Marco Melandri is confident he will be in contention for World Superbike victory in Portimao despite missing out on a front row start.

Though he is not known for his form over a single Superpole lap, Melandri was still considered a contender for pole position having never strayed from the top three in free practice.

However, Melandri would have no answer to the leading three of Tom Sykes, Jonathan Rea and Alex Lowes when it mattered in Superpole, the Aprilia Racing rider heading up a closely-matched second row in fourth place instead.

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Starting ahead of team-mate Sylvain Guintoli, though Melandri admits he is disappointed not to score a front row start, he is confident in his race pace.

"I knew it would be a close Superpole. On this track it is very hard to stand out and a lot of riders showed their potential to be fast. I think we'll see a tight group tomorrow for the first ten laps and then we'll begin to see who did the best work on race pace. From that point of view starting from the fourth spot on the grid is not bad.

"I would have preferred the front row but I know that I've worked well on my pace. It isn't very easy to overtake on this track. The best place is on the final straight stretch as long as you come out of the last turn well. In any case we will be in the thick of it."