BMW riders Marco Melandri and Chaz Davies were left experiencing mixed emotions following qualifying at the Nurburgring after coming away having seen their fortunes take an opposite turn.

Prior to Superpole it was Davies that had led BMW's challenge on home soil, the Welshman topping Q1 and Q2 to earmark himself as a favourite to claim his first-ever World Superbike pole position. By contrast, Marco Melandri was seven tenths slower than his team-mate after Q2.

However, when rain began falling in time for Superpole, the momentum would shift back into Melandri's favour as he revelled in the slippery conditions to go head-to-head with Ayrton Badovini in the battle for pole position.

Bidding to secure only BMW's second-ever WSBK pole position in the final home race before its imminent withdrawal (the first and only having come in 2010 with Troy Corser at Misano), though Melandri would fall just short in the end, he was still very pleased with a front row spot.

"It was a very good qualifying session, I'm really pleased. Until the end I tried to get the pole-position. A few minutes before the end I rode a bit slower to cool the tyres down and to try a new flying lap, but it didn't work because there was not enough water on the track.

"So I decided not to risk anything as second place on the front row of the grid was an excellent starting point for tomorrow's races. It will be important to start well; I want to be within the front group from the beginning on. We have a good race pace in the dry and I'm very confident for the races."

Davies, meanwhile, was caught out by the poor weather with a crash in the closing seconds consigning him to seventh on the grid. Despite this, Davies was content with his qualifying position.

"The second qualifying practice was good. I surprised myself a little bit with my lap time. I obviously knew it was fast but I did not expect a low 1:54 on race tyres and I think it was already the fourth lap on that tyre so I was quite happy with that. Then we tried a couple of things in the free practice which brought positives and negatives and we learnt a lot for the races.

"Then the Superpole was wet which was a bit frustrating and it was a shame that I crashed on the last lap although I am not really disappointed with seventh on the grid. I will be able to see the front guys so it is just a question of making a good start."


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