World Supersport Championship leader Kenan Sofugolu got his Nurburgring weekend off to a strong start by claiming provisional pole position at the end of an eventful qualifying session.
Sofuoglu was one of five riders to come off their bikes during the session, but the Turk remounted to deny David Salom a surprise top spot with one qualifying session remaining.
Although Sofuoglu's early effort of 1min 59.276secs was never bettered during the 45 minute session, Triumph rider Salom was able to get to within 0.001secs of the Ten Kate Honda man.
The Spaniard would prove the only rider to get close to Sofuoglu, the pair six tenths clear of third place man Gino Rea, the Silverstone podium winner showing his credentials again with another strong performance, even if he did blot his copybook with a fall.
In the absence of lead rider Joan Lascorz, Katsuaki Fujiwara assumed Kawasaki's number one status with aplomb to go fourth best, ahead of Eugene Laverty, the Irishman proving another to tumble as he settled for fifth at the end of day one.
Fabien Foret was sixth best, ahead of the returning Broc Parkes, who put in a solid performance in seventh ahead of his competition debut with Kawasaki this weekend. Michele Pirro, Matthieu Lagrive and Mark Aitchison rounded out the top ten, the latter competing in only his second WSS race this season.
Elsewhere, Chaz Davies and Robbin Harms were fallers as they settled for 11th and 16th, while Roberto Tamburini – who was involved in the horrific accident that landed both he and Lascorz in hospital at Silverstone – made a tentative return in 14th.
Having made his debut at Silverstone, former British Superbike rider Christian Iddon brings the tally of British riders up to three by joining the Cresto Guide Honda team in place of the injured Alexander Lundh.