Davide Giugliano expects the next round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship to be best suited to the Ducati 1199 Panigale as he looks to turn the bike's improved turn of form into better results.

The Italian showed impressive pace on the Ducati during the previous round at Assen, but ill-timed rain in qualifying scuppered his pole position hopes before he crashed out early of the opening race.

Nonetheless, Giugliano would bounce back in race two, scoring only the Panigale's second WSBK podium since the start of 2013 with a run to third position.

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Looking ahead to Imola - where Ducati enjoyed its last double WSBK win in 2012 and Giugliano was a podium winner last season -, the local rider is expecting a competitive weekend.

"The Italian round is extremely important for both myself as an Italian rider and for the team. It's a track where I always enjoy myself and feel comfortable riding. Similarly to Assen, Imola could be one of those tracks where we can make the most of our Panigale's great potential.

"We'll see what we can do but let's say that we are heading there in a positive frame of mind. We need to remain focused though in order to be prepared for any eventuality.