Marco Melandri says holding onto victory in the second World Superbike Championship race at Magny-Cours was a 'fair compensation' for his and Aprilia's efforts, despite seemingly ignoring an order to allow his title challenging team-mate Sylvain Guintoli through.

Having done the double last time out in Jerez, the Italian seemingly had the pace to win both WSBK races in France too, getting ahead of Guintoli on both occasions and displaying superior speed to that of his more cautious team-mate.

Even so, while team orders weren't employed in Spain, Melandri was this time asked to move over for Guintoli towards the end of both races to maximise his counterpart's chances of the riders' title.

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However, though Melandri would indeed move over in the first race, he would not follow suit in race two, continuing on for his fourth win in six races, one that means Guintoli faces a 12 point deficit to Tom Sykes heading into the final round in Qatar.

Despite the somewhat contentious circumstances to his actions, Melandri maintains he is still fighting for a top three in the overall standings and the win is subsequently compensation for both his and the team's efforts.

"The win in race two is fair compensation for my efforts and those of the team, and on top of that it put me in third place in the standings," he said.

"We did a great job. The bike was fantastic and I was able to confirm my performance in Jerez. Sylvain was very fast and in the first laps it was difficult to overtake, but we created a good gap in front of our rivals' straight way.

"I have demonstrated a good pace from the halfway point of the season, so now we'll see how things go in Qatar."

Had Melandri allowed Guintoli to win in Jerez and Magny-Cours, he would instead take a three point lead into the final round of the season. Aprilia team manager Romano Albesiano has previously indicated that team orders would not be employed to determined results between his two riders.