Jonathan Rea was disappointed to miss out on the chance to post a time on a qualifying tyre in Superpole but the Kawasaki rider was thrilled to clinch his maiden pole at Phillip Island.

Rea lapped in 1m 31.212s to head up the front row from Chaz Davies and Leon Haslam but was denied the chance to increase his pace further when the session was stopped short after Pedercini Kawasaki rider David Salom suffered a heavy crash, escaping serious injury.

"It was a strange way to end the session. From my point of view we did a good job with a race tyre in the high temperatures and the Kawasaki is working very well," said Rea. "We made a good set-up breakthrough in free practice four.

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"I am really happy with pole position because it is the best possible result from qualifying. I also wanted the chance to use the qualifying tyre, however, because I know the Kawasaki uses the Q tyres very well too, so the lap time could have been quite good. But this is still the best possible result for me after Superpole."

Rea's time put him 0.026s ahead of Davies as he enters Sunday's two 22-lap races aiming to finish on the rostrum for the first time at the legendary Australian track.