Sam Lowes has kicked off the fourth round of the 2012 World Supersport Championship at Monza as he means to go on by dominating proceedings during first free practice.
The British rider, who crashed out of the lead last time out at Assen, moved to the head of the timesheets after ten minutes and would remain there for the remainder of the session, Lowes steadily reducing his lap times to an eventual 1min 48.439secs.
His efforts were enough to establish a comfortable three tenth gap over joint championship leader Fabien Foret on the Intermoto Step Kawasaki, the Frenchman in turn almost level on time with third place man Broc Parkes.
Lowes's PTR stablemates Jules Cluzel and Ronan Quarmby ensured a good start for Simon Buckmaster's team by setting the fourth and sixth best times, the pair split by wild-card rider Stefano Cruciani on the Puccetti Kawasaki.
Kenan Sofuoglu, who shares the series lead with Foret, was seventh quickest, ahead of Lorini Honda's Roberto Tamburini and Sheridan Morais, while a late improvement from Imre Toth saw him squeeze into the top ten in tenth.
Further back, ex-Moto2 rider Raffaele de Rosa marked his WSS debut with the 19th best time, ahead of 28th place CIV Italian Supersport standout Ilario Dionisi, who is on the ProRace Honda ridden to victory last time out at Assen by Lorenzo Lanzi.
Meanwhile, British riders Martin Jessopp and Kieran Clarke – who is making a surprising appearance this weekend alongside Lowes at Bogdanka PTR Honda – were 20th and 33rd quickest out of the 36 participating.