Michel Fabrizio overcame a sore arm to score a provisional pole position for the second round in succession at Donington Park, the Italian making the most of a drying circuit in the latter stages of the session.
Coming to Donington Park eager to improve his fortunes around the circuit, Fabrizio was fourth fastest in free practice before going on to record the quickest lap of the day during provisional qualifying.
A clear four tenths faster than his closest rival, Fabrizio was pleased with his performance, particularly given he was still feeling the after-effects from Misano just a week previous.
“It hasn't gone at all badly. In the practice I had a few problems with my right arm, maybe because it hadn't had time to recover from Misano, but it felt a lot better in qualifying. A few minutes before that session the rain came and it's clear that in the wet we're not yet where we should be.
“Thankfully the track dried out very fast and so in the last part of the session I was really able to push and record some fast laps. We know where we need to work if it turns out wet again tomorrow but for now I can say I'm satisfied with what we've accomplished today.”
Ducati Xerox team-mate Noriyuki Haga, meanwhile, was having a tougher time on the second 1198, the championship leader admitting he isn't happy with the set-up of the bike around the faster sections of the track.
“Today wasn't so easy for us. It's the first time I am riding the Ducati 1198 here and I feel I need more track time. We tried some different settings because I'm having trouble through the fast corners, especially in the second split, where it seems that I can't open the gas because the bike's not reacting as it should.
“We know where we need to improve and so I hope it's dry tomorrow to allow us to make the necessary progress.”