Davide Giugliano achieved a front row start for his and Ducati's home WSBK round at Imola courtesy of third place in qualifying.

Giugliano concluded the 15-minute Superpole 2 session 0.266s from Honda's Jonathan Rea - and just 0.001s from Aprilia's Sylvain Guintoli!

Crucially, Giugliano had been quickest of all after his first qualifying run, when using a race tyre.

"Superpole went really well," said Giugliano. "We recorded a good time but I'm particularly pleased with my lap time on the race tyre at the start of the session.

"Of course it's great to be able to start on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's races here in Imola, it gives me personal satisfaction and is also great for the many Ducati fans here at the track.

"Tomorrow the races will surely be difficult, there are at least five riders who can fight for the podium. The temperatures will also play an important part, both physically and on the tyres but it will be like that for everyone, so we're feeling confident."

Team-mate Chaz Davies is surely one of those podium contenders, after qualifying at the head of the second row in fourth.

"Today has gone well and we've taken another step forward," declared the Englishman. "This morning we had really good pace and although there is still room for improvement I'm happy with how things have been going.

"The Superpole was also positive and finishing fourth is our best result so far, a result that gives me confidence, coming after some bad luck in previous Superpoles. Tomorrow I'm expecting two tough races, it will be difficult but today I was able to do race distance with the tyre and our pace wasn't bad.

"We're confident and ready to race here tomorrow."

Giugliano claimed Ducati's only podium of the season so far last time at Assen.

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