Noriyuki Haga will start on the front two rows of a World Superbike Championship race for the first time this season at Miller Motorsports Park after finally cracking the Superpole shootout.
Haga's dismal record in qualifying has been a substantial contributor to his disappointing form as a whole this season, but while he admitted pre-event to not enjoying the best of times around the Utah circuit, a change in set-up allowed him to sneak into the top eight.
Out-qualifying Ducati Xerox team-mate Michel Fabrizio in the process, Haga was pleased to finally make some Superpole progress.
“I am of course very happy to have qualified on the second row for tomorrow's races. It seems we have found a solution to one of the problems I was having, I have a better level of feeling and I have been able to turn the bike as I want to.
“We'll make a few more small changes to see if we can further improve there but I'm feeling quite confident, let's cross our fingers that conditions allow us to make two great races.”
Fabrizio, however, was disappointed to miss out having been a pace setter through free practice, the Italian forced to settle for tenth.
“I'm disappointed as I hoped to qualify on the front rows and it won't be at all easy to start from the third. I was losing valuable time in the final split and didn't manage to put together that extra fast lap that was needed.
“However we've found good race pace over these two days and, if I can make a good start, I'm confident I can make two good races; I really like this track and would like to do well here.”