Marco Melandri will start the third round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship from the second row of the grid after bouncing back from having been forced to qualify through SP1

Struggling with a lack of feeling on his Aprilia RSV4 for much of the weekend, Melandri failed to make the top ten cut for the first time this season in FP3, preventing him from automatically proceeding to the crucial pole position-deciding SP2 session.

Despite this, Melandri would qualify to SP2 via SP1, before upping his pace when it mattered to turn in a lap good enough for fourth position on the final grid.

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A strong turnaround on a weekend that has seen the Italian languishing in the lower end of the top ten during the timed sessions, he is happy to be close to the front, particularly if the predicted rain materialises.

"The second row is an excellent start point in any conditions. We have gotten a lot better in the dry. The guys have worked hard and my feeling on the RSV4 increased lap after lap. If it's a wet race the deck will be shuffled but being up front for the start will help me in terms of visibility.

"I'm quite pleased. We can still make some changes that will help us make up some ground, especially regarding consistency throughout the entire race. It will be difficult and I'll be in the thick of it."