Crutchlow cruises to fourth pole

The Yamaha rider will head a front row of Max Biaggi, Jonathan Rea and Ruben Xaus
Cal Crutchlow will get a fourth shot at winning his first World Superbike race from pole position after dominating qualifying proceedings at Brno.

The Yamaha rider was comfortably fastest in both knockout phases prior to the shootout – as well as the free practice session immediately preceding Superpole – before pumping in a lap of 1min 58.018secs to crush his rivals and put him three tenths under Troy Bayliss's previous record.

It also put him seven tenths clear of second place Max Biaggi, who had no answer to the Briton around one of his favourite circuits, but will nonetheless start well clear of key title rival Leon Haslam after the Briton continued his struggle for form around Brno on the Suzuki.

Indeed, Haslam not only failed to reach SP3 for the first time this season, but he will have it all to do from 14th position on the grid as his hopes of clawing back ground on the Aprilia rider appear to wane.

Joining Crutchlow and Biaggi on the front row will be Jonathan Rea, who experienced a significant turn around on the Ten Kate Honda as he found the speed he needed to go third – the highest the Northern Irishman has been since finishing on the podium at Kyalami in May.

In the absence of team-mate Troy Corser, Ruben Xaus held the BMW flag aloft in fourth place, the Spaniard securing his first front row start from the German manufacturer in the process.

One of a few surprise faces to reach the shootout, Sylvain Guintoli compounded Haslam's day by lifting his Suzuki into a surprise fifth place, while Luca Scassa produced a mighty effort to qualify as the top Ducati, ahead of Michel Fabrizio and Carlos Checa.

Elsewhere, Haslam wasn't the only high profile rider to miss out on a spot in the shootout as he was joined on the SP2 casualty list by Noriyuki Haga.

The Friday pace setter has been comfortably inside the top ten all weekend, but having crashed in SP1, a further fall for the Japanese in the latter stages of SP2 would leave him 15th – as well as prevent any of his rivals from improving with their final laps too.

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