Davide Giugliano has set his sights on turning his first-ever World Superbike Championship pole position into a race win after consolidating his strong form around the Moscow Raceway during Superpole.

Though aided by the mistake that ruled Superpole-favourite Tom Sykes out of contention, Giugliano was still comfortably faster than his nearest rivals to claim a long-awaited first pole position for himself.

Coming on a weekend where he has been consistently fast on the Althea Aprilia - despite hurting his elbow in a wet weather fall during Q2 -, the young Italian is now determined to go one better than his current career-best finish of second position and score a victory.

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"It's hugely satisfying for me and my team, and I must thank the guys for all the help they're giving me," he said. "After a few races in which we have gained the necessary experience with our new bike, now we are at a very competitive level.

"We must not stop working, because we still have to improve the sensation with the front of the bike, but we are clearly on the right path. This Superpole is very valuable to me and my team and it's very satisfying to fight with and beat the official riders and teams.

"As far as tomorrow's races are concerned, I hope to be able to fight for the win. The two races will be difficult and despite his crash today Sykes will surely be there too. The weather is also an unknown and right now it looks like rain is forecast. Either way, I'll give it my all to achieve another great result."