Eugene Laverty insists he is not too disappointed to miss out on that elusive maiden World Superbike Championship pole position, maintaining it is more important that he has a fast bike beneath him ahead of the races.

Laverty was a favourite for pole position heading into Superpole, but while he would lay down an impressive gauntlet with a lap of 1min 41.301secs - almost half a second faster than the previous lap record -, he would fall just short of beating Tom Sykes.

Nonetheless, despite notching up his 16th front row start in 30 attempts without claiming a pole position, Laverty believes the Aprilia RSV4s raw speed - which reached 337.1kph in Superpole - will see him at the front in the races.

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"At one point I thought I had done it, but Tom beat me by 78 thousandths of a second. Actually second place on the front row is still an excellent result when you consider our race pace. Tomorrow I hope to be able to take advantage of the full potential of my RSV4.

"The Aprilias are consistently the fastest and that is an important advantage for us. Monza is a special track. Its characteristics adapt perfectly to my bike and the strong points of my riding style."