Fifteen minutes for World Superbike to determine the grid for this afternoon's race opened under a cloudy sky but rain had still not made an appearance. Garrett Gerloff joined Michael van der Mark in being ruled unfit for the remainder of the round after a crash in this morning's free practice session, suffering an injury to his left knee. Xavi Fires was pulled off Eurosport commentary duties and plonked on a Ducati to replace an injured Philipp Oettl.
Jonathan Rea opened the session with a 1'36.030 ahead of Toprak Razgatlioglu before pitting in. Iker Lecuona and Andrea Locatelli were third and fourth quickest before the customary mid-session tea break. At the halfway mark, the track was empty as everyone had new tyres fitted.
Axel Bassani was the first rider out on a second tyre, followed by Jonathan Rea who was immediately on pace to improve his lap time. Rea set a new lap record of 1'35.346 as Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding took second and third places with two and a half minutes left.
Jonathan Rea pitted in and watched the clock tick down as he sat on a six tenths of a second lead over his title rivals. Toprak Razgatlioglu Joined the front row less than a tenth of a second off Rea's pole position lap, pushing Alvaro Bautista dow to third place on the grid.
With the championship leading trio on the front row, Scott Redding headed the second row with his best qualifying position on the BMW. Andrea Locatelli and Michael Ruben Rinaldi rounded out the second row ahead of Iker Lecuona, Alex Lowes and Eugene Laverty.
|1||65||J. REA||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'35.346||314,0|
|2||1||T. RAZGATLIOGLU||Yamaha YZF R1||1'35.437||0.091||314,0|
|3||19||A. BAUTISTA||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'35.963||0.617||321,4|
|4||45||S. REDDING||BMW M1000RR||1'35.979||0.633||317,6|
|5||55||A. LOCATELLI||Yamaha YZF R1||1'36.198||0.852||314,0|
|6||21||M. RINALDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'36.236||0.890||318,6|
|7||7||I. LECUONA||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'36.433||1.087||316,7|
|8||22||A. LOWES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'36.538||1.192||318,6|
|9||50||E. LAVERTY||BMW M1000RR||1'36.659||1.313||315,8|
|10||44||L. MAHIAS||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'36.674||1.328||304,2|
|11||97||X. VIERGE||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'36.747||1.401||323,4|
|12||76||L. BAZ||BMW M1000RR||1'36.755||1.409||310,3|
|13||3||K. NOZANE||Yamaha YZF R1||1'36.980||1.634||308,6|
|14||47||A. BASSANI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'37.015||1.669||310,3|
|15||29||L. BERNARDI||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'37.105||1.759||315,8|
|16||17||M. FRITZ||Yamaha YZF R1||1'37.124||1.778||307,7|
|17||12||X. FORES||Ducati Panigale V4R||1'37.521||2.175||307,7|
|18||23||C. PONSSON||Yamaha YZF R1||1'37.775||2.429||305,9|
|19||36||L. MERCADO||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'37.867||2.521||310,3|
|20||35||H. SYAHRIN||Honda CBR1000 RR-R||1'38.065||2.719||309,5|
|21||32||I. VINALES||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'38.436||3.090||305,9|
|22||52||O. KONIG||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1'38.709||3.363||305,1|