David Salom has taken his first career World Supersport pole position at Phillip Island after sneaking ahead of Fabien Foret during second qualification.
The Spaniard, making his Kawasaki debut this year after a strong season with Triumph, has been a consistent front runner during testing, but would go into the deciding session less than a tenth provisional pole sitter Foret.
However, with Foret failing to improve on his Q1 time, Salom's last gasp effort of 1min 34.070secs was another to secure him the initiative by just two hundredths of a second.
A first pole position for the youngster, it is also Kawasaki's first WSS pole position since Joan Lascorz started at the front at Brno in 2010.
Foret clung onto second position, ahead of Sam Lowes, who – having spent much of the weekend on the fringes of the top three – broke through to out-qualify Broc Parkes in third place.
On its full-time return to WSS action, Yamaha are well represented on row two, with ParkinGO's Luca Scassa and Chaz Davies going fifth and eighth, while Roberto Tamburini was a fine sixth on the Bike Service R6. Florian Marino joins them in seventh aboard the second of the Ten Kate Hondas.
Further back, Robbin Harms will start his seventh consecutive WSS season in ninth, ahead of the injured Gino Rea and James Ellison.