Kenan Sofuoglu will start the 2010 World Supersport title decider from pole position at Magny-Cours after dominating proceedings during second qualifying.
The Turk quickly surpassed Katsuaki Fujiwara's provisional pole sitting effort during the Q2 session, Sofuoglu getting his best time down to 1min 41.372secs to command a comfortable advantage over title rival Eugene Laverty.
The Irishman, who is on the wrong end of a 16 point deficit heading into the race, starts alongside after sneaking ahead of Fujiwara, though he remained half a second slower than his nemesis.
Twelve months on from recording a popular win with Joan Lascorz, Kawasaki enjoyed a strong qualifying session as they locked out positions three to five in the order of Katsuaki Fujiwara, Fabien Foret and Broc Parkes, the former two riders having set their best times in Q1.
David Salom was another call on his Q1 time as he qualified a strong sixth, ahead of Imola winner Michele Pirro, Massimo Roccoli and Gino Rea, the British rider suffering a fall but sneaking into the top ten nonetheless. Mark Aitchison will start in tenth.
Chaz Davies, who will be confirmed as finishing fourth in his first full season as a World Supersport rider this weekend, will start in 12th.