Michel Fabrizio sits on provisional pole for Sunday's World Superbike races, after the Xerox Ducati rider nudged Yamaha's Ben Spies from the top spot in the dying minutes of the session. Spies had taken over in turn from Fabrizio's team mate Nori Haga as the session approached the halfway mark, and led almost to the end.
Yukio Kagayama set the 3rd fastest time on the Alstare Suzuki, the Japanese veteran also picking up speed as the session neared its end. Johnny Rea takes the final spot on the provisional front row, getting back to the front with just a couple of minutes to go, after having been close for most of the session.
Rea knocked an unleashed Broc Parkes off the front row, the Kawasaki rider finally showing some real speed. Parkes was up as high as 3rd fastest at one point, before just losing out on the provisional front row. The Ten Kate Hondas of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Carlos Checa are in 6th and 7th, with Nori Haga down in 8th.
BMW's Troy Corser was well up the order in the early part of the session, slipping down into 10th later on. The BMW finished ahead of the Aprilia of Shinya Nakano, with Nakano's team mate Max Biaggi in a lowly 16th place.
American rider Jamie Hacking just made it into the top 20, provisionally qualifying for tomorrow's Superpole, while John Hopkins, returning from injury, took it carefully to finish the day down in 26th.
Qualifying continues tomorrow morning, from which the top 20 riders will go through to the knock-out Superpole sessions.
Result of QP1 for the World Superbikes at Misano: