Joan Lascorz has taken his second career World Supersport pole position in style by destroying the lap record around Phillip Island by almost half a second.
The Spaniard had held provisional pole position heading into the deciding qualifying session, but could not retain the spot initially as both Kenan Sofuoglu
and Michele Pirro dipped beneath his previous marker.
Indeed, Sofuoglu's effort of 1min 34.116secs had already sliced two tenths off his own lap record, set last season, suggesting pole position was heading his way.
However, the Kawasaki rider would go on to blitz that time during the final five minutes of the session, Lascorz easing into the 1min 33secs bracket with a best lap of 1min 33.847secs – 0.473secs faster than the previous record.
To put his performance into perspective, Lascorz was two seconds faster than that of the Pedercini Kawasakis in the Superbike category during their Q2 run.
Sofuoglu held onto second after resisting a late challenge by Pirro, the Italian qualifying third on his debut for Ten Kate Honda, just four hundredths his team-mate. A late improvement allowed Eugene Laverty up the order to complete the front row, demoting Katsuaki Fujiwara down to fifth place.
Having struggled to get on terms with its Kawasaki and Honda rivals during testing, Triumph made big gains in the hands of David Salom and Chaz Davies, the pair securing solid row two starts, ahead of Supersport veteran Robbin Harms.
Massimo Roccoli and Fabien Foret completed the top ten, ahead of Miguel Praia and Jason Di Salvo, while Sebastian Charpentier will start his comeback Supersport race from a modest 13th on the grid.
Gino Rea, meanwhile, will start 14th on his debut with the Intermoto Honda team.