Chaz Davies believes his front row grid position for the eighth round of the World Superbike Championship in Russia is proof that the changes he has made to the BMW are beginning to have a positive effect.

The Welshman has struggled for front running form in recent rounds, particularly during qualifying, but having been quick all three Superpole phases, Davies went on to qualify in a career-best second place for the two races around the Moscow Raceway, marking the first time he has started on the front row since Motorland Aragon.

Going on to claim two dominant wins around the Spanish circuit back in April - the last time he stood on a WSBK rostrum -, Davies is quietly confident that he has the improved package to get himself back on the podium this weekend.

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"I am very happy," he said. "The result confirms the steps that we have taken all weekend have been right. We made the turning a little bit better and now I feel like I can actually force the front to turn rather than the bike deciding where it wants to go. We made some changes that have really helped.

"I felt that I did not make the best lap, I lost a couple of tenths here and there, maybe enough to keep me off from pole but to get there you have to put it all together and I did not. But still I am very satisfied with the front row and am looking forward to the races.

"I think it is going to be a battle tomorrow, it is going to be close off the line and whoever has the pace will stay at the front. I think that it will be between a few riders tomorrow. It will be interesting but I am pretty confident with my package and on the few laps we did today in the dry, I had a good pace."