Gowland top Rob Mac Yamaha on debut

Graeme Gowland was delighted to provide one of the surprises of the British Superbike Championship qualification session at Brands Hatch after he out paced experienced team-mates Chris Walker and Michael Rutter.

Making his BSB debut this weekend after a period of Supersport racing on the world scene, Gowland had already out-qualified Michael Rutter when he made it to the top ten shootout, but he would go on to beat Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha team-mate too for eighth on the grid.

Having previously admitted to now knowing what to expect from the opening round of the season, Gowland was thrilled to mark his Superbike qualifying debut with a spot comfortably inside the top ten.

“I have loved every minute of this weekend, the testing has been fun and I am learning all the time but I am desperate to race now,” he mused

“We have been pretty much on our own through winter testing and have been keen to see how manic it all is with the rest of the grid around me. The second row is amazing and I will pinch myself tomorrow when we line up."

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Graeme Gowland - Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Andy Reid, Tyco BMW, [Credit: TAS Racing]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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April 13, 2009 12:53 AM

Good job so far by Graeme - the Yamahas don't *quite* seem fully up to speed round Brands (almost there, but after what Spies has been up to in WSB the smart money was on them being definitely the machine to have). He could be a dark horse for some decent results over the course of the season - he had a rough time in World Supersport last year which wasn't of his own doing, and deserves a bit of luck.

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