Cal Crutchlow and James Toseland will start at different ends of the World Superbike grid for the latest round of the championship after qualifying a respective fourth and 13th at Misano.
Crutchlow continued his strong form over a single-lap to launch himself into pole-winning contention during Superpole, the reigning World Supersport topping both knockout phases prior to the shootout.
Although he couldn't quite translate that into an overall pole position, Crutchlow is happy to be starting with clear air in front of him.
"It was disappointing not to get pole but to be honest I think we were going as fast as we could. It was a good enough Superpole session and I'm pleased to be on the front row, keeping my tally of front rows going. It's going to be a close battle tomorrow, we're still deciding on race tyres, but I think most people are. We've made some improvements from yesterday and I'm feeling confident we can be up there and fighting for the win."
Toseland, meanwhile, says he was caught out by focusing on race set-up throughout practice, the former champion unable to find the extra speed he needed over a single lap to progress higher than the fourth row.
"It's been a tough Superpole session as far as position is concerned and also for the earlier qualifying. I've been really concentrating on a good race pace and race set up and that's definitely not a problem. Unfortunately when we tried to go 0.3 or 0.4 of a second faster we struggled.
“It's so close but it means the difference between front row and fourth row and I just missed out. I know the pace is there for the race we just need to work hard now to make sure we've got a good setting to get past people and get up to the front."