Davide Giugliano has expressed his delight at securing the second World Superbike pole position of his career in Qatar, but admits he is 'a little bit worried about race pace'.

The Italian has been the model of consistency over a single lap in 2014, his pole position under the floodlights in Losail marking a new lap record, his second pole position of the year and his ninth front row start.

However, the strength of his qualifying efforts has had the unwelcome effect of bringing his race results into sharper focus since Giugliano has amassed just a single podium from 16 front row starts so far in 2014. Furthermore, numerous crashes - including four in the last five races - has harmed his reputation and his confidence.

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With this in mind, Giugliano says he has been focusing on improving his feel with the Ducati 1199 Panigale over the weekend, though he admits this may come at the expense of race pace come Sunday

"Of course I'm really pleased to have scored pole and I was able to make the most of both the race and qualifying tyres. It's important to start on the front row but it's even more important to be consistent during the races.

"I'm a little worried about our race pace because to be honest we have concentrated more on my feeling with the bike. I'm happy that, despite the difficult conditions and a few problems, we have been able to work well and achieve this significant result this evening.

"I thank my team that is working so hard in these extreme conditions - we're focused on tomorrow's races, in which I will do all I can to close the 2014 season in a positive way."