Davide Giugliano says he is focused improving the tyre life on the Ducati at Donington Park after struggling to match the pace of Chaz Davies last time out at Imola.

Making the most of having three practice sessions in one day, Giugliano used FP2 to show his pace with a session-topping time that would leave him second overall, whilst also taking the time to conduct long runs on the Pirelli tyres.

Attempting to improve the longevity of the tyre on the Ducati 1199 Panigale, Guigliano says he has identified where the tyre begins to find the 'limit' and is now focused on improving that.

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"Everything's going well so far. We made two long-runs today to better understand the tyre wear and we've seen that we're a bit on the limit from the 13th or 14th lap onwards, so we are working on that. We need to continue to prepare for the races, whatever the weather conditions might be.

"We have a high-performing bike and I'm feeling fairly comfortable in all sectors of the track with no particular problems; now we just need to focus on tyres and race distance."

Davies, meanwhile, squeezed into SP2 bby virtue of his tenth fastest time, the Welshman fortunate not to be nudged out of the leading positions by fellow Ducati rider Niccolo Canepa after losing time with a fall in FP3.

"Luckily I didn't hurt myself in the crash, I just lost grip at the front, nothing serious. We made a lot of progress throughout the day, especially between sessions two and three. The bike felt a lot better in the final session, even if lap times didn't necessarily reflect that.

"We're still losing a bit too much time in the second sector, in the fast section of the track, so that's something we'll continue to work on tomorrow. We'll be pushing hard tomorrow, whether it's wet or dry, and are aiming to qualify inside the first two rows of the grid."