While pleased with his front row grid slot, Eugene Laverty believes he could have mounted a challenge for World Supersport pole position at Monza had he not been held up on his best lap.

The winner last time out at Assen, Laverty has scaled the timesheets throughout the weekend following a slow start in provisional qualifying, but managed to find two seconds between that and final qualification to go fourth.

However, Laverty reveals he was held up on the lap that would eventually see him snare fourth on the grid, suggesting he could have gotten closer to pole sitter Cal Crutchlow.

"Getting on the front row was the plan and we did it," he said. "Taking two-seconds off my lap times is a bit of a jump and a decent margin to gain from yesterday. On my fast lap I got a good slipstream down the back straight but whatever advantage I gained there was paid back in the Parabolica when I was held up.

"If I hadn't been held up I would have been challenging for pole, it was worth a good two or three tenths of a second. I am comfortable with my Parkalgar Honda after the changes we made overnight.

"I think it is going to be one of 'those races' and there will be a bunch of riders going for the win. I hope that the front group is only about four strong and I am in it."