Davide Giugliano says he can take satisfaction from doing his bit for a Ducati 1-2 in qualifying for the ninth World Superbike Championship at Laguna Seca after being forced to do his best lap on used rubber.

The Italian was in the hunt for pole position alongside his Aruba.it Ducati team-mate Chaz Davies, but a mistake on his first flying lap through the iconic Corkscrew forced him to produce his best on the second revolution.

Though not enough to unseat Davies from his maiden pole position, Giugliano was only a tenth shy as he slotted into second for a comfortable front row spot. Still seeking his first WSBK win, the Italian has high hopes for his race pace.

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"Superpole was a bit of a crazy one. There was an 'episode' through the Corkscrew during my first lap that prevented me from setting a fast time and so I had to make a really solid second lap which is never easy to do.

"I was able to do it though, and this is important; for us to be first and second on the grid is a very satisfying result for the team, for Ducati and for the sponsors. As far as race pace is concerned, I think that we've improved and even if we're not yet quite 100 per cent sorted, I'm feeling really confident ahead of the races."