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Jules Cluzel has taken his second World Supersport Championship pole position of the season after prevailing in a hard fought second qualifying session at Motorland Aragon.
The Frenchman came into Q2 having been second during provisional qualifying behind Sam Lowes, but struck to the front for the first time with 20mins remaining courtesy of a 2min 02.867secs lap.
Good enough to hold position for the next 15mins, Cluzel was bumped down to second place with just five minutes remaining by an inspired Sheridan Morais, the South African surging the front by two tenths to put himself on course for a maiden WSS pole position.
However, Cluzel hadn't given up, the PTR Honda rider squeezing back ahead by just four hundredths of a second to deny the WSS rookie.
A strong return to form for Kawasaki having played second fiddle to Honda during Q1, Morais's DeltaFin team-mate Kenan Sofuoglu and Fabien Foret on the privateer Intermoto Step ZX-6R will start alongside Morais on the front row in third and fourth.
A close session, just two tenths would cover the top six, with provisional pole sitter Sam Lowes and Broc Parkes finding themselves at the wrong end of a meagre margin in fifth and sixth place respectively. Indeed, Lowes had looked on course to get on the front row with his final flying lap, only to suffer a fall at turn twelve.
They will share row two with top Triumph rider Vittorio Iannuzzo, who made a big jump in the closing stages, and Jed Metcher, the Australian continuing his impressive progress on the little fancied RivaMoto Yamaha to qualify a career-best eighth.
Similarly impressive was Metcher's former SSTK 600 rival Romain Lanusse, the Frenchman on the Intermoto Step Kawasaki leaping from a provisional 21st to qualify a fine ninth place.
Mathew Scholtz rounds out the top ten on the Bogdanka PTR Honda, denying Ronan Quarmby, Alex Baldolini, Valentin Debise, Josh Day and Roberto Tamburini.