Davide Giugliano is 'feeling confident' ahead of Sunday's World Superbike double header at Portim?o after claiming his second pole position of 2015.

Having experimented with a new exhaust system that has improved the Ducati Panigale's power curver this weekend, the Italian used Tom Sykes as a marker to set his fastest time in Saturday afternoon's SP2 session.

"In this morning's session we worked really well and I think we took another good step forward with respect to yesterday's sessions," said Giugliano. "This afternoon it was more tricky, also because of the higher temperature but I can say that we're feeling confident ahead of the races.

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"I'm really pleased with pole position of course - my second since returning at Imola and, considering that the other guys have completed eight more races than me this season, I see this as an important result which also boosts my morale."

It was Giugliano's third pole position in his past four rounds but he is yet to translate that into a race winning performance come Sunday. He is hopeful of cooler conditions in both races.

"Tomorrow I hope that race 1 takes place in slightly cooler conditions while I realise that the second will be tough if conditions are particularly hot."