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Chaz Davies has secured his second pole position of the year with a blistering lap in changeable conditions at the Lausitzring ahead of Kawasaki's Tom Sykes.

The Aruba.it Racing Ducati timed his flying laps to make the most of the improving track conditions after overnight rain had soaked the German circuit. With the Superpole 1 contenders easing around the drying track on slicks the best times would come at the chequered flag and Davies duly produced with a 1m 37.883s.

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Despite his best efforts Sykes could only close to a tenth off the pole sitter to take second while Honda's Nicky Hayden nipped on to the front row with an impressive last-lap effort.

Hayden's lap pushed Lorenzo Savadori, who topped Friday free practice, down to fourth on the IodaRacing Aprilia with Althea BMW's Jordi Torres in fifth to make it five different manufacturers occupying the front grid spots.

World Superbike championship leader Jonathan Rea, who had to progress through Superpole 1 having finished Friday down in 11th, used the extra session to take the last spot on row two ahead of MV Agusta's Leon Camier and fellow Superpole 1 graduate Davide Giugliano.

Sylvain Guintoli made a solid comeback from injury on the Pata Yamaha in ninth but his team-mate Alex Lowes - fresh from his MotoGP exploits with Tech 3 Yamaha - suffered a nightmare with a technical issue denying him a chance to set a time in the pole shootout.

As a result, Michael van der Mark and Markus Reiterberger jumped ahead of the British rider in 10th and 11th respectively.