Jonathan Rea was not too disappointed to miss out on pole position at Imola, insisting his ever improving Ten Kate Honda package should see him contending for race wins.
Fresh from his second win of the season at the Nurburgring, Rea will start third on the grid at Imola behind Michel Fabrizio and Ben Spies following a strong last gasp effort in Superpole.
Less than a tenth off pole position, although a fading tyre prevented him from turning a strong start to his flying lap into a maiden pole position, he is confident he can get amongst Ducati and Yamaha once again come race day.
“I didn't really use the qualifier to its best effect in the first couple of laps and I wanted to go out and try again but fell short a little bit. The pace out there was fast today and, when I wanted to have another go, there just wasn't enough tyre left.
“But we've got a good race set-up for tomorrow and the guys have done a marvellous job. We've had so many new things to try and every week the package gets better and better. So, a big thanks to them, well done to Michel and Ben and I'm sure the racing will be pretty good tomorrow.”
Having been a top ten contender through practice and provisional qualifying, Carlos Checa was frustrated that a mistake prevented him from qualifying any higher than 13th.
“I was in top ten, top five in all the practices but on my first pit exit on the qualifying tyre I made a few mistakes. When we put the second qualifier on we had some problems with the electronics cutting the power and I couldn't find that last 0.5s that would have carried us forward.
“We'll try something more in warm-up tomorrow but I need two good starts in the race because that's another story to qualifying. It's not an easy place to pass here, but if we can improve the pace a little, I think we can do something.”