It was reigning champion Randy Krummenacher who headed the field as the 45-minute session drew to a close but, with less than a minute on the clock, Locatelli threw caution to the wind and managed to better the Swiss rider's time by just over a tenth of a second. The Italian's time of 1'32.176 is the fastest ever WorldSSP lap of the 4.445km Phillip Island circuit.
Locatelli will be joined on the front row by Krummenacher and Lucas Mahias, while GMT94 Yamaha WorldSSP Supported rider Jules Cluzel will head up the second row, having qualified fourth despite struggling for rear grip.
Isaac Viñales, aboard the Kallio Racing Yamaha R6, will start tomorrow's WorldSSP race from the third row of the grid in eighth, one ahead of Corentin Perolari who qualified ninth.
Yamaha bLU cRU WorldSSP rider Andy Verdoïa will start from the sixth row of the grid after qualifying in 16th position in his first WorldSSP Superpole today, while teammate Galang Hendra Pratama, who missed the two-day test at Phillip Island due to travel delays, will start tomorrow from the eighth row of the grid.