Leon Haslam is feeling confident of his prospects at Phillip Island after the Red Devils Aprilia rider qualified on the front row in third place.

Haslam posted his time on a race tyre after the session was halted prematurely following a crash involving David Salom.

The British rider's time of 1m 31.507s was only 0.295s off the pole time set by Jonathan Rea on the Kawasaki and Haslam is upbeat on his chances of starting the season on a positive note on Sunday.

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"Superpole is all about getting used to the flying lap quickly. All the work on the race tyre doesn't count for much, so using one to take the third best time is a good sign," he said.

"I'm sorry about David's bad accident. Fortunately I heard that he is conscious and moving. For the race we have made some progress, especially improving in the third sector.

"I'm sure the high temperatures will force us to change a lot in terms of set-up, but my team has been working very well and I'm confident," Haslam added.

"The conditions will be the same for everyone in any case, and I'm pleased with my race pace. Tomorrow should be fun."