Chaz Davies was left to rue a costly error on his final qualifying lap which eventually cost him his first World Superbike pole position.

Running on a circuit which brought his first double victory in the class, Davies set the early running in the second Superpole session. His lap of 1m 49.697s appeared as though it would be good enough for pole.

However Leon Haslam's late effort pushed a frustrated Davies back to the middle of the front row. The Aruba.it Racing Ducati man went on to admit his lap didn't deserve the top spot due to the errors he committed.

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"I made a couple of mistakes early on so I was a bit disappointed not to get pole," he told Crash.net. "I didn't really deserve to get it with the mistakes that were made. We were pushing the front a lot at the start of the lap but we're on the front row for tomorrow and that's the important thing. We'll keep focussing on the race pace.

[At turn one] I was a bit wide and then it [the front] tucked at the last minute. I lost the line for turn two and I lost a couple of tenths there. I felt all this grip with the rear all of a sudden and it started pushing the front. It came good halfway round the lap because the grip dropped quite quickly."

Davies was more content with the performance of his 1199 Panigale on Saturday after complaining of diminished rear grip on Friday afternoon. He's hoping a morning spent focussing on race set up will pay dividends come Sunday.

"I'm generally happier with the feel of the bike today," he said. "It feels better and I can be a bit more consistent with it. We've been working on race pace today and we've been trying a few different solutions."

Looking ahead to Sunday Davies was keeping his cards close to his chest. "I'll take it as it comes. We'll see what rhythm we can settle into and see what everyone else can do."