Davide Giugliano has said it was 'a shame' that he missed out on a double World Superbike podium salvo at Portim?o but believes his showing in race two demonstrates that he will be fighting for race wins soon.

Starting from his second pole position of the year, Giugliano initially struggled in race one, making several mistakes, which saw him slip down the top ten.

It looked as though the Italian would struggle to carry his Saturday form through to Sunday, a criticism regularly directed at him, as he struggled to find grip but he was handed a reprieve when a rain shower began after mid distance.

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The 25-year old was able to climb the order, eventually finishing fourth after sitting tenth before entering the pits.

"In the first race I simply didn't find the right feeling with my bike due to a lack of grip that seems to occur as a result of variations in the weather. Fortunately it rained, because that way we were able to manage the situation a little better, to close fourth. A shame though as I could have achieved two podiums here today."

In the second outing, Giugliano carried a real threat, leading the Kawasaki pairing of Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes until mid distance.

Although unable to live with Rea it the latter stages, the Italian placed second, equaling his best result in the class. He feels he can use this as a stepping stone to regularly fight for victories.

"This was an important podium for me, especially after having finished race 1 fourth. For race two we made some changes and my team gave me a bike with which I was able to ride hard and finish second.

"The updates that my technicians have brought this weekend have helped me too and I'm really happy, especially for the fact that, after a three month break, my team has helped me to get back to a position in which I can fight for the win, which I hope will arrive soon."