Max Biaggi and Ruben Xaus are determined to leave the Sterilgarda Ducati team on a high following a promising performance during qualifying for the final World Superbike round of the season in Portugal.

Making the most of the rainy conditions in Superpole, Biaggi was one of the session's big winners having struggled in the mid-field for much of the weekend so far.

Launching his best lap before the rain became heavier, Biaggi, who will race for Aprilia next season, rose from a provisional 16th to snare a spot on the outside of the front row.

"Today we have done a good work in both the sessions. If tomorrow will be dry, we'll have to spend the warm-up focusing on the traction which is still not excellent. During the wet Superpole I understood the conditions of the track and I got the first line. I hope in two dry race tomorrow; my goal will be to fight in the leading pack."

BMW-bound Xaus, meanwhile, was pleased to go eighth best, despite missing most of the session when he suffered a fall at the particularly tricky final corner.

"During the Superpole I slid because of a lack of anti-spin which caused me difficulties on the rear. Anyhow I'm pretty satisfied with my starting position. I will sprint from the second line and I will attempt to enter the battle for the first positions in order to leave the team with two good results."



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