Giugliano top in first Brno qualifying
World Superbike rookie Davide Giugliano followed up his morning pace by ending up on top after first qualifying in Brno.
Althea Racing Ducati’s Giugliano struck late with a lap of 1:59.452 - the leading mark, which once rain began to fall, could not be overhauled.
Marco Melandri was left to settle for second, with Eugene Laverty and Tom Sykes third and fourth as the only other drivers to break the two-minute barrier.
Defending champion Carlos Checa ended the day in fifth, one place in front of Czech home hope Jakub Smrz.
The elements - it drizzled from start to finish - made life difficult for the riders, but with rain forecast for Saturday it is something the riders will have to be prepared for, and the Q1 session could be crucial in determining who progresses to Superpole.
Qualifying times (1) result:
1. Davide Giugliano ITA Althea Ducati 1098R 1m 59.452s
2. Marco Melandri ITA BMW Motorrad S1000RR 1m 59.545s
3. Eugene Laverty IRL Aprilia Racing RSV-4 1m 59.693s
4. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 1m 59.850s
5. Carlos Checa ESP Althea Ducati 1098R 2m 00.180s
6. Jakub Smrz CZE Liberty Effenbert Ducati 1098R 2m 00.226s
7. Ayrton Badovini ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 2m 00.244s
8. Michel Fabrizio ITA BMW Italia Goldbet S1000RR 2m 00.322s
9. Chaz Davies GBR ParkinGO MTC Aprilia RSV-4 2m 00.391s
10. Leon Haslam GBR BMW Motorrad S1000RR 2m 00.422s
11. Loris Baz FRA Kawasaki Racing ZX-10R 2m 00.441s
12. John Hopkins USA FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 2m 00.528s
13. Leon Camier GBR FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R1000 2m 00.615s
14. Max Biaggi ITA Aprilia Racing RSV-4 2m 00.746s
15. Jonathan Rea GBR Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 2m 00.911s
16. Maxime Berger FRA Effenbert Liberty Ducati 1098R 2m 00.978s
17. Hiroshi Aoyama JPN Honda WSBK CBR1000RR 2m 01.073s
18. David Salom ESP Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2m 01.575s
19. Lorenzo Zanetti ITA PATA Ducati 1098R 2m 02.060s
20. Alex Polita ITA Red Devils Ducati 1098R 2m 02.668s
21. Leandro Mercado ARG Pedercini Kawasaki ZX-10R 2m 03.342s
22. Viktor Kispataki HUN Prop-tech Honda CBR1000RR 2m 04.259s
23. Norino Brignola ITA Grillini Progea BMW S1000RR 2m 04.506s