Noriyuki Haga's hopes of holding onto the World Superbike title lead have been dealt a blow after he could only manage 14th on the grid while Ben Spies continued on through to the shootout.

Suffering from his wrist and shoulder injuries, Haga improved his lap time with his final effort but couldn't make any progress beyond the fourth row.

Other surprise names joining him on the sidelines include Carlos Checa, who starts tenth, and Jakub Smrz, the home favourite crashing in the early stages and being unable to make a last ditch attempt on the spare Guandalini Ducati work for him.

Despite missing the cut for Q3, Lorenzo Lanzi and Makoto Tamada put in their best qualifying performances of the season in ninth and 11th, while Yukio Kagayama, Shinya Nakano and Matthieu Lagrive have also been eliminated.

Meanwhile, there is delight down in the BMW garage after both Troy Corser and Ruben Xaus both reached the shootout for the first time.