Davide Giugliano says he expects his Aruba.it Ducati squad to be fighting for World Superbike wins in Portugal after making steps forward with his Panigale R machine.

The Italian rider says his results at Donington Park two weeks ago have given him further drive for a strong weekend in Portugal. The 25-year-old had been consistently running in the top five all weekend but a problem with tyres in race one forced him to change rubber and as a result dropped down the order. However, for race two Giugliano felt much more settled on his Ducati and grabbed fifth place.

Last season Giugliano notched up his joint-best career finish in World Superbike at Portimao, a second place in race one, and says he is targeting a maiden victory this time round.

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"Portimao is a fun track but also, I think, one of the most difficult tracks of all," Giugliano said. "Last year we achieved a significant podium finish in Portugal and this season, considering all of the improvements that have been made to my bike, I would hope to be able to do better.

"After the Donington weekend my motivation is even higher and I hope that Sunday can bring two strong results."

After missing the opening four rounds of the 2015 World Superbike season due to injury the Italian rider sits 14th in the riders' championship on 40 points.