18 February 2014: For Marco Melandri, in his first year riding the Aprilia RSV4, the two days at Phillips Island were very positive. Marco Melandri from Ravenna, in addition to finishing the tests with the fourth best time, completed 123 laps to complete a testing schedule aimed at “moulding” the powerful Italian superbike to his needs.
Consistently fast, Marco focused primarily on finding his best race pace, trying to optimise the long distance setup. Especially as tyre wear is an incredibly important factor on the fast and demanding Australian track.
Being consistent throughout the entire race will be a must. Despite the good times he put in, Melandri knows that there is still room for improvement and he'll be working with his team on that.
Marco Melandri: “We were finally able to lap in good weather! I'm pleased because we completed the scheduled programme, gathering a lot of information from the test sessions. Now we just have to put the pieces of the puzzle together in order to find the best place to start for the weekend. I think I have a good race pace. There are still a few spots on the track that give me problems but I'm confident that we'll be able to improve. I need to focus on the fast lap for the qualifiers because starting from at least the front two rows will be very important. I definitely can't wait to finally get back to serious business”.
Marco Melandri final WSBK testing at Phillips Island
Marco Melandri, in his first year riding the Aprilia RSV4, finished the tests with the 4th best time, rode 123 laps to complete the full testing schedule