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Swan Yamaha Duo Promise Fierce Battle On Race Day

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Swan Yamaha were feeling confident on Sunday evening after dominating at Oulton Park for the second day running.

Tommy Hill lapped at record pace to take pole position, and gave himself a golden opportunity to increase his championship lead in tomorrow's first race, particularly with nearest rival Shane Byrne back in seventh.

The Lingfield rider was mindful of that when he spoke after qualifying, and promised his rivals a tough fight for victory tomorrow.

“Everybody is pushing so hard out there and this is an aggressive track but we have been happy with the pace we have shown already and to qualify on pole is another great result for the Swan Yamaha team. We have been consistent so far and now we have to look at the race tomorrow. I will just get the elbows out and go for those wins and podium credits! We are feeling confident and we are aiming for two podiums tomorrow again; it won't be easy but we just need to get stuck in, get to the front and stay there.”

Teammate Michael Laverty is best placed to take the fight to Hill after qualifying in second place. The Northern Irishman had a tough weekend at Brands Hatch and will start the first race of the day 32 points behind Hill.

Laverty admitted the YZF-R1 wasn't handling as well as he wanted earlier in the weekend, but made great strides on Sunday to join his teammate on the front row.

“I am happy with another front row start that's for sure as yesterday I wasn't feeling as comfortable as I did the weekend before at Brands Hatch but we made some changes and I found another chunk of time. I feel that we are in good shape for tomorrow and there will be a big fight out there I am sure! I really want to get a podium finish now after missing out at Brands Hatch, so I am up for it and I feel ready to go out and fight for those wins.”

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