Jordi Torres sprung to the top of the leaderboard ahead of Superpole for the tenth round of the 2015 World Superbike Championship as Aprilia locked out the top three positions.

On a circuit dominated by the Italian manufacturer last season, Aprilia rose to the fore again as Torres, Leon Haslam and guesting wild-card Max Biaggi held formation at the front, the Red Devils Roma-prepared bikes proving the class of the field.

Indeed, Torres' 2m 04.346s lap would prove half a second quicker than the next non-Aprilia rider, while Biaggi's third place was achieved on the strength of his pace in FP1.

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Behind the trio of RSV4s, Randy de Puniet was a surprise fourth quickest, the former MotoGP rider showing impressive pace on the Suzuki GSX-R1000 in a year that has seen him make it into SP2 automatically just once previously.

Similarly, Sylvain Guintoli was a competitive fifth best on the PATA Honda, ahead of better fancied rivals, including Chaz Davies - who didn't improve on his FP1 effort in sixth -, while Ayrton Badovini flew the BMW flag in seventh despite a tumble.

Eight tenths off the lead, Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes found themselves uncharacteristically down the order in eighth and ninth, while Niccolo Canepa secured the last of the SP2 positions with the tenth best time

Outside the top ten, and therefore entered into SP1, include Michael van der Mark in 12th and Alex Lowes in 14th place, the latter rider crashing twice during the session to prevent him from making it into the top ten.