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Tom Sykes continues to hold sway at the top of the World Superbike Championship timesheets after Q2, but a failure to improve on his Friday best would allow Leon Camier to lower the margin between them to less than three hundredths.
Having gapped the opposition by a vast eight tenths during Q1, Sykes's lap of 2mins 05.355secs would prove a difficult benchmark for his rivals – and the man himself - to match.
Indeed, Sykes wouldn't improve on that time, ending the session itself with the sixth fastest lap of the morning ahead of this afternoon's Superpole.
Instead, Fixi Crescent Suzuki's Camier would consolidate his status as a front row contender by pumping in a lap of 2mins 05.382secs right at the end, setting the fastest time of the session and proving less than three hundredths off the Kawasaki rider on the combined sheets.
Though still suffering from the effects of his injured shoulder, Sylvain Guintoli was a fine third fastest, heading up Aprilia counterparts Eugene Laverty and Davide Giugliano, while Jonathan Rea remained well in contention in sixth.
French pairing Loris Baz and Jules Cluzel followed in seventh and eighth, while Carlos Checa
enjoyed a much improved morning on the Alstare Ducati by lifting from 14th to ninth. Chaz Davies rounded out the top ten on the best of the BMWs, ahead of an unhappy Marco Melandri, the Italian suffering his second off-track moment of the weekend.
Michel Fabrizio, Ayrton Badovini and Max Neukirchner filled the top fifteen, leaving Mark Aitchison, Federico Sandi and Vittorio Iannuzzo confirmed as 16th, 17th and 18th on the grid.