Marco Melandri is now 88 points adrift of Tom Sykes in the World Superbike Championship standings after suffering a costly non-score at Donington Park.

The Aprilia rider came to the British event seeking to 'redeem' himself after a difficult start to the season, but while he qualified on the front row and was in podium contention in both races, he would fall short in race one with fourth, before being involved in a collision with Alex Lowes in the second.

Leaving him at the back of the field, Melandri attempted to make up ground but would finish out of the points, forcing a non-score that leaves him well behind in the fight for the title.

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"I can't help but be disappointed. In Race 1 I struggled to go fast, but in Race 2 I'm sure I could have taken a spot on the podium because with the changes we made the conditions were a lot better. Unfortunately things didn't go well and it wasn't my fault.

"On the positive side we collected some important information about how to adapt the bike to my riding style. Now I just want to take things one race at a time, trying to improve constantly so I can get the good results that I know I am capable of."