Leon Haslam was delighted to see his qualifying progression continue as he bagged only his second ever World Superbike pole position at Aragon.

Haslam's late time was enough to push Chaz Davies back to second by 0.03s for his first pole qualifying triumph since Phillip Island in 2010.

The Aprilia runner has qualified on the front row at each of the series' three rounds in 2015 and puts his improved Saturday form down to the Aprilia's feel with new, sticky rubber.

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"Third in Australia, second in Thailand," he said. "I'm very happy with the qualifying. I've always struggled with the qualifying tyre on the BMW and the Honda but on the Aprilia it just works.

I'm so happy because we lost a few sessions because of a couple of issues that we had but in every session I made a good lap. In Superpole over one lap we were capable of anything and to be on pole position... I made a couple of mistakes for sure but when I crossed the line and saw the lap time I was happy. You never make a perfect lap but if I had read the board and seen a '1m 50s' I wouldn't have been so happy. My aim was the [1m] '49s."

Saturday marks a considerable turnaround for Haslam who started the weekend on the back foot. Each session has seen an improvement however, and he feels finding consistency with the grip of the rear tyre will be key to Sunday's races.

"Honestly I think the issue is the rear grip for everybody and conserving that for 18 laps. I'm super happy with my pace over one lap but Johnny [Rea] has a similar pace over race distance. If we can get away at the start and see if we can make 18 laps consistently.

For me here, Assen and Imola are the three circuits where Jonathan will be the strongest. At Assen he's won more races than anyone. He's a double winner at Imola and Aragon is the test track for Kawasaki. All three circuits there are changes of direction, which is the area we're working on with the Aprilia."

Haslam currently sits second in the overall standings, ten points behind Rea.