World Superbike Championship leader Max Biaggi is remaining optimistic about his race chances despite continuing his lacklustre Silverstone form in Superpole.

The Italian, who has never stood on the podium at Silverstone, has struggled to make an impression on the top ten all weekend and almost didn't qualify for Superpole after sneaking through in 16th.

Once there, Biaggi fared better in the damp conditions, but it was only good enough to get him up to 11th on the grid, albeit ahead of three riders (Chaz Davies, Michel Fabrizio and Eugene Laverty) who suffered issues during Superpole.

With key rival Marco Melandri starting sixth, Biaggi is pinning his hopes on finding a better set-up solution during the morning warm-up session.

"That's just the way Superpole went. I pushed to the limit, but there was no way to do any better. To be honest, we're not very far off the race place. We need to work on tweaking a few things in order to have a good pace.

"Given the way the weather shifts I think that it will be important to aim for consistent performance rather than pure performance, in the hopes that the warm-up conditions tomorrow morning will be useful in view of the races."

Laverty, meanwhile, will have a task to repeat his podium performance of 2011 after a problem with the steering consigned him to 14th position.

"We had a problem with the front of the bike from the beginning of Superpole, it felt like the steering dumper was broken. Otherwise the bike was feeling ok in the wet so it's unfortunate that this problem stopped me from pushing. We'll start from the fourth row of the grid and so a good start will be vital."