Leon Camier will start from his ninth MCE British Superbike Championship pole position of the season at Silverstone after fending off James Ellison in the qualifying shootout.
Camier, who can wrap up the title with one round remaining this weekend, had looked confident for pole position having broken the lap record during final free practice.
However, while he was equally as fast when qualifying came around, Ellison went with him, getting to within less than a tenth of his team-mate in what is arguably his most convincing qualifying performance of the season.
A 1-2 for newly crowned champions Airwaves Yamaha, Josh Brookes did his best to get amongst the pole fight, but had to settle for third, more than half a second behind Camier.
Nonetheless, it was enough for him to emerge as the leading Honda rider, ahead of Hydrex duo Stuart Easton and Tommy Hill, the latter rider – in only his second event for the team – getting close to his race winning team-mate.
Three Kawasaki riders made it into the top ten, with John Laverty their highest placed representative in sixth position, ahead of Simon Andrews in seventh and Julian Da Costa in ninth. Sylvain Guintoli and Ian Lowry flew the flag for Suzuki in eighth and tenth respectively.
Outside the top ten, Glen Richards missed out on reaching the shootout on his return from injury in 12th position, while Chris Walker will start just behind in 13th place after falling on his final flying lap.
Just behind, Richard Cooper will start 14th overall as the best Mirror.co.uk Cup rider, while Alastair Seeley will make his first BSB start on the 'Evo' specification Relentless Suzuki in a solid 16th.
Fellow debutant Dan Linfoot qualified 23rd, marginally adrift of returnees Michael Rutter in 21st and Karl Harris in 22nd.