Chaz Davies was left frustrated by set up changes that he claims took him in the wrong direction at his team's home race at Imola.

The Welshman was on course for pole position with three minutes of the 15-minute Q2 session to spare until late laps from Jonathan Rea, Tom Sykes and team-mate Davide Giugliano relegated him to fourth.

Although content with his Superpole performance, Davies wasn't happy with the pace shown in Saturday's free practice sessions, claiming he's still looking for a solution to issues that have affected the Panigale's turning.

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"I don't really feel that we made a lot of progress today, although things were a little better in Superpole," said Davies. "We've made several changes but they've probably taken us in the wrong direction.

Davies claimed two second places around 3-mile Italian track in 2014 and was keen to add to his tally of victories this weekend.

His free practice pace however was some way off the Kawasakis of Sykes and Rea and the 28-year old believes further set up changes will be forthcoming this weekend.

"The bike is still not working as I'd really like, and I'm still looking for that solution that helps me with the turning.

"Superpole itself wasn't too bad, and we'll try to go a little more in that direction for tomorrow's races."