Fabrizio comfortably fastest again

Michel Fabrizio cemented his status as favourite for pole position when Superpole gets underway later today by continuing to dominate World Superbike proceedings at Monza.

The Italian has been comfortably quickest throughout each session over the course of the weekend and was again on top form in final qualification to, at one stage, be some six tenths quicker than his closest competition.

Continually lowering his best laps over the 45 minute session, three tenths would eventually separate Fabrizio and Suzuki's Max Neukirchner, although the Italian was the only rider to slip beneath 1min 45secs.

Neukirchner proved Fabrizio's closest competitor throughout the session, jumping up to second within the first ten minutes before making gradual improvements himself.

Jonathan Rea was another to impress, the Northern Irishman building on his fourth place from Q1 to go one better in Q2, ahead of Noriyuki Haga, while Max Biaggi put in a fine effort to beat Ben Spies in fifth.

After his second place result in Q1, Tom Sykes slipped to seventh, just ahead of fellow British rider Leon Haslam, the Stiggy Honda rider edging into the top ten with his final effort.

Japanese pair Yukio Kagayama and Ryuichi Kiyonari maintained their consistent top ten presence in ninth and tenth, ahead of Regis Laconi, the Frenchman having been on the cusp of missing Superpole at one stage before a late effort put him safe.

Elsewhere, surprise top twenty omissions were kept to a minimum, although Tommy Hill and Brendan Roberts, who have both featured in Superpole more than once this season found themselves out of contention in 21st and 22nd.

World Superbike debutant Jake Zemke also missed out, the American failing to improve on his best time from Q1 to qualify an eventual 25th.

Nonetheless, Kawasaki will be pleased to see Broc Parkes, who is still reeling from his injuries, progress comfortably in 16th, while Pedercini's Luca Scassa will make his maiden Superpole appearance too after sneaking the 19th best time.

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