Max Neukirchner set the pace in final free practice ahead of Superpole at Magny-Cours as the riders finally got down to the sort of pace that was expected this weekend.
The first session not be disrupted by the weather, Suzuki dominated with Neukirchner and Fonsi Nieto the only riders to slip below the 1min 39secs barrier. The German rider is particularly keen for a good result this weekend, one year on from when he made his factory Suzuki debut.
Troy Corser was third fastest, ahead of Troy Bayliss on the Ducati, while Carlos Checa, provisional pole sitter Noriyuki Haga and Michel Fabrizio ensured that all the usual suspects were up at the front.
Despite their weather assisted Superpole positions, privateer riders David Checa, Lorenzo Lanzi and Roberto Rolfo proved they deserve to be where they are after going eighth, ninth and tenth.
In fact, the top 16 in free practice mirrors that of the Superpole participants, save for Regis Laconi popping up to 14th on the Kawasaki, while Sebastien Gimbert was down in 18th.
Superpole follows shortly.