Davide Giugliano followed up his fine performances in Australia with the fourth fastest qualifying time for the second World Superbike round in Aragon.

The 24-year old unofficially broke the lap record at a private Jerez test that took place after the opening round and he continued his momentum to Spain to qualify on the second row, ahead of Jonathan Rea and Chaz Davies.

The Italian failed to find a cure for the braking stability issues that hindered his Friday performance but he insists improvements were made in terms of race set up.

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"It's been a difficult day," he told Crash.net. "We obviously have a good position on the grid so we're happy with that. We found a positive set up for the races. We're still having some issues under braking, similar issues to what we had yesterday. But today was much better and the times have kept coming and we're feeling a lot more positive."

Asked whether he believes he can go one better than his opening round performance at Phillip Island and stand on the podium on Sunday, he said he was confident.

"Yes. A podium is the aim but it's so difficult to say because this circuit hasn't been kind to Ducati in the past. The corners are long and there is a very long straight. But if I can get in the slipstream of the other riders then I'll be close. The aim is for a podium but we'll have to see what the conditions are like."