Kawasaki's Tom Sykes claimed his 29th career pole position at Jerez on Saturday, setting a new circuit-best time in the process.
The Briton's time of 1.40.292s was 0.006s better than Loris Baz’s time of 12 months ago.
Twelve riders took to the track for Superpole – the top 10 after FP3 plus Michael van der Mark (Pata Honda) and David Salom (Team Pedercini), who snuck in by virtue of their lap times.
Unfortunately for Salom and Pedercini, the Spaniard slid out of contention at turn one just moments after confirming his SP2 place.
It was an eventful Superpole, with the front row changing several times throughout.
The two riders ultimately joining Sykes on row one are his team-mate Jonathan Rea and Niccolo Canepa (Althea Racing), with only 0.216s separating the three riders.
Van der Mark impressed with a series of quick laps to finish in fourth place, with Jordi Torres (Aprilia Racing Team – Red Devils) and Chaz Davies (Aruba.it Racing – Ducati SBK Team) joining him in the second row.
1 Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 40.292s
2 Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 40.500s
3 Niccolo Canepa ITA Althea Ducati 1199R 1m 40.508s
4 Michael van der Mark NED PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 40.956s
5 Jordi Torres ESP Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 40.974s
6 Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 1m 41.155s
7 Michele Pirro ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati 1199R 41.185s
8 Matteo Baiocco ITA Althea Ducati 1199R 1m 41.415s
9 Alex Lowes GBR Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 41.427s
10 Sylvain Guintoli FRA PATA Honda CBR1000RR 1m 41.467s
11 Leon Haslam GBR Red Devils Roma Aprilia RSV4 1m 41.512s
12 David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R Did not set time
SP1 determines grid positions 13-20
13 Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta F4 RR 1m 41.745s
14 Leandro Mercado ARG Barni Ducati 1199R 1m 41.908s
15 Randy de Puniet FRA Voltcom Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 1m 42.486s
16 Roman Ramos ESP GO Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R1m 42.584s
17 Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia S1000RR 1m 42.714s
18 Christophe Ponsson FRA Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 42.774s
19 Gianluca Vizziello ITA Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 43.746s
20 Gabor Rizmayer HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 43.826s
Did progress to Superpole, grid positions determined
21 Imre Toth HUN Team Toth BMW S1000RR 1m 46.622s
22 Alex Phillis AUS Grillini Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 46.717s