Jonathan Rea shrugged off a switch to his spare bike ahead of Superpole to qualify sixth for the fifth round of the World Superbike Championship at Monza, Italy.

The Northern Irishman headed into Superpole having qualified on a provisional front row, but while he was able to reach the top eight shootout comfortably, he had to be content with second row in the end.

While it wasn't quite the result he had been hoping for, Rea was nonetheless pleased with his best starting position since the Australian season opener.

"We were definitely aiming for a front row start because that's where we've been for most of the weekend, so I'm a little disappointed to have missed out on that. But the race pace we've shown is pretty good and top six is not really too bad.

"I had to do it all on my spare bike when the number one machine developed a problem right at the start of free practice, just before Superpole, so the guys didn't get a chance to fix it.

"Of course a good start is paramount here, but I think we can get a plan together tonight and, if that plan works, there's no reason why I can't be right up there tomorrow. I'll try to be aggressive for the first couple of laps to make sure that the fast guys don't get away. After that, we'll see what happens."