Chaz Davies is confident he is set for a strong weekend at Laguna Seca after setting the pace in World Superbike free practice for Ducati.

Fast from the off, Davies was fourth quickest in FP1 and second best in FP2 before setting the pace in FP3, the Welshman ending the day with the fastest time overall.

A circuit he knows well from his days racing in the United States, it was also where he picked up a podium in 2013 for BMW, while Ducati had one of its best weekends with the 1199 Panigale in an otherwise difficult season.

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Coupled to a promising recent run on form, Davies is optimistic this early pace can be translated into an equally positive qualifying and race result.

"It's been a really good day, we've been strong in each session and have also worked our way up in each session too. We've made a few tweaks throughout the day and everything seems to be working well.

"I feel we're having a good spell right now; after solid results at Misano and Portimao we've come to Laguna knowing that the Panigale should perform well here, and so far it's all going well. We'll see what we can do in qualifying, as that's not always my strong point but I'm feeling good and hope we can fight for a front row start."

Team-mate Davide Giugliano - another podium winner last season - was enduring a more troubled day, however, the Italian struggling with set-up and suffering a costly engine blow to end up ninth.

"We've not had an easy day. I don't have the right feeling when braking and the bike doesn't close the corners as I want it to, so we're behind with the work. We still haven't found the right set-up and so we'll work to find a solution this evening.

"On the other hand, Chaz is going really well which is good as it means the bike can work well here but it also means we must work more on set-up as for now the bike isn't allowing me to ride as I want. There's more for us to do."