The Aprilia duo comprised of Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri is also engaged in close – though much friendlier – contact. However, the narrow gap between the two riders extended during Superpole. "I made a small modification to the front forks that took away my confidence in the first three turns with a qualifying tires," Melandri, who was seventh and last (+0.584 seconds behind Sykes) in the front group. "I'm disappointed, as I had a great pace with race tires, even in the long distance, and to start at the front here in Aragon is pivotal with turn one so close to the finish line. That said, I'm in a much better shape than in Phillip Island."