Davide Giugliano furthered Ducati's status as a team to watch ahead of the 2015 World Superbike Championship as he set a mighty pace during pre-season testing in Jerez.

The Italian, who scored two pole positions - but only two podiums - in 2014 on the Aruba.it Ducati Panigale R completed two days of relatively uninterrupted running on the twin-cylinder machine, shrugging off a crash and a technical issue to lap in an impressive 1min 39.332secs.

A full second up on Loris Baz's pole position around the same circuit last year, Giugliano ended the test two tenths up on the competition.

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With the next stop Australia for the official pre-season test and the opening round, Giugliano says he has a good feeling on a bike which many are tipping is challenge for the title in 2015 under the revised regulations.

"We've had two very positive days, in that we've been able to test a lot of small things calmly and methodically. During race weekend we never have a lot of time to be able to focus on certain areas and so we've made the most of the opportunity and the good conditions here.

"I'm really pleased that, together with the team, I've been able to find good feeling with the bike, something that I hope remains unchanged in the next tests that we'll carry out at Phillip Island before the races. We'll continue to work however, so as to be as prepared as possible for the opening races."