Matthieu Lagrive revealed his intentions to secure a third consecutive World Supersport pole position by claiming a provisional top spot at Vallelunga.
Lagrive started on pole position at Brands Hatch and Donington Park and is in the right place to the same at Vallelunga, provided the wet weather continues to worsen overnight.
Indeed, the Frenchman, riding for the Intermoto Czech Honda team, was over a second quicker than anyone else at the wet and rainy Italian circuit, his closest competition coming in the form of Jonathan Rea.
In fact, Honda dominated proceedings up at the front of the grid, with the Japanese manufacturer filling out the front row, although with Gianluca Nannelli and Joshua Brookes in third and fourth, they all come from different teams.
Perhaps the biggest surprise came from fifth place Chris Martin, who placed his Gil Kawasaki a superb fifth on the grid provisionally in what is only his second outing with the team.
Barry Veneman was sixth on the best of the Suzukis, while Mark Aitchison was a strong seventh, even if he was second quickest in practice. Fastest in that session was his Triumph Italia team-mate Ivan Clementi, although he emerged tenth, behind Joan Lascorz and Didier Van Keymeulen.
Elsewhere, Eugene Laverty, who is battling an injured foot this weekend, was a solid 12th, while regular front runners Andrew Pitt and Broc Parkes took things easy in 15th and 14th respectively.