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Marco Melandri revels in World Superbike double at Jerez

Marco Melandri revelled in an awesome performance after he won both World Superbike races at Jerez on Sunday.

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The Italian Aprilia rider beat team-mate Sylvain Guintoli to top spot on the podium in each of the races at the circuit in Andalusia.

Melandri is still 85 points behind world championship leader Tom Sykes and has little prospect of bridging that gap, although Guintoli gained ground on the Brit, who saw his advantage over the Frenchman cut to 31 points with two race weekends remaining.

The fine display from Melandri came after he narrowly missed out on completing a double at Laguna Seca in California in July, when he crashed out in the second race while leading following victory in the opener.

And the 32-year-old was quick to express his delight as he continued his fine recent form.

"After Laguna race two I came here wanting to do my best and I knew I could get a good race result," Melandri said.

"Race two was a bit difficult as it was warmer and a bit more slippery and I got the better of Tom [Sykes] and Sylvain in the end.

"It was an awesome double podium for me today and I can't wait to the next round [at Magny Cours]."

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