Troy Corser will head into Superpole as the favourite to secure BMW's first-ever World Superbike pole position after cruising to the fastest time in Q2.
Having been pipped to the quickest lap at the end of Q1, Corser wasted no time in asserting his authority at the start of Q2 by immediately slashing half a second off the previous best with a 1min 35.791secs.
Despite then falling from his bike just seconds later, it was a lap that would stand right to the chequered flag, the margin being broken down steadily by his rivals but still ending with the Australian staying ahead by just over a tenth.
Shane Byrne ended up his closest challenger on the Althea Ducati, the Briton looking for some of the form that took him to his first podium of the 2009 season last year.
Another strong session for Ducati, Luca Scassa was a fine third quickest on his Supersonic machine, ahead of the factory bike belonging to Michel Fabrizio. Lorenzo Lanzi was also in good form in sixth on the DFX 1198, as was Jakub Smrz in seventh and Carlos Checa in ninth.
Of the title contenders, Max Biaggi was quicker than Leon Haslam in sixth, the Suzuki rider slipping from a provisional third to tenth, just behind the second BMW of Ruben Xaus.
Further back, Q1 pace setter Cal Crutchlow didn't improve his time as he dropped to 11th, while Noriyuki Haga was the only Ducati rider to miss the top ten in 12th.
Honda's Misano weekend continued to go from bad to worse with Max Neukirchner getting the better of Jonathan Rea, but only in 17th and 18th position, the Ten Kate team battling chatter issues on the CBR1000RR.
Kawasaki fared little better, because while Tom Sykes comfortably qualified for Superpole in 16th, Chris Vermeulen will be forced to start from 21st, the Australian being dumped out of contention by late efforts from Roger Lee Hayden and Broc Parkes.