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Marco Melandri has credited an overhaul on the set-up and weight distribution with his Aruba.it Racing Ducati as key to his rostrum charge to break his run of fourth place finishes in race two at the Lausitzring.

After being forced to settle for a distant fourth place in the German round opener (his third in a row), Melandri worked with his crew to drastically adjust the balance of his Panigale R in order to gain a settled feeling from the front and rear of the bike. Starting from pole position on the reversed grid, Melandri led until lap five before eventually being passed by team-mate Chaz Davies and Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea but remained in touch to take third place.

Melandri was satisfied to take his first World Superbike rostrum since his race two win at Misano in June to keep a useful points gap between himself and the chasing Alex Lowes on the Pata Yamaha for fourth in the riders’ championship.

“After the issues we encountered in race one, I wouldn’t have thought we could take the podium here,” Melandri said. “But, we did a great job together with the team, changing the weight distribution and the overall balance of the bike. The Panigale R was much easier to ride in race two, and I felt comfortable.

“Unfortunately, the bike still moved a lot in a couple of corners and I was losing ground under acceleration. I tried to brake deeper to recover, but I made a couple of small mistakes and I decided to secure the podium, thinking back to what happened in race one at Misano.

“It’s been a positive round: we keep learning new things about the bike, and soon we’ll race on tracks that suit my riding style better. I’m confident ahead of the next rounds.”