Davide Giugliano says he was surprised to very nearly snatch pole position for the sixth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Sepang after falling just a tenth short of Sylvain Guintoli in Superpole.

The Italian, who began from pole position last time out at Donington Park, has shown impressive pace on the Ducati throughout the weekend, though he maintains he wasn't expecting to go with his rivals when the pace increased in Superpole.

"To be honest it wasn't exactly the Superpole I was expecting - I knew that other riders could be really fast and I wasn't sure that I'd be able to make that kind of lap. But of course I'm really pleased to have scored another important front row start. "

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Despite this, the Italian admits race day presents an entirely different proposition for him as he is unconvinced he has solved the 1199 Panigale's race tyre longevity concerns.

"We still have work to do because we need to improve in terms of race consistency but to start from the front row is of course nice, as well as an advantage. It's not an easy track for Ducati, there are two long straights and it's very fast, so that's not ideal for our bike but I was nevertheless able to take a good result today, so I'm pleased."