Chaz Davies will start sixth for the second round of the World Superbike Championship at Aragon despite falling in the crucial second Superpole session.

He and team-mate Davide Giugliano had set the early pace in the session but the Welshman made a mistake at the downhill turn ten on an out lap after switching to softer rubber.

He remounted to set a time of 1min 56.977secs, his fastest time of the weekend despite his machine being in less than an ideal condition.

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Davies seemed slightly perplexed by the fall, which happened when he wasn't pushing his Panigale to its limits.

"It was on an out lap for a start," he told shortly afterwards. "I went in easy compared to normal but there was loads of extra grip so I released the brake a bit to stop it pushing the front. I started rolling into the corner and then next thing...

"Off line and on race pace is one thing but off line on an out lap is another. It just let go. Anyway I think it was a decent salvage with a knackered footrest and bent bar."

Asked whether he felt any added grip with the tyre after remounting the answer was a curt "Not a lot."

Sixth wasn't a true reflection of the weekend as a whole where Davies has consistently been running inside the top three.

"Generally it's been alright, we've been in the top three in every session. We took a step forward with the bike this morning. We put in some consistent times. I started Superpole on a race tyre and I was quickest but obviously we put the new tyre in and it threw me off."

While Giugliano impressed at Phillip Island Davies had a more low-key debut with the Italian factory with eighth and seventh places the reward for his efforts. However with a successful test at Jerez now behind the team Davies feels he is ahead of schedule in terms of bike development.

"It's been building throughout winter. The work that everyone's done has been great. The whole Panigale arrangement is probably ahead of where we expected to be. We aren't going to get too carried away There are still a few things that we need to get right.

"For one thing, the sheer grip of the new tyres, I haven't ridden with that many, also the entry grip. Even after the crash I tried to push a bit but it was pushing the front all over the show. We need to do something about that but we'll keep it in mind for the future."

Asked whether he feels he is in with a shout of a podium finish at the track he scored his first World Superbike double at he said, "Yeah. We just need to make a good start and hopefully we'll be in the mix."