World Supersport qualifying was marred by a red flag as oil was dumped on the racing line halfway through, but it didn't stop the qualifying from coming down to the usual suspects.
Kenan Sofuoglu set an early fast lap on the Kawasaki only to have it taken away by his fierce rival Jules Cluzel. Sofuoglu regained the top spot and maintained it for almost the remainder of the session. As the clock wound down, Cluzel broke the five-year old qualifying record set, unsurprisingly, by Kenan Sofuoglu in 2010, and took a convincing pole position on his MV Agusta, setting himself up to try to thwart Sofuoglu's run for his fifth consecutive race victory, a potential record in the making.
PJ Jacobsen took the last front row spot, in spite of this being his first qualifying session on the Honda. He took the opportunity to thank his sponsors and his new team, rewarding them with a front row start. Kyle Smith and Gino Rea, also on Hondas shared the second row with the MV Agusta of Alex Baldolini.
With cooler weather favouring Jules Cluzel tomorrow, the ongoing fight between Cluzel and championship leader Kenan Sofuoglu could come down to the reliability of the MV Agusta or the resiliance of the two rivals. With six rounds gone, and six rounds left, including this weekend, Cluzel has forty five points to make up on Sofuoglu, and needs a victory to keep the fight alive.
|1||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||1'44.554||274,8|
|2||54||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'44.826||0.272||274,1|
|3||99||P. JACOBSEN||Honda CBR600RR||1'45.688||1.134||274,1|
|4||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||1'45.894||1.340||274,8|
|5||4||G. REA||Honda CBR600RR||1'46.111||1.557||279,1|
|6||25||A. BALDOLINI||MV Agusta F3 675||1'46.385||1.831||274,8|
|7||61||F. MENGHI||Yamaha YZF R6||1'46.478||1.924||275,5|
|8||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||1'46.480||1.926||276,2|
|9||44||R. ROLFO||Honda CBR600RR||1'46.508||1.954||274,8|
|10||36||M. CARDENAS||Honda CBR600RR||1'46.512||1.958||273,4|
|11||84||R. RUSSO||Honda CBR600RR||1'46.596||2.042||269,3|
|12||5||M. FACCANI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'46.812||2.258||278,4|
|13||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'46.859||2.305||271,4|
|14||68||G. SCOTT||Honda CBR600RR||1'47.151||2.597||273,4|
|15||19||K. WAHR||Honda CBR600RR||1'47.203||2.649||266,7|
|16||6||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-6R||1'47.810||3.256||269,3|
|17||24||M. RAMIREZ||Honda CBR600RR||1'47.911||3.357||270,7|
|18||117||M. PRAIA||Honda CBR600RR||1'48.495||3.941||271,4|
|19||10||N. CALERO||Honda CBR600RR||1'48.550||3.996||272,7|