First position in Superpole of the season at Miller Motorsports Park was snatched by Effenbert’s Jakub Smrz of Liberty Racing Team.
Followed him, Althea Racing’s Carlos Checa posted the second fastest time and Kawasaki Racing Team’s Tom Sykes in third place. Althea Racing’s Davide Giugliano rounds out the front row in fourth.
Checa won both Superpole 1 and 2 and is in position to take pole position until Smrz, in the final minutes of the final session, came in with a time of 1’47.626. The Ducati riders were the only two of the field to post times under 1’48.
Honda’s Jonathan Rea heads the second row in fifth place. He wass joined by Team Effenbert Liberty Racing’s Sylvain Guintoli in sixth and Aprilia Racing teammates Max Biaggi and Eugene Laverty in seventh and eighth respectively.
Smrz earned short term position in Saturday's qualifying session. During the final practice on Sunday morning, the Ducati rider met with an accident as he lost the front end and crashed his bike on a medium pace left hander, causing him to finish in seventh. Smrz improved his time in each of the three Superpole sessions, with his final time better than the fastest laps set by Checa last year in Salt Lake City.
The Liberty Racing ace scored a podium at Miller last year, finishing second in Race 1, and appeared confident that he will be in the running for another this year.
“I am very happy to take the pole because in all the practices we have been doing a good job and my bike has been perfectly prepared," said Smrz. "I had a small crash in free practice but we got the bike back in time for Superpole and I am happy that we should have good pace for the races tomorrow.”
“I’m surprised to be on the front row because we have been struggling here at Miller. Once again the guys have done a great job because we changed something for Superpole to try and make something happen and fair play to the Kawasaki team because on the first lap on a race tire I knew we had a lot better package,” said the Kawasaki Rider though he is pleased with his front row position.
Giugliano made his Miller debut and felt comfortable on the track. "It’s my first time here and when I arrived at Miller, I went around in the car and could immediately see it was a great circuit for me and I really like it. So far the bike has never been as good as it was today but as long as it goes like this, then things are looking good.”
Having a problem in tyres and mechanical failures, Donington winner Marco Melandri of BMW Motorrad and his team mate Leon Haslam with Miller just missed qualifying for the third Superpole session.
Melandri was ready to push for position in the final Superpole session after addressing a number of points, but when he came out for a final fast lap he got hung up behind another rider through a corner and lost time.