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Leandro Mercado will start the opening round of the 2014 FIM Superstock 1000 Cup from pole position after getting the better of Barni Ducati team-mate Ondrej Jezek in qualifying.

The Argentine, who switches to Ducati machinery in 2014 from Pedercini Kawasaki, turned in a best lap of 2mins 01.610secs, beating Jezek by a tenth of a second.

They will be joined on the front row by Christoffer Bergman on the BWG Kawasaki after a late improvement saw the Swede leap to third. That was enough to displace Lorenzo Savadori to fourth, where he will line up alongside Fabio Massei and Matthieu Lussiana.

Ahead of his Superstock 1000 debut, Kyle Smith was a solid seventh on the Racedays Honda, ahead of Federico D'Annunzio, Josh Day and Balazs Nemeth.


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