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Chaz Davies continued to stamp his authority on proceedings for the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship at the Nurburgring, storming to the fastest time of the weekend thus far in Q2.
Having held a minor advantage over Tom Sykes overnight, Davies was initially bumped down the order as Sykes, Marco Melandri and Sylvain Guintoli all posted improvements in Q2 before his final effort of 1min 54.223secs catapulted him back to the top.
Putting him a clear four tenths up on the competition, Davies heads into Superpole later today as the evident favourite for what would be his first WSBK pole position around the circuit he celebrated his maiden WSBK win twelve months ago.
On the other end of the four tenth gap, Guintoli was second fastest, marginally ahead of Loris Baz, Davide Giugliano and Jonathan Rea, the trio all producing late gains to slot into third, fourth and fifth respectively.
Having held down the top spot for much of the session, Sykes slipped to sixth place at the chequered flag, ahead of Melandri and Eugene Laverty, while Leon Camier also found himself shuffled down the order having been top three at one stage.
Despite ending his session off the track at the NGK chicane, Ayrton Badovini gave some cheer to the Alstare Ducati team by comfortably making it through to Superpole in tenth place. That same, however, couldn't be for team-mate Carlos Checa who, having missed the entire Q1 session due to a crash, couldn't recover enough time in Q2 to reach Superpole. He will start 18th.
As such, the remaining Superpole contenders will be Michel Fabrizio, Leon Haslam, Jules Cluzel, Max Neukirchner and Matej Smrz, the Czech IDM Superbike contender getting the better of fellow wild-card Markus Reiterberger to progress to this afternoon's grid-deciding session.
Unable to get out of the drop zone, Mark Aitchison will start 16th, Reiterberger in 17th, Checa in 18th, Federico Sandi in 19th and Vittorio Iannuzzo in 20th.