Jules Cluzel and Leon Camier are well placed to secure good points for the Fixi Crescent Suzuki team after qualifying seventh and eighth respectively at Monza.
The duo were in strong contention throughout the Superpole session, with Cluzel even managing the second fastest time during SP2 as he cruised into the pole position-deciding SP3 phase.
Though he wasn't able to match that pace when it mattered, Cluzel – a race winner at Monza in the World Supersport class last year – was pleased with the result given his limited dry track time around the circuit on the GSX-R1000.
"I am really happy because this has been the first time I have smiled on the bike this weekend! This morning was really difficult with the conditions, as yesterday was the first time on a Superbike on this really fast circuit, so I had to learn braking points and how to ride round the really fast corners that are here, which is not so easy for a rookie, and this morning we couldn't go any quicker because of the conditions.
“The crew have given me something good this weekend and have worked really hard to get the FIXI Crescent Suzuki set-up for this track, so I want to say a big thanks to them. This was a good thing because it made me smile and I want to do that every time I go out on the bike - this is why we race!
“Tomorrow will be really tough as I'm still not 100% comfortable, but I think we are finding a good direction and maybe we can improve a bit more in both races."
Still recovering from his knee injury, Camier was disappointed not to get the most from his qualifying tyre, but satisfied to be in the upper half of the field nonetheless.
"It's been a frustrating day more than anything, as I never really got the best out of the qualifiers. It felt like a bit of a surprise with how much grip they had and I never quite got the benefit from it.
“This annoyed me more than anything, because in Superpole 3 I used a race tyre and did some fast and consistent laps, but felt like I wanted another go on a qualifier to try and get the best out of it, but it-is-what-it-is and I can't change it now!
“I'll try and get a good start in the races tomorrow, sit in the slip-stream to try and make sure I don't lose the tow from the guys in front and then see what happens as the races progress."