Cal Crutchlow heads into World Supersport qualification as the clear man to beat after decimating the competition during final free practice at the Nurburgring.

Having led the way in the wet yesterday, the emergence of a dry circuit only served to help Crutchlow stretch away from his rivals, the championship leader ending the session with a best time of 1min 58.004secs.

Only Joan Lascorz was able to join him in breaching the two-minute mark, but even then he remained a significant 1.8secs adrift of his Yamaha rival. Put into context, had this been qualifying, Crutchlow's pace would ensure that Kev Coghlan and Robert Muresan at the bottom of the timesheets would be outside the 107 per cent allowance.

Further back, Kenan Sofuoglu and Eugene Laverty filled third and fourth positions, while Katsuaki Fujiwara was a big improver from yesterday as he rose to fifth on the second Provec Kawasaki.

Crutchlow's team-mate and Brno winner Fabien Foret was sixth quickest, ahead of Yamaha counterpart Michele Pirro, Mark Aitchison, Massimo Roccoli and Garry McCoy on the leading Triumph.

Elsewhere, Michael Laverty continues to show a rapid improvement on the Echo CRS Honda in 12th place, although there was frustration for Anthony West after he crashed ten minutes into the session.


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