Kenan Sofuoglu will start on pole for Sunday’s 19-lap Rimini World Supersport race, the Turkish rider narrowly pipping Jules Cluzel in qualifying.

Puccetti Kawasaki rider Sofuoglu had never taken pole at Misano prior to this season, and made his intentions to rectify this clear from the off, topping the session with a 1m38.897s after his first run.

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Keen to cement his position, Sofuoglu found a further two tenths on his second run, lowering the benchmark to 1m38.672s.

CIA Landlords Honda’s Cluzel did put the Turkish rider’s pole under threat in the closing stages, but missed out by just 0.098 seconds. GRT Yamaha’s Federico Caricasulo backed up his strong Friday pace with third in Superpole.

Championship leader Lucas Mahias will be left scratching his head at the near five-tenth gap to pole man Sofuoglu in fourth spot, while Christian Gamarino will be disappointed with fifth after a late tumble.

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Luke Stapelford continues his impressive form from Donington in sixth on the Profile Racing Triumph, the Briton heading Sheridan Morais and PJ Jacobsen, who stopped on track on his final lap.

Kyle Smith found his way through the first part of Superpole and carried on to ninth on his Lorini Honda, the Briton almost two tenths clear of compatriot Gino Rea in 10th. Axel Bassani and Ant West completed the top 12.

The first part of Superpole was a disjointed affair, with Australian rider Lachlan Epis bringing out a red flag when his Kawasaki deposited fluid on track at Turn 2 in a crash. Thankfully, the delay was brief.

Wildcard Davide Stirpe came close to SP2, but missed out by a few hundredths of a second in 13th on his MV Agusta. Hannes Soomer leads the European Supersport charge in 14th ahead of Loris Cresson and Allesandro Zaccone.

Nacho Calero heads Niki Tuuli and Britain’s Kyle Ryde, with Zulfhami Khairudding stranded in 20th after a late crash while on pace for an SP2 spot.

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