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In a welcome change to the usual World Supersport standings, Federico Caricasulo produced a stunning lap that was good enough to claim his first pole position in the class.

Fast throughout the weekend, and the only man to get close to the Puccetti Kawasakis of Kenan Sofuoglu and Randy Krummenacher in FP3, the 20-year old Italian's fastest lap of 1m 38.097s was ultimately enough for pole by just 0.057s.

While the speed of Caricasulo's Bardahi Evan Bros CBR600RR Honda was never in doubt, in the closing seconds his pole position was. Sofuoglu appeared on course to snatch away first spot, but could not find enough time in the final sector on his final flying lap.

Sofuoglu, who showered the Italian with praise in parc ferm?, was pleased to claim his 20th consecutive front row start - a new record for the class. His lap time was also just under half a second faster than third-placed PJ Jacobsen, who had struggled with a lock of front-end feel through free practice.

Still searching for his first win of 2016, the young American held onto the final front row spot after Krummenacher made a late mistake, which left the Swiss rider in fourth.

Christian Gamarino was a place behind in fifth and at the head of an all-Italian trio, which also included Ayrton Badovini (sixth) and Alessandro Zaccone (seventh), the highest of the European Supersport Cup qualifiers.

A somewhat exasperated Jules Cluzel was a disappointing eighth, 1.2s back of the pole time. The Frenchman has won on the last two occasions the championship has visited Misano, but could be seen shaking his head in frustration in his garage after the session had concluded.

Illia Mikhalchik was a promising ninth ahead of England's Luke Stapleford (tenth) and Gino Rea (eleventh), whose eventual position did not match the turn of pace he showed on Saturday morning.

 

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