World Supersport Qualifying brought a few surprises inclusing an interesting tactical play borrowed from Marc Marquez.
PJ Jacobsen set a blistering laptime of 2'08.244 halfway through the session that was good enough for pole position, if not the outright record. Jacobsen's first pole continues his good form on the Honda, putting him in the mix for a possible win. Kenan Sofuoglu put aside his personal tragedy and qualified in second place after pushing hard all session to try to beat Jacobsen's time.
Jules Cluzel had a plan, however, to push Sofuoglu further down the grid by towing Gino Rea behind him, gifting him a fast lap as a buffer between himself and Sofuoglu, but the tactic didn't work beyond promoting Rea to sixth on the grid behind Robbie Rolfo and Lorenzo Zanetti. Cluzel blamed his third place on a lack of good tyres when they mattered instead of a last minute failed attempt to throw speedbumps Sofuoglu's way.
Kyle Smith was seventh quickest, in spite of a crash.
|1||99||P. JACOBSEN||Honda CBR600RR||2'08.244||266,0|
|2||54||K. SOFUOGLU||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'08.424||0.180||259,0|
|3||16||J. CLUZEL||MV Agusta F3 675||2'08.462||0.218||257,8|
|4||44||R. ROLFO||Honda CBR600RR||2'09.159||0.915||262,8|
|5||87||L. ZANETTI||MV Agusta F3 675||2'09.246||1.002||257,8|
|6||4||G. REA||Honda CBR600RR||2'09.246||1.002||259,6|
|7||111||K. SMITH||Honda CBR600RR||2'09.361||1.117||260,2|
|8||25||A. BALDOLINI||MV Agusta F3 675||2'09.393||1.149||260,2|
|9||11||C. GAMARINO||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'09.472||1.228||259,0|
|10||5||M. FACCANI||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'10.010||1.766||265,4|
|11||36||M. CARDENAS||Honda CBR600RR||2'10.244||2.000||257,8|
|12||19||K. WAHR||Honda CBR600RR||2'10.290||2.046||258,4|
|13||61||F. MENGHI||Yamaha YZF R6||2'10.585||2.341||265,4|
|14||6||D. SCHMITTER||Kawasaki ZX-6R||2'10.596||2.352||259,6|
|15||41||A. WAGNER||Honda CBR600RR||2'10.723||2.479||256,5|
|16||59||R. WILAIROT||Honda CBR600RR||2'11.090||2.846||257,8|
|17||68||G. SCOTT||Honda CBR600RR||2'11.425||3.181||259,6|
|18||24||M. RAMIREZ||Honda CBR600RR||2'11.868||3.624||259,6|
|19||10||N. CALERO||Honda CBR600RR||2'11.944||3.700||257,8|