Reigning champion and Superpole master Tom Sykes has stormed to pole position for the first European races of the year, 0.2 seconds faster than his factory Kawasaki teammate Loris Baz with his 1'56.479 lap.
French Aprilia rider Sylvain Guintoli was third, a further 0.1 behind Baz, while Davide Guigliano put the Ducati on the second row of the grid. His teammate Chaz Davies, initally fastest and threatening the front row, was unable to finish better than sixth after a crash at the midway point.
Jonathan Rea was fifth on the Pata Honda, with his teammate Leon Haslam also a faller, finishing the second Superpole session last in 12th after crashing out on his opening lap.
THe second Aprilia of Marco Melandri was seventh, slipping down the timesheets after being consistently fast all weekend. In 8th and 9th were the Voltcom Crescent Suzuki pair of Eugene Laverty and ALex Lowes, with Laverty suffering from engine problems earlier in the day; something he'll be looking to avoid after already losing one of their allocated engines at Philip Island.
Leon Camier was eleventh, making it through to Superpole 2 after a late lap in the opening session, while Christian Iddon was 18th on the Bimota.
1 1 T. SYKES GBR Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.479
2 76 L. BAZ FRA Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'56.675 0.196
3 50 S. GUINTOLI FRA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'56.769 0.290
4 34 D. GIUGLIANO ITA Ducati Superbike Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'56.825 0.346
5 65 J. REA GBR PATA Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1'56.972 0.493
6 7 C. DAVIES GBR Ducati Superbike Team Ducati 1199 Panigale R 1'56.977 0.498
7 33 M.MELANDRI ITA Aprilia Racing Team Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'57.063 0.584
8 58 E. LAVERTY IRL Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.736 1.257
9 22 A. LOWES GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 1'57.975 1.496
10 24 T. ELIAS ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 Factory 1'58.180 1.701
11 19 L. CAMIER GBR BMW Motorrad Italia SBK BMW S1000 RR EVO 1'59.326 2.847
12 91 L. HASLAM GBR PATA Honda World Superbike Honda CBR1000RR 1'58.376
13 59 N. CANEPA ITA Althea Racing Ducati 1199 Panigale R EVO 1'59.255
14 44 D.SALOM ESP Kawasaki Racing Team Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 1'59.486
15 86 A. BADOVINI ITA Team Alstare Bimota BB3 EVO 1'59.596
16 71 C. CORTI ITA MV Agusta RC-Yakhnich M. MV Agusta F4 RR 1'59.747
17 32 S. MORAIS RSA IRON BRAIN Grillini Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'00.415
18 2 C. IDDON GBR Team Alstare Bimota BB3 EVO 2'01.102
19 84 M.FABRIZIO ITA IRON BRAIN Grillini Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'01.862
20 11 J. GUARNONI FRA MRS Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'00.736
21 9 F. FORET FRA MAHI Racing Team India Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'02.188
22 23 L. SCASSA ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'02.037
23 21 A. ANDREOZZI ITA Team Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R EVO 2'02.507
24 10 I. TOTH HUN BMW Team Toth BMW S1000 RR 2'02.682
25 20 A. YATES USA Team Hero EBR EBR 1190 RX 2'03.102
26 99 G.MAY USA Team Hero EBR EBR 1190 RX 2'03.657
27 56 P. SEBESTYEN HUN BMW Team Toth BMW S1000 RR EVO 2'05.623