Cal Crutchlow once again stamped his authority on World Supersport proceedings during qualifying at the Nurburgring as he marched to pole position by more than a second.
The British rider was not headed once throughout the 45-minute session, posting an early benchmark of 1min 58.675secs to initially hold an advantage over the competition of almost two seconds.
Although his rivals gradually chipped the margin down to 0.6secs, there was never any doubt that they were fighting for anything other than second position, Crutchlow cementing the fact by producing a late lap of 1min 57.866secs.
It was enough to put him 1.4secs ahead of second place Kenan Sofuoglu, who prevailed in a battle with Honda counterpart Eugene Laverty, the Irishman nonetheless putting in his best performance of the weekend to secure third position on the grid.
Alongside them, an impressive last minute lap by Garry McCoy saw him secure a front row starting position for the improving BE1 Triumph team, while Michele Pirro also enjoyed one of his better qualifying sessions of the season in fifth to out-qualify the factory machine of Fabien Foret. The Brno winner starts 11th.
Unusually, it was Katsuaki Fujiwara who led Kawasaki's charge in sixth, one position ahead of team-mate Joan Lascorz, the Spaniard having been unable to improve his time between practice and qualification.
Gianluca Nannelli will start eighth on the second Triumph, with Massimo Roccoli and Andrew Pitt kicking off the third row in ninth and tenth.
Other notable performances included Michael Laverty, who secured his best starting position for the Echo CRS Honda team in 12th, although there was disappointment for Mark Aitchison – a front runner in practice – after he could only manage 14th following a fall, while Brno star Anthony West sits one position behind in 15th.