Marco Melandri is well placed to get his World Superbike Championship season back on track after securing a spot on the front row at Donington Park.

The Italian came into the event having admitted that he needs to 'redeem himself' after a difficult start to his tenure at Aprilia, though he has strong form at Donington Park having scored his first wins for Yamaha and BMW here in 2011 and 2012.

Battling against treacherous weather conditions in Superpole, Melandri made steady gains over the course of the session, his final lap good enough to lift him to the front row in third place, much to his relief.

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"Today's result was important," he said. "I want to thank the guys on the team because they are really working hard. Superpole was hard. The first part of the track - the fastest part - was slippery and then the last long braking sections were quite difficult in the wet.

"It was hard to find the limit, so tomorrow we'll have to see first of all how the weather shapes up and then we'll prepare as best as possible for the races."

Team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, meanwhile, endured a rather more eventful qualifying session, the Frenchman slipping off the track before rebounding to go fifth on the grid.

"As always a wet Superpole makes a mess of things. I felt good, but I slowed down for a lap and the tyre probably cooled down so I took a slide. I was able to get back on the track and take a flying lap even though the bike wasn't performing at 100 per cent. It could have gone better but in these conditions there is always a risk and second row is fine to get off to a good start tomorrow."