Marco Melandri feels he is 'close' to the step forward that will make him competitive around the Losail International Circuit as his disappointing weekend continued with eighth in Superpole.

The Italian, who comes into the final round of the 2014 WSBK season having won three of the last four races, has struggled for pace around the Qatari circuit all weekend, a situation typified by him having to progress to SP2 via SP1 after finishing FP3 outside the top ten.

Going on to qualify in eighth place, Melandri was mystified as to why he is struggling on the Aprilia RSV4, but insists an improvement isn't far away.G

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"These qualifying sessions were not easy. Even in terms of race pace I still don't feel like everything is perfect. But we have some ideas on how to improve and I feel like we're very close to taking a step forward so all things considered we expect two races tomorrow which, in my opinion, will be very demanding for everyone."


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Marco doesn't have the pace but Guintoli does?
Perhaps Aprilia has de-tuned Marco's bike a bit to stop him repeating the Magny-Cours race 2 scenario.
Kawasaki can trust Baz to follow team orders but Aprilia don't trust Melandri to do the same. Keep him out of the way then.