Alastair Seeley announced British Superbike arrival in a convincing manner by placing his Relentless by TAS Suzuki on the front row of the grid at Brands Hatch.
Ahead of what will be the first race of his maiden full BSB season, Seeley missed pole by a mere two tenths of a second to deliver the Relentless team one of its best ever qualifying performances at this level.
Starting alongside fellow rookie Dan Linfoot, but ahead of several more experienced riders, the reigning National Superstock champion is now hoping he can get the GSX-R1000 off the line cleanly and score some good points.
“It was a good start for us today and everything was working well with our GSX–R Superbike. We are just making baby steps at the minute, but to give credit to the team, the bike was never a million miles away when we got here, as I showed by going fastest in the wet.
“All the data from last year has been invaluable although I could have done without the little slip off on day one – but I suppose that's what happens at this level. I enjoyed the Roll for Poll qualifying especially the third session when I got a clear track and a new tyre in and was able to pull the pin.
“It's also been encouraging to see P1 on the pit board at times over the weekend, but tomorrow I'm just looking for solid finishes and some points on the board.”
Seeley's team-mate Michael Laverty will start directly behind him in seventh.