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Melandri plays down Phillip Island expectations

Marco Melandri plays down his hopes for the 2012 World Superbike opener at Phillip Island after admitting he hasn't found his feeling on the BMW S1000RR.

Marco Melandri says he is refusing to make predictions ahead of the 2012 World Superbike Championship opener after admitting he isn't 'fast enough' at the moment.

The Italian, who finished runner-up with Yamaha in his maiden WSBK season last year, switches to BMW for the 2012 season, but while he has completed considerable mileage for the German manufacturer, he admits he hasn't quite gelled with the S1000RR as yet.

As such, Melandri is hopeful he can achieve a step forward at the upcoming official two-day test in Australia before enjoying a competitive outing in his race debut later in the week.

"At the moment, we haven't yet started thinking about what we can expect at the race weekend. We are concentrating on what we need to do to improve my feeling for the bike. The rhythm will certainly be different, as will the lap times. At the moment I am not fast enough. However, we still have two more days of what will hopefully be positive testing to take steps forward and get faster for the season opener.

"Generally speaking I like the Phillip Island circuit. I won there in 125cc, 250cc and MotoGP, and also claimed a podium finish there in the Superbike World Championship last year, so it has been a good track for me so far. I hope I will get the confidence that is lacking at the moment and take that next step forward."

Melandri won four races on the way to second position in the 2011 World Superbike Championship standings.

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