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Sylvain Barrier is well placed to extend his lead in the Superstock 1000 Cup standings after qualifying on pole position at Imola with the first SSTK lap to break into the 1min 49secs.
Stopping the clock at 1min 49.900secs, the BMW Italia GoldBet rider nudged beneath Davide Giugliano's existing lap record, in turn becoming the first rider to take a Superstock bike around the Italian circuit in a time faster than 1min 50secs.
It was enough to keep provisional pole sitter Niccolo Canepa at bay, the Barni Ducati rider nonetheless remaining in close contention just two tenths further back, while his team-mate Eddi La Marra offered strength in Panigale numbers in third.
Determined to make up for his exit in Portimao, Lorenzo Savadori was the fastest Kawasaki rider in fourth position, ahead of Ondrej Jezek in fifth, the SK Energy Ducati rider putting in his best qualifying performance of the season.
Similarly, Marco Bussolotti starts his home race from a lofty sixth place, ahead of a brace of Kawasaki riders in the order of Jeremy Guarnoni, Leandro Mercado, Matthieu Lussiana and Alessandro Andreozzi.