Eugene Laverty's love affair with Assen is well placed to continue into World Superbikes after he claimed a fine third on the grid for the third round.
Laverty, who won the World Supersport race at Assen in 2009 and 2010, propelled himself up the order during Superpole with a series of impressive single lap times, not least in SP3 when he proved just three tenths off the top spot on a race tyre.
However, despite the impressive result, Laverty admits there is still work to be done if he is to cure the Yamaha's stability problems that have plagued him throughout the weekend.
That was certainly an eventful Superpole today. We used our qualifying tyre early on in the session and then had to use a softer race tyre in the final round. I surprised myself with the lap time I achieved. I knew I could make it into the front row but it was a tough battle.
“We have to concentrate on making the bike more stable for tomorrow's race in order to be able to put in consistently fast laps throughout the race. I'm aiming for a podium but a win would also be very nice indeed.”