Yamaha Sterilgarda endured differing fortunes in Superpole for the latest round of the World Superbike Championship at Miller Motorsports Park after Cal Crutchlow got onto the front row, but James Toseland struggled down in 14th.

Crutchlow, a three-time pole sitter already this year, continued his impressive Superpole record in the United States as he breezed into the shootout, where he proceeded to cement third position on the grid.

Praising Carlos Checa for his lap record-breaking pace, Crutchlow was otherwise pleased to secure a sixth front row starting position of the season.

"Today hasn't been too bad, the pace is so fast out there for everybody," he said. "Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi have been fast all weekend, all credit to Carlos what a fantastic Superpole lap, not even I could get near it and I've been pretty good in Superpole this year!

"I'm looking forward to the races tomorrow, I think we've got a good chance of being top five and we've got good race pace."

Toseland, however, was caught out by a set-up that struggled over the bumps, the Briton stating that he'll need to 'just get stuck in' come the races.

"We went out on the standard bike set up at the beginning of the weekend at a slower pace learning the track, going from 1'51 second laps then down into the 1'50's. We then switched to a new set up which seemed to work at those speeds, but as we got down into the 1'48's it made it a lot harsher over the bumps on the track, unfortunately it was too late to change this before Superpole.

"So we'll go back to a set up we know works well, it's just a shame as it's cost us a good grid position. Hopefully tomorrow morning we'll be able to get back down to some good lap times and get more comfortable again. In the race I'm going to need a good start and then I'm just going to get stuck in."

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