Chaz Davies was content with his pace over race distance on Saturday in Jerez but admitted he and his Ducati Panigale are still missing something to gain an edge over one flying lap.

The Welshman, currently second in the world championship, could only qualify sixth in Superpole for the World Superbike meeting at Jerez after showing good form throughout free practice.

Still, Davies cited his qualifying performance in Sepang, where he ended Saturday in the same position, and his subsequent race results there as reason to be optimistic ahead of the two races in Jerez.

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"I feel like to achieve a good race pace we need to sacrifice pace on the flying lap, something that was quite clear today," he said. "I did a run of about 16 laps earlier today and the bike performed fairly well, though I think there's still room for improvement.

"On the qualifying tyre on the other hand, I don't think I made any real mistakes but unfortunately I wasn't able to do any more in terms of lap time.

"It would have been nice to have been a little further forward but, having said that, we were sixth on the grid in Malaysia and managed to put it all together, so I'm feeling optimistic and am looking forward to the races."