Davide Giugliano admitted he was 'struggling to ride' on Saturday after two falls on Friday left him nursing a delicate body.

The Italian still managed to put his Ducati Panigale on the front row for his two home races at Misano on Sunday despite finding it difficult to change direction at high speed.

"I'm pleased we were able to close third, as to start at the front of the grid will be particularly helpful in the opening stages of the race, also considering how close we all are in terms of times," said Giugliano.

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"Today I'm feeling physically worse than yesterday and I'm struggling to ride to be honest, especially in the changes of direction, so the races won't be at all easy.

"We'll continue to work this evening and I'm sure that, also with Dall'Igna's help, we'll be able to prepare well for tomorrow. Another key thing that will help is the passion and support of all my fans here."

Team-mate Chaz Davies qualified a lowly eleventh after a gear sensor seriously hindered his speed on Saturday afternoon.

"Unfortunately we had a problem with the gear sensor in the Superpole, something that already affected my laps on the race tyre and then became worse with the qualifying tyre.

"There is no time to solve any issues during such a short session and so the result is disappointing. It's a shame because the front of the bike seemed a bit better in this session."

The Welshman is nonetheless confident of scoring a pair of good results on Sunday, providing he can get off the line well.

"We've obviously got work to do tomorrow. I need to focus on making a fast start and then positioning myself well through the first laps to see what I can do, but it's not going to be easy from the fourth row."