Tommy Hill will start this afternoon's opening British Superbike race from pole position after smashing the lap record on the Brands Hatch GP circuit. The Swan Yamaha rider enters this weekend as the man in form, winning three of the last four races, and is well placed to continue that streak later today.

Hill's record lap secured pole position although John Hopkins came close to pipping him, finishing 0.047s behind in second. Michael Laverty was the fastest man in Q1 but couldn't match teammate Hill when it mattered and will start third. Joan Lascorz will complete a mouth-watering front row as the Kawasaki World Superbike team look to make their presence felt on their annual summer wildcard appearance.

Championship leader Shane 'Shakey' Byrne will start from the second row in fifth with the two Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducatis for company. Surprisingly though, it's Martin Jessopp who was the quicker of the two to qualify sixth with Michael Rutter seventh.

James Westmoreland qualified eighth on the sole Motorpoint Yamaha. The Yorkshireman will be upholding team honours on his own after Loris Baz's departure earlier in the week. Gary Mason has a good chance to boost his title hopes from ninth while Graeme Gowland leads the EVO class in tenth.

Mason's hopes of breaking into the top six have been aided after a number of his rivals struggled. Josh Brookes, currently sixth overall, will have to start race one from 13th while Jon Kirkham will also have work to do from 16th. Reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari will have to come from either further back after a miserable session left him 18th.


Qualifying Result:

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Lap Time
1 Tommy Hill GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 1:25.357
2 John Hopkins USA Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 1:25.404
3 Michael Laverty GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 1:25.601
4 Joan Lascorz (WC) SPA Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team 1:25.827
5 Shane Byrne GBR Honda HM Plant Honda 1:25.936
6 Martin Jessopp GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati 1:25.987
7 Michael Rutter GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati 1:26.180
8 James Westmoreland GBR Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha 1:26.208
9 Gary Mason GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki 1:26.485
10 Graeme Gowland (E) GBR Honda Team WFR 1:26.683
Eliminated in Q2
11 Broc Parkes (WC) AUS Kawasaki Kawasaki World Superbike Team 1:26.270
12 James Ellison GBR Honda Team 1:26.311
13 Josh Brookes AUS Suzuki Relentless Suzuki by TAS 1:26.366
14 Chris Walker GBR Kawasaki Pr1mo Racing 1:26.434
15 Peter Hickman GBR Honda Tyco Honda 1:26.466
16 Jon Kirkham GBR Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 1:26.484
17 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki 1:26.508
18 Ryuichi Kiyonari JAP Honda HM Plant Honda 1:26.523
19 Ian Lowry GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:26.688
20 Glen Richards (E) AUS Honda Team WFR 1:27.004
Eliminated in Q1
21 Barry Burrell (E) GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:27.450
22 Karl Harris GBR Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport 1:27.565
23 Patric Muff (E) SWI Honda Tyco Honda 1:27.605
24 Jake Zemke (E) USA Honda Team WFR 1:28.449
25 Scott Smart (E) GBR Ducati Moto Rapido Ducati 1:28.833
26 Aaron Zanotti (E) GBR BMW Quattro Plant Spike Racing 1:28.891
27 Dan Kneen (E) GBR Kawasaki Marks Bloom Racing 1:29.729
28 Hudson Kennaugh (E) RSA Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport 1:30.715
29 Matteo Mossa (E) ITA Suzuki 777RR Motorsport 1:32.146