Leon Camier made the best of poor weather conditions in the final free practice session of the weekend at Cadwell Park by claiming the quickest time ahead of qualifying.
Heavy rain had already delayed proceedings before the BSB contenders rolled onto track, but while the reluctant sun began to turn the circuit conditions into damp rather than wet, several of the top riders, including Shane Byrne, Michael Rutter and Simon Andrews still decided not to venture out onto the circuit.
Nonetheless, Camier, the two HM Plant Honda riders and Friday practice pace setter Tom Sykes did make a tentative appearance in the early stages, the quartet duly sweeping to the top of the timesheets,
Camier led the way though on the Airwaves Ducati with a lap of 1min 37.447secs, just over a tenth quicker than Cal Crutchlow. Leon Haslam was third fastest, while Suzuki duo Michael Laverty and Sykes rounded out the top five, albeit more than two seconds off the pace.
Karl Harris was sixth best, ahead of the best Daily Star Cup runner, Chris Burns, although with the riders in the latter end of the top ten, including Guy Martin, Tom Tunstall and Gary Mason all over three seconds off the ultimate pace, it is testament to the few laps completed over the 50-minutes.
With most riders refraining from using slick tyres in the latter stages as the circuit began to assume a dry line, pole position in this afternoon's revised qualifying format remains very open.
The weather, meanwhile, is expected to remain sunny for the remainder of the day.