Yamaha Sterilgarda pair Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland are hopeful they can deliver good performances around the team's home circuit of Monza after qualifying a respective second and seventh.

Crutchlow would miss what would have been a third pole position of the season by less than a tenth from Max Biaggi, the Briton disappointed the soft tyres didn't give up the grip he was expecting.

Looking ahead to the races, Crutchlow is using team-mate Toseland's two podium finishes at Assen as an indicator as to what he can hope to achieve come Sunday.

"It was a shame to miss out on pole by less than a tenth of a second but all credit to Max for a good lap. We seemed to do a very good lap in Superpole two on a seven lap old race tyre with a 42.2, then put two qualifiers in during the last session and I didn't feel like I had the same level of grip from them.

"It's going to be tough racing tomorrow, I'm looking forward to it and I think it'll be close. Being part of an Italian team and having our workshop literally a stone's throw from the Lesmo corner it's been good to deliver good results so far this weekend. They've put in a good effort, James has ridden to two fantastic podiums recently at Assen."

Toseland, meanwhile, will start from his best grid position of the season in seventh, but was frustrated to miss the front row after making a mistake on his best lap.

"We used both our qualifiers in the second Superpole heat and unfortunately didn't have one for the last session, however I would have done a mid 42 but I made a mistake at Lesmo on my first lap, and being a race tyre I really needed to get it in on that lap so I lost a few tenths there. That would have put me on the front row, and to say you can get there on a race tyre is encouraging.

"We had a problem with an engine this morning in qualifying and a different gearbox in the other bike which meant we couldn't run with the best gearing in Superpole. If it can stay dry tonight then we can try a few things in tomorrow's warm up and I'm quietly confident we can do well in the races."


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