Troy Bayliss was happy to be third on the grid for the penultimate round of his World Superbike career at Magny-Cours as he moves ever closer to the 2008 crown.
Bayliss just needs to maintain a 50 point gap to Troy Corser or pole sitter Noriyuki Haga at the end of tomorrow's races to win the championship on his swansong attempt.
He will start those races from third on the grid though after losing out to Haga and Fonsi Nieto for pole position around the French circuit.
Dropping a total of two tenths to his Japanese rival, Bayliss was nonetheless just pleased to get some dry running in after a turbulent weekend of weather, while he admits he will take it a bit easier in the races too.
"I'm pleased with how the day went and am happy to be on the front row tomorrow, especially when I see that my second split was not quite right but anyway third place isn't bad and the laps I completed in free practice before Superpole were pretty good too. I'm looking forward to good races tomorrow.
“We've had very mixed conditions so far and finally we saw some sun this afternoon but I hope it will stay like dry overnight because the track is staying wet for a long time. I plan to pull the reigns in a bit tomorrow and calm myself down and get two good results."
Team-mate Michel Fabrizio, meanwhile, will start a fair ninth after doing what he could with his less than ideal second place in the running order for Superpole.
"I'm a little disappointed as I wanted to do better than the third row for tomorrow, and I thought I'd done a pretty good lap in Superpole this afternoon. Anyway the result is not so bad and being at the front of the guys on the third row may be an advantage.
“I just need to make two great starts to be able to fight up there at the front with the others! We will see how things go tomorrow because from what we've seen so far it's clear that the weather will obviously play a part, I'd like it to remain dry."