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Davide Giugliano will start the final round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship in Qatar from pole position, while title rivals Tom Sykes and Sylvain Guintoli will get underway from third and fifth respectively.

Having come into Superpole with the fastest lap time of the weekend after topping FP3, Giugliano would prove unstoppable throughout SP2, leading the way with his first effort before going even quicker on his second run aboard the Ducati 1199 Panigale.

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Breaking Ben Spies' lap record from 2009 - which was set during daylight hours -, Giugliano's lap time of 1min 57.033secs would prove more than good enough for his second pole position and his ninth front row start of the 2014 season.

In the context of the WSBK title battle, Sykes will start ahead of Guintoli on the front row as Kawasaki came on strong in Superpole, the defending champion doing enough to qualify in third position aboard the ZX-10R, while his rival gets underway from fifth.

Better still for Kawasaki, Baz will join Sykes on the front row in second position, while Guintoli may have difficulty receiving support from Marco Melandri after the Italian's low-key weekend continued with eighth on the grid having also been forced to progress from SP1.

With Ducati seeking its first win with the 1199 Panigale, Chaz Davies completed its strong day in fourth place, ahead of Guintoli, while Leon Haslam had the rare pleasure of out-qualifying PATA Honda Jonathan Rea team-mate in sixth place.

Indeed, having come into qualifying as a favourite for Superpole, Rea's hopes of mounting a challenge were ended by a fall on his fastest lap, leaving him seventh.

After suffering with more time-sapping electrical issues in FP4, Eugene Laverty recovered to qualify in ninth ahead of Toni Elias, while Alex Lowes' session ended in the gravel trap when he slipped off in the closing stages, in doing so spoiling several laps.

In the EVO reckoning, David Salom's canny decision to follow Melandri in SP1 saw him progress through to SP2. Going on to qualify in 12th place, he is now in position to wrap up to the EVO title this weekend.

Beyond the top four rows, Sylvain Barrier qualified 13th but saw his day end in dramatic fashion with a spectacular high-side from his BMW, one the Frenchman was fortunate to walk away from.

Meanwhile, on its first outing in Superpole, EBR will start from a season-best 19th position with Geoff May after benefiting from Sheridan Morais failing to set a time on his Grillini Kawasaki.


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shamarone: re: "Melandri is a bit off"

he's been called worse.

re: "Aprilia mad at him maybe?"

looking for that #4 plug wire aren't ya Marco...? yeah...?

"good luck". (this message brought to you by Albanian Marko from Tropoja) [\blockquote]

Marko from Tropoja had a bit of an electrical issue too as I recall.