Ben Spies moved back to the head of the field in the second phase of the three-part knockout Superpole session at Valencia, despite a technical problem.

The American rookie, winner of the last three races, was forced to park his Yamaha in gravel, but remained fastest. Spies will now use his spare bike for Superpole 3.

DFX Corse's Regis Laconi's was second in the session with Michel Fabrizio third for Ducati Xerox. Championship leader Noriyuki Haga also progressed through to the top-eight shootout, courtesy of fifth position, despite a major moment on his factory Ducati.

Not so lucky was Shane Byrne, who was pitched off his Sterilgarda Ducati mid-corner in the closing seconds of the session. The reigning BSB champion worrying appeared to have picked up some kind of injury in the tumble.

Carlos Checa, quickest in Superpole 1, fell early in Superpole 2, but returned on his spare bike to progress through to Superpole 3 with the eighth fastest time.

Aprilia's Max Biaggi, fastest in Friday qualifying and Saturday free practice at Valencia, was among those eliminated in the very first phase of Saturday's knockout Superpole session.

Superpole 3 will now decided the top eight positions on Sunday's starting grid.

Riders eliminated in Superpole 2: Kiyonari, Haslam, Smrz, Byrne, Parkes, Corser, Roberts, Hopkins.
Riders eliminated in Superpole 1: Sykes, Biaggi, Xaus, Nakano.


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