Rainy frustration for Giugliano, Ducati

Having come into Superpole with the fastest lap time of the weekend, Davide Giugliano will start in sixth position for the two World Superbike races at Assen after being caught out by rain at a crucial point.

Further proof of the recent gains made by the Ducati SBK team in recent weeks, Giugliano's impressive FP2 lap would remain quickest all the way through to FP3 and FP4, but a weather-interrupted Superpole session would ultimately dash his hopes of a repeat when it mattered.

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Indeed, as one of several riders to venture out on their final laps just as the heavens opened, Giugliano was forced to make do with a spot on the second row in sixth position. Despite this, the Italian has high hopes for race day.

"In the end the rain made its presence felt," he said. "I went out on the qualifier and was trying to make my fastest lap, a pity but it was useless trying to improve on my time in those conditions. Anyway, we've been working well in preparation for tomorrow's races which will both be difficult I think. It's a tough track from a physical point of view and then there are five or six riders that are going really well here."

Team-mate Chaz Davies, meanwhile, endured a trying day, epitomised by his failure to reach SP2 automatically after FP3, forcing him to partake in SP1. Though he would cruise through with the fastest time, the use of his best tyre at that stage and an error not to use the qualifier at the start of SP2 - before the rain - would leave him a lowly 12th.

"Today's been fairly difficult. I should have gone straight out on the qualifier in the second Superpole, to beat the rain, but unfortunately we didn't do that and so I was unable to improve my position. It didn't help that we didn't have a fresh race tyre for the session, having already used it in SP1. Anyway, that's our grid position; we still have work to do tomorrow morning because we're still experiencing some chattering at the front of the bike."