Kenan Sofuoglu clinched a close World Supersport pole position during round eight at Brno on Saturday.
The Kawasaki Lorenzini rider, who leads the championship despite being disqualified at Imola and penalised at Aragon, got the better of PTR Honda's Jules Cluzel by just 0.002s.
Kawasaki Intermoto Step Racing Fabien Foret completed a top three covered by a mere 0.080s, with Ten Kate Honda's Broc Parkes fourth and 0.162 seconds down on Sofuoglu.
The first rider off the second row for tomorrow's race will be championship challenger Sam Lowes (Bogdanka PTR Honda), with the Power Team by Suriano Triumph of Vittorio Iannuzzo in sixth place.
Sofuoglu will start the race with a 16 point lead over fellow double 2012 race winner Lowes.