Michael van der Mark earned himself a second row start for his World Superbike race debut at Phillip Island during a shortened Superpole session in Australia.

An incident involving David Salom, who escaped serious injury, brought out the red flags with around five minutes remaining but reigning World Supersport champion Van der Mark had clocked a lap in 1m 31.613s on a race tyre to qualify fourth overall, 0.4s behind pole man Jonathan Rea.

The 22-year-old Pata Honda rider, who headed the times in FP4, said: "This morning was really good and we improved the lap time as well as making a really good run. I was also happy with FP4, not just because I was fastest, but because of the bike and the tyres.

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"I was really looking forward to qualifying but I got to the first corner and the red flags came out. I really wanted to finish the lap but fourth place for my debut is not too bad.

"Of course, you want it to come in a different way, but I think we are ready for tomorrow."