Joan Lascorz has delivered Kawasaki a rare pole position ahead of the seventh World Supersport round of the season at Miller Motorsports Park.
Although the Spaniard has threatened to do so throughout the season thus far, Lascorz's effort makes him only the third different rider to score a pole position this season, ending a run of five for championship leader Cal Crutchlow.
Lascorz was in charge from the start, commanding a gap of around half a second for the majority of the session until title chaser Eugene Laverty brought the gap down to a more reasonable tenth in the latter stages.
Almost as unusual as a Kawasaki on pole position, there are four different manufacturers represented on the front row, with Laverty getting Honda up to second, Crutchlow placing his Yamaha third and Gianluca Nannelli going an excellent fourth for Triumph.
A big improvement for the BE1 Racing team, Garry McCoy in seventh is further testament to the improvements being made with the Triumph 675.
Massimo Roccoli was an impressive fifth on the Intermoto Czech Honda, ahead of factory rider Kenan Sofuoglu, the Turk a disappointing sixth. It was a bad day all round for the Ten Kate Honda team after Andrew Pitt crashed heavily in the early stages and failed to set a time.
Usual front runners Fabien Foret, Mark Aitchison and Katsuaki Fujiwara completed the top ten positions.
Meanwhile, further down the field, Melissa Paris continued to make progress on her World Supersport debut, moving up to 27th position to be well inside the necessary qualification time. Fellow female rider Marie Josee Boucher, however, did not qualify.