Davide Giugliano has dedicated his second career World Superbike Championship pole position to the late Andrea Antonelli after claiming Superpole at a wet and treacherous Donington Park.

Despite a fall in the closing seconds, Giugliano's prior lap time of 1min 44.903secs was enough to secure him pole position ahead of Leon Haslam and Marco Melandri, the Italian securing his first WSBK pole position as a Ducati rider.

A second pole for Ducati's 1199 Panigale Superbike after Ayrton Badovini prevailed in similar conditions at the Nurburgring in 2013, the result also marks a second career pole position for Giugliano after picking up a maiden top spot at the Moscow Raceway last season.

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An event tainted by the tragic death of Giugliano's countryman Antonelli in the World Supersport race, the 24-year-old went on to dedicate his pole position to the late rider.

"I would like to dedicate this, the second pole of my career, to my whole team but also to the family of Andrea Antonelli. My first Superpole came in Moscow last year but was followed by the tragic accident, so I therefore wish to dedicate this to Andrea's family."

Looking ahead to the races, Giugliano is expecting a pair of 'hard fought' races but is keen to challenge for Ducati's first win with the Panigale.

"That said, I'm really pleased with today's result and thank my entire team; we've worked well all weekend and I had a really good feeling all day today. Tomorrow's races won't be easy, regardless of whether conditions are wet or dry. My rivals are strong here so I think we're in for two hard-fought races."