Jonathan Rea was pleased to come away from provisional qualifying with the fourth quickest lap time at Monza after spending much of the day concentrating on race set-up.
The Northern Irishman left it until the latter stages of the session to move up from outside the top ten and grab a provisional slot on the front row of the grid.
Although his hopes of an even better lap time were thwarted by traffic around the Italian circuit, Rea was nonetheless satisfied with his competitive showing.
“We really tried to concentrate on race set-up this afternoon, using old tyres,” the Ten Kate Honda rider said. “We got pretty close to where we want to be and then just popped in a new tyre near the end of the session. I've got to say thanks to Ben Spies who saw that I was on a quick lap and made a big effort to keep out of the way!
“The next lap was going to be quicker, I think, but I came across a slower rider going into Ascari. I had to scrub some speed off pretty quickly and ended up running over the gravel. We've still got a bit of work to do but I rode in a good group in the middle of the session there and the pace was OK.
“I think we'll want to change a couple of things with the chassis but we're in a good place.”