The Frenchman nipped in front of Mr Superpole Sykes with a 1'22.683 compared to the Kawasaki man's 1'22.698 and both will start on the front row, alongside Laverty who was the first rider to break the 1'23s barrier this weekend earlier in the final session.
But the Irishman went back out for another go after scrapping a lap where Sykes was following. He got as far as turn three and lost the front into the fast right and his team now have only a couple of hours to re-build the RSV4 before today's first race.
Alstare Ducati's Nico Canepa has used his Panigale's new tank and subframe assembly (click here) to bag fourth place with Chaz Davies fifth and Davide Guigliano in sixth place. Marco Melandri and Jules Cluzel round out the top eight.