Todd went under Michael Dunlop’s 2021 lap record (106.945mph) on his third lap in qualifying, clocking a speed of 107.093mph and becoming the first rider to break the 107mph barrier at the three-mile course in County Antrim.
The Superbike session was stopped on the next lap when Paul Jordan suffered an engine blow-up on his Prez Racing Yamaha R1. A lengthy delay followed as oil dropped from his machine was cleared from the circuit.
The session was run again later in the evening, but a rain shower meant few riders were able to improve their times from the afternoon.
Todd sealed pole by 1.619s from Derek Sheils on the Roadhouse Macau BMW, with Michael Sweeney in third (MJR BMW), narrowly ahead of Phil Crowe (BMW) and Mike Browne on the Burrows Engineering/RK Racing Suzuki in fifth. Jordan rounded out the top six in the class.