Eugene Laverty is eyeing a first World Superbike podium result at Monza after securing a career-best second place grid position in Superpole.
The Irishman was once again on fine form over a single lap as he secured his second front row start in succession, six tenths down on pole position, but a comfortable margin up on third place man Jonathan Rea.
Having failed to get on the podium from a similar position at Assen, Laverty is determined to make amends at Monza instead.
“It's been a great weekend so far,” the Yamaha rider said. “The team's workshop is literally just down the road so it really means a lot to me to do well here in Monza. Hopefully we can have two good races tomorrow. I'll definitely be fighting for the podium!
“I've been waiting for it for quite a while, so I'm planning on finally achieving that tomorrow. The R1 has always been strong here in Monza so I'm really looking forward the race. ”
A good day for Yamaha, Laverty's team-mate Marco Melandri will be starting just behind him in fifth position ahead of what will be his first race at Monza in 15 years.
“It was a relatively good day but we're still having difficulty finding the right set-up. We seem to have a good rhythm for the race and that's good but on a qualifying tyre the bike was a little agitated, so I struggled exiting the fast corner. We still have time to improve and I'm confident that we are making progress. Tomorrow is another day, so let's see what happens.”