Kenan Sofuoglu has taken pole position for the fifth round of the 2010 World Supersport Championship at Monza as he bids to become the first rider to win a race from the top spot this season.
The second consecutive pole position for the Turk, Sofuoglu saw off the threat from Eugene Laverty, who had been the quickest rider in the dry leading up to the deciding session.
The pair swapped positions at the top of the timesheets persistently before Sofuoglu's best of 1min 47.848secs proved enough to edge his Honda counterpart out by just over a tenth of a second.
With championship leader Joan Lascorz going third quickest, the three title contenders will start from the sharp end of the field, the trio being joined on the front row by the second Ten Kate Honda of Michele Pirro.
Fabien Foret once again got the better of factory Kawasaki counterpart Katsuaki Fujiwara in fifth position, the pair being separated by the top Triumph of David Salom, the Spaniard slipping to sixth having held second overnight.
Gino Rea's progress continued on as he secured a spot on row two for the first time, ahead of countryman Chaz Davies and team-mate Massimo Roccoli.
Just outside the top ten, Mattheiu Lagrive starts ahead of returnee Gianluca Vizziello, Miguel Praia and Andrea Boscoscuro, who replaces Paola Cazzola on the Kuja Honda this weekend.