri was almost forced to come through Superpole 1 after missing much of the earlier FP3 session, the Italian flipping his Aprilia RSV4 in an accident that left his new crew with a substantial task to get it ready again in time.
Despite this, Melandri was back up to speed in qualifying, defying his own expectations to secure a spot on the front row alongside team-mate Sylvain Guintoli and countryman Davide Giugliano.
“That was an incredible Superpole. After my crash in the test sessions the guys did an exceptional job fixing my RSV4. I had lost my feeling with it a little bit and before Superpole I admitted to my crew chief that I'd be happy if I made it into the top six.
“In all actuality I found a good feeling with the race tyre straight away and I put in an excellent lap, but with the qualifier I tried to push but I was struggling too much and went wide in Siberia. I'm happy to be here. Starting from the front will be fundamental tomorrow. I have a good race pace but it will be a battle with at least five other riders.”