BMW head into this afternoon's World Superbike Superpole session with the initiative after Leon Haslam maintained his place at the front of the field and Troy Corser set the fastest time in Q2.

Having set an impressive pace during Q1, Haslam - who suffered a technical issue towards the end of the session - and Aprilia's Max Biaggi held firm at the top of the combined timesheets in first and second, but Corser's Q2 topping time of 1min 43.039secs was enough to lift him to third.

A fairly static session, only Corser and Joan Lascorz were the significant movers, the latter leaping from 15th to fourth position to firm his place in Superpole.

A minor improvement from Ayrton Badovini made it three BMWs inside the top five, ahead of Yamaha duo Eugene Laverty and Marco Melandri, Jonathan Rea and Noriyuki Haga, who suffered a fall from his PATA Aprilia.

Series leader Carlos Checa was another to make gains on the Althea Ducati as he moved away from the perilous drop zone with the tenth fastest time.

With the likes of Badovini and Maxime Berger securing positions inside the top sixteen, a first for the latter rider, Ruben Xaus was left as the highest profile rider to miss out on the Castrol Honda in 17th overall.

Roberto Rolfo, James Toseland, Mark Aithcison, Fabrizio Lai and Chris Vermeulen are also classified outside the top sixteen, though the injured Toseland - who managed just four slow laps in Q2 - and Vermeulen - who didn't set a time at all - are reportedly set to sit out tomorrow's races now.



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