Davide Giugliano believes the Ducati 1199 Panigale's suitability to hot conditions can play a pivotal factor in his results on Sunday as the 2014 World Superbike series resumes in Jerez.

The Italian finished Friday afternoon's FP2 session in third place after a trying morning spent adapting the Ducati to the intense afternoon heat before going second quickest in the Superpole-preceding FP3.

With temperatures soaring to 32 degrees of Friday as Giugliano he was content with the progress made throughout since the start of the event.

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"There was a step up and improvement in FP2," he told Crash.net. "Arriving here in these kind of conditions - these extreme conditions - the Ducati has a little bit more than some of the other people. We have to work as much as possible to sort the bike out for these conditions but at the end of the day the races will be difficult for everybody if it's hot like this."

Both he and team-mate Chaz Davies benefited from a positive test in Andalusia in April. There Giugliano set the fastest time but he feels the test was in some ways misleading, as the higher temperatures wasn't accounted for.

"To be honest the test went extremely well. We were at an extremely high level with extremely fast, consistent times both on used and new tyres. From that point of view we expected a little more here coming off those results. Conditions have made more of a difference than we expected. But this has been the case for other people too and it's not as though it hasn't affected them at all."

Looking ahead to Sunday the 24-year feels his positive mindset will be an important factor in claiming some good results.

"We still have a difficult Saturday to do first if it's going to be like today! I'm feeling fairly positive mentally and I need to go out and do the thing that I do best; have fun and do what I can."