Both Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri will start on the front row for the tenth round of the 2011 World Superbike Championship at the Nurburgring, though each are concerned about the prospect of rain for the two races.
Laverty was the top Yamaha rider, the Irishman proving the closest competition for Carlos Checa throughout the day as he secured second position on the grid.
A satisfying result for Laverty, though he thinks beating Checa will be a tough ask, he is aware the weather forecasts could make things more interesting
"I'm very satisfied with today's result. I usually spend the few sessions working on chassis set ups but this weekend I had a good feeling from the beginning and was up there in the time sheets since yesterday, so that's a great start for me and hopefully I can keep it up tomorrow.
“Carlos was that bit stronger today and he'll be the guy to catch in tomorrow's races. It won't be easy but I'll give it my best shot. It's important to be starting on the front row especially considering we don't know what to expect with the weather. As we can see, also with Marco's front row position, the Yamaha is working well once again on this track so I'm confident we can do two good races tomorrow. I'm aiming for two podiums finishes!"
Similarly, Melandri is looking to the skies, the Italian hoping it stays dry for the races having struggled for form during the damp first free practice session earlier in the weekend.
"It wasn't an easy qualifying day but I'm really pleased as I reached my highest objective which was to be on the front row for tomorrow's races. I really hope the weather will be good and it won't rain. That will make a huge difference as we spent today working on a suitable race set up. We haven't decided what tyres to use so we need to work on that in the morning.
“Rain will make things very difficult, the few laps we did on wets yesterday was not easy. It's an enjoyable track but quite difficult, especially the first corner which is particularly demanding."