The new MotoGP-style qualifying took place at a dry Phillip Island.
In the first Superpole session, after everyone completed their first lap, Leon Haslam and Tony Elias were the two fastest men, and therefore the men who would pass into Superpole 2. Haslam's time was 0.75 seconds quicker than Elias's, and the Spaniard's lap time was not out of reach to the EVO bikes. Elias returned to the track with a qualifying tyre while David Salom made mincemeat of Elias's lap and slotted into second place.
Leon Haslam improved his time while Elias missed his chance to get to the next session, unable to improve on his first outing.
Superpole 2 opened with Alex Lowes setting a fast lap first, but Davide Giugliano surpassed his time. The second phase allowed those that hadn't used their qualifying tyre to have one last dash and Sylvain Guintoli made the most of it, setting the fastest time of the weekend.
Tom Sykes, almost a third of the second faster than Guintoli, left it to the last minute to assert himself and unfortunately crashed out before completing the potential pole position lap.
Sylvain Guintoli took pole position on his silver Aprilia, with Davide Giugliano in second place on the Ducati Panigale. The last place on the front row was taken by Guintoli's new teammate Marco Melandri. The second row was filled with the Suzukis of Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes and the Honda of Jonathan Rea. Guintoli was disappointed to not record a 1'29 lap, missing it by four hundredths, and said he would try to get one next year.
|1||50||S. GUINTOLI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'30.038||317,6|
|2||34||D. GIUGLIANO||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'30.135||0.097||309,5|
|3||33||M. MELANDRI||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'30.332||0.294||319,5|
|4||58||E. LAVERTY||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'30.385||0.347||305,9|
|5||22||A. LOWES||Suzuki GSX-R1000||1'30.421||0.383||305,1|
|6||65||J. REA||Honda CBR1000RR||1'30.660||0.622||307,7|
|7||76||L. BAZ||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'30.796||0.758||306,8|
|8||1||T. SYKES||Kawasaki ZX-10R||1'30.835||0.797||308,6|
|9||91||L. HASLAM||Honda CBR1000RR||1'31.138||1.100||306,8|
|10||59||N. CANEPA||Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO||1'31.274||1.236||294,3|
|11||7||C. DAVIES||Ducati 1199 Panigale R||1'31.281||1.243||305,1|
|12||44||D. SALOM||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'31.950||1.912||295,1|
|Times from Superpole 1|
|13||24||T. ELIAS||Aprilia RSV4 Factory||1'32.107||1.137||307,7|
|14||71||C. CORTI||MV Agusta F4 RR||1'32.187||1.217||300,0|
|15||9||F. FORET||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'32.248||1.278||290,3|
|16||21||A. ANDREOZZI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'32.902||1.932||298,3|
|17||11||J. GUARNONI||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'33.146||2.176||291,9|
|18||32||S. MORAIS||Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO||1'33.404||2.434||291,1|
|19||14||G. ALLERTON||BMW S1000 RR EVO||1'33.605||2.635||291,9|
|20||10||I. TOTH||BMW S1000 RR||1'34.137||3.167||303,4|