Davide Giugliano said his pole position was a 'nice reward' after a frustrating start to the season which saw him miss the first four race meetings of the season.

The Italian stormed to a sensational pole position - the fourth of his World Superbike career - in his first appearance of 2015 in front of joyous home fans at Imola but acknowledged his race fitness is still some way off one hundred percent.

"I knew that I could put in a fast lap - that's one of my strengths," he said on Saturday evening. "We can only be pleased with this result and I think it's a nice reward not only for myself but also for the team, the sponsors and all my fans."

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Sunday's two races could pose a daunting task for the 25-year old with the Imola's crests and curving undulations offering little respite over race distance.

The Italian is, however, confident of his tyre selection and race set up and believes he can push once the adrenaline starts to flow.

"Tomorrow will be more difficult; I believe that we're in a good place as far as set-up is concerned, and we've already chosen the tyres, but I'm not physically fit and think I'll struggle a bit in the races," said the Roman.

"Anyway, that said, never say never, maybe adrenalin will help me! For now I'll celebrate the Superpole with my team, and tomorrow we'll have to see..."