Monza pace setter Michel Fabrizio was content to qualify on the front row of the grid for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship, even if he admits he was disappointed to miss out on a maiden pole position.

The Italian entered Superpole as a pole position favourite having exerted his dominance over the competition throughout free practice and provisional qualifying, but he would have no answer to a superb record-breaking lap by Ben Spies.

Although Fabrizio got fairly close to the Yamaha rider, the Italian would be forced to settle for second, a result that remains one of his career-best qualification performances.

Indeed, while Fabrizio couldn't hide his disappointment at coming up two tents short, he is satisfied to be starting alongside Spies on the front row.

"It's a pity that I was unable to take the pole because we've been up there in every session until now and making the Superpole was the final step. I hoped to be the fastest but once again Spies made a great lap. Anyway we know that we have the race pace and I hope to be up there fighting together with Spies for the win tomorrow.

"The important thing is to start from the front row; last year I was down on the fourth row and it was so hard to make up the positions to eventually finish fourth and fifth, so being already up front tomorrow obviously gives me a strong advantage this time around."