Jonathan Rea is looking forward to fighting for victory in the two World Superbike races at the Nurburgring after just missing out on a maiden pole position for Ten Kate Honda.
The Northern Irishman has not slipped outside the top four in any session this weekend and he continued that form into Superpole as he scythed his way through to the shootout without any difficulty.
The first rider to set a time during the deciding phase, Rea's effort of 1min 55.749secs proved to the be the fastest of the weekend thus far and enough to keep him on top as his rivals completed their first wave of laps.
However, it was a determined last gasp lunge by Noriyuki Haga that would ultimately prevent Rea from securing that first pole position for himself, leaving him to settle for what remains a career equal best second.
“I put a pretty good lap in at the start of the last Superpole session and thought it would be enough. But all credit to Nori – it was a really good lap on a not exactly 100% qualifying tyre. But my package was working really well and I'm glad the guys didn't go to sleep during the summer break.
“We've come here with some really good development parts for the bike and I can't thank the boys enough for digging deep. I really love this circuit but didn't ride so well in the Supersport race here last year but this is a new year and I think our race package is pretty good. I can sleep solidly tonight and really look forward to tomorrow.”
Team-mates Carlos Checa and Ryuichi Kiyonari endured mixed fortunes, meanwhile, the former qualifying a solid eighth, while the latter failed to progress past Q1 for the third race in succession.
“We changed a little bit for the last run and I thought I would be able to do a low 56 or even a high 55, but it did not come,” Checa said. “I am pretty happy with the race tyre, though and the package is feeling good, even though I am still struggling a little in the first sector.
“I wasn't feeling so good today – a headache and maybe a little temperature. So we'll hope for more tomorrow, both from me and the bike.”