As such, Jonathan Rea will start in fourth place, ahead of ahead of Leon Haslam on the second Suzuki, while Haga and Tom Sykes make up sixth and seventh. It was a particularly impressive performance from Sykes after he stormed into SP3 having set the third quickest time in SP2.
With the likes of Toseland, Guintoli and Sykes pulling it out for Superpole, there were a number of disappointed parties come the end of the session, not least locals BMW, who endured a torrid session having threatened a pole position challenge in practice.
Indeed, having set a new lap record – and crashing - during the preceding practice session, Troy Corser
would go on to fall again in Superpole – twice.
Falling at turn one in SP1, although Corser remounted in time to make it into SP2, another tumble at turn two would conspire to leave him in 14th position. Ruben Xaus
fared little better as he also crashed during SP2, though he starts ahead in 11th.
Elsewhere, Michel Fabrizio
heads row three in ninth place, ahead of five-time pole position winner Cal Crutchlow, the Yamaha rider enduring an unusually tough Saturday after getting edged out of contention.
Fellow Briton Shane Byrne fared even worse after a fall early on during SP1 left him with barely enough time for a single last gasp lap. While he did make it out on track again, it wasn't enough to get him beyond 17th position.