Jakub Smrz is determined to prove he is capable of converting his single-lap pace over a race distance after claiming a magnificent maiden World Superbike pole position at Misano for both himself and the Guandalini Ducati team.
Smrz became the first rider this season to prevent Ben Spies from extending his record-breaking run of consecutive pole positions after a mighty effort around the Adriatic circuit put him a comfortable two tenths up on Jonathan Rea.
Well regarded for his prowess over a single lap, although this marks a maiden pole position for the Czech rider, this is nonetheless his fourth front row start in eight races.
Currently tenth in the overall standings, although Smrz's Sunday success has been limited to a sole podium at Assen, he insists this pole position can lead to something similar come race day.
“I am really pleased with my first-ever Superpole, it's a great feeling to be there,” he said. “But not just my Superpole time was good, I also have a good race pace as well, and I hope to be able to fight against the other guys up at the front and get a podium in the races.
“Last year I went well at Misano, but I hope for a better result this time around.”