Chaz Davies and Davide Giugliano are confident Ducati's renewed pace at Aragon is indicative that the 1199 Panigale can now fight for podiums around more favourable venues, starting with Assen this weekend.

Despite being down on top speed compared with its rivals, Ducati enjoyed a strong weekend in Spain in terms of pace, even if the results didn't quite reflect it after a late fall for Giugliano cost him a potential podium in race one and Davies suffered a costly DNF in race two.

Nonetheless, both riders are taking heart from their performances and feel the tighter, more flowing characteristics of the Dutch Assen circuit will bring out the best in the Panigale.

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"I enjoy racing at Assen despite the fact that I haven't had the strongest race results there with the Superbikes yet. It should suit the Ducati fairly well though, and I'm quite confident. If we work hard during the sessions we should be in a position to fight for good results on race day.

"The weather in Assen usually plays a part too, so we'll have to see what conditions are like and then work to adapt my 1199 Panigale to the track accordingly."

A happy hunting Giugliano having picked up his maiden WSBK podium at Assen in 2012 aboard a Ducati, he has is feeling confident heading to the Netherlands.

"Assen is a fantastic circuit that is also very unique. It's always great to ride there and I have particularly good memories of the place as I took my first Superstock podium there and then also my first Superbike podium, two years ago.

"Seeing as we're coming from Arag?n where we proved to be fast despite the fact that it's not an easy track for us, I hope that in Assen we are able to put everything that we have together in order to score some good results."