Chaz Davies was left to rue a problem with his blipper system which prevented him from qualifying higher than fourth for both World Superbike races at Assen.

Davies was on course for the fastest time in SP2 when he was seen running wide on the exit of De Bult. In the end the subsequent loss of 0.4s was enough to keep him off the front row.

"In Superpole I had a problem with the blipper system during my fast lap and the gear didn't engage properly," said Davies. "I lost three or four tenths there as a result which cost me a place on the front row."

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Regarding Sunday's races, Davies still isn't entirely satisfied with his bike set-up, stating he and his team still have to work on direction change at speed, a trait so vital in the Dutch circuit's high-speed fourth sector.

"For the rest, we made a step forward this morning but I feel that we're still struggling when it comes to keeping the bike flat when changing direction.

As can sometimes happen when we improve one thing, as we did this morning, we find that we take away from another area so we are still looking for the right compromise. We'll see what we can do tomorrow in warm-up but it won't be easy considering the cold conditions early in the morning."