Noriyuki Haga is tentatively targeting the top step of the podium at Imola after a strong showing during Superpole placed him third on the grid.

Just three weeks after he was denied a first win aboard the PATA Aprilia at the Nurburgring by a fall moments before the race was stopped, Haga has nonetheless carried his strong recent form to Imola by challenging towards the front of the field.

This was particularly apparent in qualifying, Haga setting the second best time in SP1 before breaking the lap record to top SP2. From here, Haga was able to secure third on the grid in the deciding shootout session, his best qualifying performance to date aboard the RSV-4.

"It's been a day of working on the setting. It's not an easy track and it's vital to be prepared for the races. I'm really happy about the third session of this Superpole because that tyre gave us great feedback.

"I'm confident about tomorrow and, even though I know it won't be easy, I'll do my best to hit the top step up on the podium."