Stuart Easton is well positioned to record back-to-back Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix victories after securing pole position for the 43rd running of the historic event.
Although he couldn't topple his record-breaking lap time from provisional qualifying, Easton was still comfortably faster than his closest competition, edging out Conor Cummins by almost a second.
Coming a year after he gave his career a significant boost by taking a maiden win around the Guia circuit, BSB race winner Easton was delighted to be starting with a clear track ahead of him.
“It started as a difficult session because of the cold track and also the overnight road traffic on the circuit had reduced grip levels from yesterday's sessions. However, as the session progressed I realised the bike set up was ideal for the race and I was able to lap faster and faster.
“Obviously I'm really pleased to be on pole and to have set a new lap record. I can't wait for tomorrow's race!”
Hydrex IGT Honda team-mate Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness also had a solid session, securing seventh position on the grid
“Unlike Stuart, I've not been racing this bike all season and it's a challenge to get on an unfamiliar bike and be immediately competitive. Also, the weather at Macau is much cooler than in previous years and the colder track is definitely affecting grip.
“Having said this, my lap times improved throughout the session and I'm pleased to be on the second row. I feel confident for tomorrow's race and know I can run with the best of them.”