World Superbike championship leader Noriyuki Haga insists he isn't rattled by Ben Spies' massive Superpole advantage and remains confident of fighting for a double victory at Valencia on Sunday.
Haga won the first race of the 2009 season at Phillip Island, but rookie Spies has triumphed in the three races since - and is now just 10 points behind the Ducati Xerox rider heading into Sunday's third round.
Ahead of that encounter, Spies took a perfect third Superpole in a row by a massive 0.685secs from nearest rival Regis Laconi (DFX Ducati) on Saturday, with Haga 0.812sec behind the Texan for third on the grid.
“I'm very happy to be on the front row,” said Haga. “At the beginning of the weekend I found a good setting for the race and I've already decided on the tyre for the race. I'm looking forward to tomorrow.
“It doesn't matter about qualifying,” he repeated. “My priority is the races, to win twice on Sunday. We have a good package so I hope we can do that.”
Ducati Xerox team-mate Michel Fabrizio will complete the front row in fourth.
“I'm happy with today's result," said the Italian. "After the first two rounds in which I didn't do as well as I hope, I'm happy that we've got back on the right road here. I feel as comfortable as I did in winter testing during which I was going really well. We've got the race pace and tomorrow I hope we can be up front and fighting to get ahead of Yamaha.”