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Davide Giugliano has retained his place at the top of the timesheets ahead of Superpole for round three of the World Superbike Championship, but both Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies will be forced to fight for their place in the crucial pole-deciding session.

Having blitzed the field during FP2 with a superb lap time of 1min 35.396secs, his overnight best would continue to test his rivals, with Tom Sykes ascending to second position but remaining still more than three tenths adrift of the Italian on the combined timesheets

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Even so, Sykes and team-mate Loris Baz would give Kawasaki a boost before Superpole by rising to second and third respectively, having been quickest in the session itself.

With forecast rain ensuring a busy track throughout, two red flag stoppages due to oil at turn one - dropped by a crashing Peter Sebestyen and catching out Imre Toth and Leon Haslam behind - would delay proceedings. Indeed, with the second stop occurring less than four minutes before the end of the session, a mad dash would ensue to secure a place in the top ten and, with it, a direct route to Superpole 2.

Indeed, though improvements were scarce due to excessive traffic on track, crucially lead EVO rider Niccolo Canepa would progress up the order to seventh late on.

Joining Jonathan Rea, Sylvain Guintoli, Eugene Laverty, Toni Elias, Alex Lowes and Haslam in securing a top ten position, it would otherwise leave Chaz Davies on the factory Ducati and Aprilia's Marco Melandri in the danger zone and forced to participate in Superpole 1, where they will both be looking to secure the two additional spots to make SP2.

Elsewhere, Leon Camier, Ayrton Badovini, David Salom, Claudio Corti, Christian Iddon, Jeremy Guarnoni, Luca Scassa and Sheridan Morais would do just enough to assure themselves of a spot in SP1 as well.

As such, Michel Fabrizio, Fabien Foret, Alessandro Andreozzi, Kervin Bos, Toth, Aaron Yates, Geoff May and Sebestyen are firmed in positions 21 to 28 respectively for the two races.