Marco Melandri took his second win of the weekend at Phillip Island by just 21 thousandths from reigning champion Jonathan Rea, drafting past the Kawasaki just before the line.

Each rider had to make a pit-stop between laps 10-12 as a safety measure because of the issues that plagued the Pirelli tires in the first race yesterday.

Melandri utilized the same strategy he used on the way to his race one victory, staying out of the fight for the lead until the end, protecting his Pirelli tires in the process.

The Italian duly came alive in the final few laps just as he did in the first race, snatching third from Tom Sykes before moving ahead of Xavi Fores as he ran wide at the hairpin on the three laps from home.

Melandri then set up a superb exit from the final corner on the last lap to just nip past Rea and cap off a stunning weekend, doubling his win tally from 2017 in only the first weekend of the year.

Despite running wide poleman Fores brought his Barni Ducati home in third place to secure his second career podium in WorldSBK.

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Fores led a large portion of the race, leading prior to the pit-stops before being jumped by Chaz Davies, although would regain the lead after the Briton crashed out a couple of laps later.

Eugene Laverty led early on for Milwaukee Aprilia, pulling away from the squabbling pack behind and building a lead of a second and a half, before sliding out at Siberia corner just a few laps into the race.

Alex Lowes continued his strong weekend by finishing fifth, just ahead of Leon Camier who matched the new Honda Fireblade’s best ever result in sixth and team-mate Michael Van der Mark seventh.

Jordi Torres took his first top ten finish on the MV Agusta in eighth, while Loris Baz managed to bring home his Althea BMW home in ninth place. Toprak Razgatlıoğlu rounded out the top ten for Puccetti Kawasaki.

Melandri, therefore, leads the rider’s standings with the perfect 50, ahead of Sykes and Rea on 33 and 31 points respectively.