Jonathan Rea clinched the final place on the front row for Sunday's World Superbike double-header at Portimao, then cited the exploits of the Honda TT Legends team at the Isle of Man as inspiration for the result.
Rea carried the kind of form that saw him top both Friday and Saturday's qualifying sessions into Superpole, finishing four tenths of a second back from pole-man Tom Sykes' record time.
In the Superpole press conference Rea revealed he had reverted to a more familiar for his Pata Honda.
“We made a bad setting move in free practice and we went backwards. We went back to what we know in Superpole and it worked out pretty good,” said Rea.
“I'm pretty nervous but excited for the race. I think we've got good pace. We can see that the guys here on the [Superpole] podium have improved so I just hope we can make it exciting for everybody at home.
“We've definitely made good steps with the bike. Unlike Donington we had a full Friday to work with the bike.
“But I've really taken some inspiration from my Honda brothers over there in the TT Legends team. To see John McGuinness winning his 20th race in the Senior TT has given me inspiration to pull my socks up within the Honda family or I'm going to get kicked out!”
Afterwards, speaking to Crash.net
, Rea added that he expects his main competition to come in the form of Sykes and Laverty, who will be starting alongside him.
“Yeah I think that's the group. I have to do a little bit of work in sector one but the rest I'm pretty competitive with them guys so I think I can learn a little from them.
“It's a little bit of an unknown how the bike will react after the tyre drops. Hopefully my guys have done enough homework from Donington so that it doesn't limit me so much at the end of the race.
“Yesterday was frustrating because I had more sensor problems and then with shifting gears. It seemed like my pace was good but we couldn't get a rhythm and I didn't complete so many laps.
“We were making up for lost time this morning and then this afternoon we lost our way with set up but in Superpole it all became alright.”
By Neil Morrison