Briton Jonathan Rea claimed provisional pole position for Sunday’s penultimate round of the World Supersport championship at Magny Cours.
In bitterly cold conditions, Rea posted a best lap of 1m42.849s in a rain interrupted session and remains confident he can go faster tomorrow.
Rea said: “I’m happy enough, we tested here so we were able to hit the ground running today. I plugged away and I was able to get into the 1m 42’s by the end of the session which is the pace we’ll need to be doing all race if we want to win.”
Second spot went to factory Yamaha man Broc Parkes, who led for the majority of the session with Hoegee Suzuki rider Barry Veneman in third.
Local rider Matthew Lagrive secured fourth onboard his Intermoto Czech Honda with Spaniard Juan Lascorz continuing his return to form in fifth.
Championship leader Andrew Pitt was running third for the majority of the session before a crash in the second split saw him drop down the leader board to sixth. The Australian was on a potentially pole lap when he lost the front at the first chicane but was unhurt in the crash.
1 65 J. REA GBR Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR 1'42.849
2 23 B. PARKES AUS Yamaha World Supersport Yamaha YZF-R6 1'43.007
3 77 B. VENEMAN NED RES Software Hoegee Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1'43.343
4 14 M. LAGRIVE FRA Intermoto Czech Honda CBR600RR 1'43.390
5 26 J. LASCORZ ESP Glaner Motocard.com Honda CBR600RR 1'43.445
6 88 A. PITT AUS Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR600RR 1'43.601
7 83 D. VAN KEYMEULEN BEL RES Software Hoegee Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R600 1'43.710 8 69 G. NANNELLI ITA Hannspree Honda Althea Honda CBR600RR 1'44.010
9 25 J. BROOKES AUS Hannspree Stiggy Motors. Honda Honda CBR600RR 1'44.390
10 41 J. HAYES USA Parkalgar Racing Team Honda CBR600RR 1'44.615
11 55 M. ROCCOLI ITA Yamaha Lorenzini by Leoni Yamaha YZF-R6 1'44.636
12 17 M. PRAIA POR Parkalgar Racing Team Honda CBR600RR 1'44.636
13 127 R. HARMS DEN Hannspree Stiggy Motors. Honda Honda CBR600RR 1'44.712 14 169 J. ENJOLRAS FRA Tati Team Yamaha YZF-R6 1'44.788
15 21 K. FUJIWARA JPN Kawasaki Gil Motor Sport Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'44.790
16 8 M. AITCHISON AUS Triumph Italia BE1 Racing Triumph 675 1'44.874
17 81 G. GOWLAND GBR Berry Racing Honda CBR600RR 1'44.886
18 47 I. CLEMENTI ITA Triumph Italia BE1 Racing Triumph 675 1'45.015
19 11 R. HOLLAND AUS Hannspree Honda Althea Honda CBR600RR 1'45.349
20 44 D. SALOM ESP Yamaha Spain Yamaha YZF-R6 1'45.608
21 4 L. ALFONSI ITA CRS Grand Prix Honda CBR600RR 1'45.832
22 105 G. VIZZIELLO ITA Benjan Racing Team Honda CBR600RR 1'45.904
23 126 C. MARTIN GBR Kawasaki Gil Motor Sport Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'46.349
24 10 D. PERRET FRA Berry Racing Honda CBR600RR 1'46.447
25 7 P. VOSTÁREK CZE Intermoto Czech Honda CBR600RR 1'46.497
26 99 F. FORET FRA Yamaha World Supersport Yamaha YZF-R6 1'46.914
27 117 D. SACCHETTI ITA Factory Racing Honda CBR600RR 1'47.176
28 34 B. NEMETH HUN Factory Racing Honda CBR600RR 1'47.559
29 30 J. GÜNTHER GER Benjan Racing Team Honda CBR600RR 1'48.073
30 74 T. MULOT FRA Up Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'48.912
31 51 S. BARRAGAN ESP Glaner Motocard.com Honda CBR600RR 1'49.182