Leon Camier will start ahead of Max Biaggi for only the second time in his World Superbike career after claiming a fine third place on the grid at Silverstone.
Though Camier has struggled to turn practice pace into a strong qualifying performance at times this season, the Aprilia Alitalia rider was on form throughout Superpole as he cruised into SP3, unlike Biaggi, who starts in 11th.
Though he would fall three tenths short of pole position, it is the closest Camier has gotten to the top spot since making his WSBK debut towards the end of the 2008 season.
Even so, while Camier – who finished on the podium from 16th on the grid at Silverstone last year – was thrilled with his effort, he remains aware that he needs to turn it into strong race results now.
“It's absolutely fantastic,” he said. “I've always struggled in Superpole but today I am finally reaping the fruit of a lot of work. I have no illusions, I know that Carlos Checa has an extremely quick race pace and that a lot of riders are really close.
“What counts in a race is consistency and that is precisely why we still need to do some work to find just a bit more of it. At the moment I still don't have the solution, but I'll be speaking with my team and we'll try to improve the bike. In the meantime, I'll enjoy this nice result in front of my home fans.”
Camier has only previously out-qualified Biaggi once before, on the last occasion the Italian started outside the top ten for a WSBK race, at Assen in 2010.