Niccol? Canepa took advantage of his strong pace in free practice to claim an excellent front row start for both World Superbike races at Jerez.

The Italian used a tow from Jonathan Rea to set the third fastest time on Saturday afternoon with a time that was just eight thousandths of a second slower than the championship leader.

Despite the tow, Canepa has shown good form all weekend. Speaking after Superpole the Italian, who has ridden for three different teams in 2015, said this result was a continuation of the good form shown in the USA.

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"I'm really happy. We had good speed in Laguna Seca. I knew Malaysia was the most difficult track for me. I don't know why but I'm so slow on that track. Unfortunately I didn't finish the race in Laguna Seca because we had a problem with the clutch.

"I was sure I would have been in the top five in that race. Now I'm back in this kind of position. The qualifying and practice have been the best of my career but I have a good pace for tomorrow. I'm really happy right now.

"For sure in this circuit the difference between our bike and the 'Factory' bike is quite big. In this track it seems that we don't feel it so much. In the first practice I discover I knew I could a good race. In Malaysia I already knew it would be difficult from the start."

Asked to specify the differences between the 'Factory' Ducatis of Chaz Davies and Michele Pirro and his own machine, Canepa continued, "They have a longer swingarm. The whole geometry is different because they have a different rear chassis. They use a completely different set-up and we can't use it. Also the exhaust system is different. During the races this helps a lot."

Looking ahead to Sunday's two races, Canepa feels a lack of mistakes will be imperative to his result due to the proximity of the top ten.

"I have a good pace. For sure the top ten riders are all very close. I don't have to make any mistake because if I do three or four riders will pass and that would be very hard to regain. I'll try not to make any mistakes and we'll see what happens."