Karl Harris has hinted there is more to come from himself and the Hydrex Honda team after being forced to settle for third on the grid at Oulton Park.
Harris had topped all three free practice sessions on the run up to qualifying, but found himself playing catch up when he fell during the second knockout phase and was then forced to switch to his spare bike.
Nonetheless, the decision would prove a shrewd one, Harris going immediately faster before being forced to curtail his efforts when the clutch failed. Even so, Harris remains third on the grid and is well placed to challenge for victory come race day.
“We were quite lucky we tipped off,” he said. “I nearly saved it into Shell but I was on the grass and as soon as you hit the grass you are down. I went out on the number two bike, did a couple of laps and I was setting great times despite not really pushing.
“I went out on the first lap doing a 1min 36.0secs, but then my clutch went on the second lap. I was pretty gutted, but I am happy with the front row.