This year, only 15 riders qualify for Superpole with three eliminated after the first of the three sessions. This is due to the switch to MotoGP-like three bike wide grids. There are three twelve minute sessions with three riders eliminated after each of the sessions with the last session determining the grid positions for the first three rows. As it was last year, each rider gets two Pirelli qualifying tyres to use across the three sessions.
Tom Sykes outright dominated qualification last year, but with a fractured wrist, it would be impressive if he were to carry on that record. He was quickest in the first session where Max Neukirchner, wildcard Jamie Stauffer and Ivan Clementi didn't qualify for the second session and will start from the fifth grid.
The second session was topped by Eugene Laverty ahead of Sykes, while Davide Giugliano, Loris Baz and Chaz Davies were eliminated from Superpole three. Leon Haslam very nearly missed out on qualifying but was able to sneak a fast lap in after the flag was out.
For a while, it looked like Sykes would grab another pole position, but Carlos Checa was able to get the Ducati Panigale pole position on its first outing. The Aprilias of Eugene Laverty and Michel Fabrizio completed the first row ahead of Sykes, Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli. Leon Camier, Leon Haslam and Jonathan Rea, who struggled with the qualifiers, were on the third row.