Michael van der Mark reversed his fortunes on Saturday afternoon by qualifying fourth for Sunday's World Superbike double-header at Jerez.

The Dutchman placed a disappointing twelfth in FP3, meaning he had to progress through the afternoon Q1 session.

However, after setting the fastest time in the first 15-minute shootout, van der Mark made good use of the Pirelli qualifying tyres to place on the front of the second row.

"I'm really happy because in the last couple of races we've had really difficult Superpoles and today I finally found the grip on the qualifying tyre, which gave me a completely different sensation. It's probably the first time this season that it's worked well in qualifying. I knew that as soon as I could find some grip I could go really fast and we showed that today.

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"I worked with Jonathan [Rea] at the beginning of Superpole 2 which really helped me a lot to get up to speed and I think we helped each other a bit. Normally we struggle a little when the temperatures go up but we've found a set-up now which works well when the track is warmer. The CBR feels really good, everything is working well and the race pace is quite OK.

"We really needed a good qualifying though because we've had good race pace before but ended up starting from bad positions. The start in tomorrow's races will be very important but it was also important to be near the front of the grid; so I have a good feeling for the races."