Chaz Davies refused to be downbeat after he fell while chasing pole position at a drenched Magny-Cours in World Superbike qualifying on Saturday.

Capable of matching the race pace of either Kawasaki in the dry, Davies set the fourth fastest time in Superpole, before setting about improving his time.

Fastest through the first three sectors, Davies was visibly pushing his Ducati Panigale to its limits on the run downhill to turn 15. It was there that he lost the front, briefly falling out of the session.

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Despite making it back to pit lane with the bike relatively intact, the 28-year old was unable to better his lap time. Still, Davies described the position as "not bad".

"Superpole went fairly well considering. I was forced a bit wide going into the final corner and had to brake a little too hard causing me to crash, which was a bit of a shame as I think we were on for a fast lap.

"Anyway, fourth isn't bad; I actually expected worse, because in these conditions anything can happen and you can fall behind. The position is good actually, as it means I'm behind pole on the outside heading into turn 1.

"As for the races, I think it should be dry tomorrow and we have good pace; we'll just have to see whether it's good enough to be able to take a win..."

Standing in for the injured Davide Giugliano, Luca Scassa posted an impressive qualifying performance. His sixth fastest time on Saturday afternoon came despite suffering from limited visibility.

"I'm very happy with sixth as a result. I hadn't ridden in the rain for five years and so it was all new, a new bike and in wet conditions. In Superpole 1 I decided to follow Englishman Camier to gain a little confidence.

"I made my fastest lap right at the end of the session, despite having limited visibility due to a fogged-up visor. In Superpole 2 I had more confidence, having already completed the first session.

"I made a couple of mistakes, but for me it was important to do as well as possible while keeping calm and trying to avoid a crash. I'm really pleased with the result and hope we can continue like this tomorrow."