Chaz Davies had to settle for second place on the front row after his potentially pole-clinching lap was ruled out at Phillip Island.

The Aruba.it Ducati rider set a time of 1m 30.800s on a qualifying tyre but the lap was discounted as the Welshman failed to cross the line before the red flag had come out for an incident involving David Salom.

Nonetheless, Davies secured second place on an all-British front row with a time of 1m 31.238s set on a race tyre and is sandwiched between pole man Jonathan Rea and Aprilia's Leon Haslam for Sunday's two 22-lap races.

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"This morning we continued with our work, trying a few different options to see how the tyre reacts and I'm feeling well prepared; we haven't had any real issues there," said Davies, who was only 0.026s behind Kawasaki man Rea.

"In qualifying, I planned to get out on the 'Q' as quickly as possible in order to complete my lap before any red flags could occur but I didn't quite finish the lap in time.

"Anyway, a front row start is obviously a great way to start the season," he added. "We're feeling as prepared as we can be I think, also after testing earlier this week, and I'm looking forward to racing."