Marco Melandri says he expects to be in a position to win the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Motorland Aragon following three productive days of testing in Spain.

The Italian was a podium winner last time out at Phillip Island, but says he was struggling with confidence under braking, an area he was keen to work on at Jerez.

Satisfied he has taken a step forward, the Aprilia Racing rider is now confident he has a package that will see him challenging for honours at Motorland Aragon.

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"Fortunately we were able to get a lot of work done, focusing on what we didn't like about Phillip Island. On the first day we concentrated on shock absorption on the bumps and going into turns, whereas on the second day we tried to lap and get the RSV4 to close out the turns better.

"It was difficult but in the end we managed to put together a package that will allow us to improve. We had some other ideas we wanted to try out as well but unfortunately we weren't able to do a lot of work on the third day. At Aragon I expect to see a leap of quality which is what we need to win."

Early championship leader Sylvain Guintoli, meanwhile, spent his time working on electronic strategies to capitalise on his successful return to competition in Australia.

"For us these three days were important, first and foremost to get back into the saddle after Phillip Island. This has been a very long break and I needed to get some kilometres in with the bike.

"We also had quite a few details we needed to test, besides new electronics strategies, so these were some pretty intense tests. I'm happy with the refinements. When we get to Aragon we'll be strong and motivated and that's what's important."