Yamaha's Cal Crutchlow made it five in a row as he completed another qualifying masterclass at Kyalami, claiming pole position for Sunday's World Supersport round in South Africa,
The Briton, who has been the dominant force in WSS qualifying this season, produced a spectacular last-minute effort to deny HANNspree Ten Kate Honda's Kenan Sofuoglu, after the Turk appeared on course for top spot through much of the session. Crutchlow's 1min 40.634secs effort was a new best for the revised Kyalami layout, and beat off his rival's best effort by more than three tenths of a second.
The current points leader was also the only rider to break through into the 1min 40s during the session, with Sofuoglu - the only rider to deny Crutchlow a pole this year - just missing out with a 1min 41.003secs effort. The Turk, opened the session on top, and returned to provisional P1 on two further occasions, then ran out of time to reply to his rival's final flying assault, which shaved 0.369secs off the previous best.
The pair will be joined on the Kyalami front row by two further Hondas, as Eugene Laverty and Andrew Pitt pushed their Parkalgar and HANNspree entries to top four times, both riders having led the way at some point during the session. Laverty ended the day half a second off the pace, however, with Pitt - whop twice topped the times before Crutchlow got into his stride - a further couple of tenths adrift.
Spain's Joan Lascorz, who topped the morning's practice session aboard his Kawasaki Motocard.com ZX-6R, will head up row two and looks to continue his recent competitive form, while Michele Pirro, Fabien Foret and Mark Aitchison line up alongside.