Eugene Laverty believes he is in the hunt for victory at Istanbul Park from fourth on the grid, but says much will depend on the longevity of the tyres around the Turkish circuit.

The Irishman looked set for a pole position challenge after becoming the first rider to break the 1min 55secs barrier during the second phase of Superpole, but a slower lap during the decisive top nine shootout would consign him to the second row in fourth.

Nonetheless, Laverty is pleased with his pace, even if he feels there are still unknowns concerning the tyre performance due to a relative lack of track time brought on by poor weather.

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"I put in the best time in SP2 but I wasn't able to repeat the performance in the last session. In any case, fourth place is nothing to look down on and tomorrow looks like it will be a battle between four riders where we'll all be able to make a play for it.

"Race one should be especially interesting because none of us were really able to lap a lot today on race tyres since the track was wet, so that will make things even more uncertain."