Josh Brookes gave his British Superbike title hopes a small boost by qualifying on pole position for the penultimate event at Silverstone, while Tommy Hill could only manage sixth.
The Australian, who has competed at Silverstone in both British Superstock and World Superbike capacities this season, was fastest in all three knockout phases, though he did face a stern challenge from Michael Rutter.
The Ducati rider looked on course for an upset as the clock wound down, but his 2mins 06.337secs would be usurped by Brookes's 2mins 06.215secs effort.
Perhaps more importantly, Hill was a fairly modest sixth, eight tenths down on Brookes, while Michael Laverty – now Hill's closest challenger in the standings – will also start ahead of him in third.
Ryuichi Kiyonari completed the front row, though it was an eventful session for the former champion. Forced to pit with a technical issue during the second phase, Kiyonari went on to crash on his final flying lap in phase three.
Continuing his strong form from practice, Loris Baz will start fifth for Motorpoint Yamaha – though he also fell towards the latter stages of SP3 -, while Dan Linfoot made it a strong day for the team in seventh place. Chris Walker, Simon Andrews and James Ellison completed the top ten.
Further back, Alastair Seeley will start a disappointing 14th, while Kawasaki's James Hillier claimed a surprise Evo pole position in 18th overall in what is only his second BSB event.