Marco Melandri says he had to 'prove' he could win the second race of the day at Motorland Aragon after his late lunge for the lead on the final lap instead cost him a position.

A day of two halves for the Italian, he suffered greatly during the first race after his tyres failed to adapt to the new-for-2014 earlier start time, Melandri steadily dropping down the field to cross the line in 11th place.

Despite this, changes to the Aprilia RSV4 for race two would transform Melandri's performance, the former MotoGP rider steadily working his way up the order to embroil himself in the lead fight with Loris Baz and Tom Sykes in the final laps.

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Having dispatched of Baz, Melandri set himself up for a last lap pass on Sykes into the hairpin, but the margin to the Kawasaki would cause him to brake too late and duly run wide.

With Sykes re-passing him and then Baz also nipping ahead, Melandri had to be content with third, but insists he had to show his determination to win.

"It's a shame that we basically wasted race one. From the very first laps I was struggling and wasn't able to keep my pace. In the second race we made some changes with the team and the bike was working much better.

"I only lost a bit of time in the first part of the race. I had a little trouble braking going into turns but lap by lap I gained confidence until catching up the front runners. I overtook Baz and at that point, with the win within a shout, my DNA pushed me to make a go of it even if maybe I was a little too far behind Sykes.

"Unfortunately I went wide and finished third, but I had to prove that I could win and I will take that confidence with me to Assen to get my first win of the season."