Ducati's Davide Giugliano has equalled his best-ever World Superbike Championship result with a confident run to second place in difficult weather conditions at Portimao.

A fairly low-key weekend for a rider that has been a consistent front runner on the Ducati 1199 Panigale in 2014, particularly in qualifying, Giugliano appeared to struggle somewhat in the dry around the Portuguese circuit after qualifying ninth and finishing a distant seventh in race one.

However, the onset of rain race two would revitalise Giugliano's hopes as he steadily worked his way up the order to an eventual second place finish - his best finish since joining Ducati and a match for his best-ever result in World Superbikes.

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"I'm really pleased," Giugliano, who scored his only other WSBK podium of 2014 in the wet at Assen, said. "After race one I was confident that I could make a strong second race, also if it were dry, inside the top five at least. After a few problems in warm-up this morning, in race one we worked out what we needed to do for race two and although that race then turned out to be wet, that turned out to be ok too.

"You always have to be a bit careful in the wet of course, so I took it easy through the opening laps, it was tough because visibility wasn't great. Then I started to get into a rhythm and pass a couple of riders. In the final stages I eased off a little, as I didn't want to make any mistakes.

"I'm really happy to have closed second, and also very pleased for Ducati, my technicians here at the track but also everyone working back in Borgo Panigale, thanks everyone!"

Giugliano's performance contributed to the first time since Portimao 2012 that two Ducati riders have stood on the WSBK podium at the same time.