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Kenan Sofuoglu continued his domination of the field by topping the inaugural World Supersport Superpole session at Phillip Island, after rivals Randy Krummenacher and Jules Cluzel encountered problems in the 15-minute shootout.

Reigning world champion Sofuoglu's final time of 1m 33.142s was good enough to ensure he will head the Supersport front row on Sunday for the 24th time in his career.

While the 31-year gave the impression that he never broke sweat throughout the 15-minute shootout, PJ Jacobsen kept his composure to post the second fastest time, some five tenths of a second in arrears.

Sofuoglu's Puccetti Kawasaki team-mate Randy Krummenacher was on course for a fast time on his final circuit. The former Moto2 rider's first split suggested he could challenge for a famous debut pole before encountering Alex Baldolini on the racing line, much to his frustration. Krummenacher eventually finished third.

Federico Caricasulo took advantage of a Sofuoglu tow to place fourth with Lorenzo Zanetti and Baldolini completing the second row.

For the second time this weekend, Cluzel fell at turn eleven after entering with too much speed and subsequently losing the rear end. Still recovering from the broken leg that prematurely ended his 2015 season, Cluzel was thankfully uninjured in the relatively slow-speed spill and ended the session in eighth.

Kyle Ryde dusted himself down from a terrifying high-side at the Hayshed in FP3 to place a heartening ninth, a place ahead of countryman Kyle Smith.

 

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