Jakub Smrz came to within less than a tenth of celebrating his second career World Superbike pole position at Miller Motorsports Park after showing impressive pace in the wet.
The Czech rider was on fine form throughout the three qualifying phases as he improved his lap times with the track conditions, but his final effort of 1min 58.390secs would prove just shy of Carlos Checa's pole-winning time.
Though disappointed not to be able to add to his one and only pole position from Misano 2009, Effenbert-Liberty's Smrz praised Ducati counterpart Checa for being just that little bit faster.
“This time I really thought I'd made it to win the Superpole, but Checa was great to get past in the very last second, congratulations to him but also to all the members of my team that have provided me a really perfect bike for today's climatic conditions.
“I am satisfied and very happy , confident for the race. We'll see what the weather will be , but in any case it is very important to start from the front.”