Jordi Torres will start from the second row of the grid for tomorrow's World Superbikes races at Imola with the Spaniard enjoying another promising weekend.

Torres, who raced in Moto2 for the last two years and a former Spanish Moto2 champion, had never been to Imola before the start of the fifth round of the 2015 series.

The Italian circuit is a tricky one to master with many blind corners and hidden dips yet the Spaniard has adapted to the challenge and is looking well placed for another strong result this weekend.

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After ending Friday a dispiriting 14th, the Spaniard worked his way consistently towards the top six and was happy to place just behind more experience team-mate Leon Haslam.

"Looking at the times from yesterday and today I'd say we took a big step forward," said Torres. "The track is complicated with a lot of asphalt changes and the chicanes that break up the pace. For me it isn't so much the single lap that's difficult, but just avoiding making any mistakes. Here if you miss your braking spot by a metre it costs you a lot of time.

"I owe Leon a lot of thanks. Riding ahead of me on the track he showed me how to take on every turn and chicane. I'm pleased with my Superpole placing.

"I think tomorrow there will be a pack of very fast riders, whereas I'll be able to do battle with the followers who more or less have my pace. Staying behind Leon would be a great result for me, but I think he still has just a bit more than I do."