Tommy Hill said he is 'delighted' to have secured a front row grid slot for the opening round of 2010 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

The Worx Crescent Suzuki rider diced for the top spot with Ryuichi Kiyonari in each of the three qualifying phases, the local man eventually being edged out by the HM Plant Honda rider by just a tenth of a second.

Despite missing out on emulating predecessor Sylvain Guintoli's pole position twelve months ago, Hill was thrilled to translate his competitiveness during pre-season testing to the opening event.

"I'm over the moon. A front row start is just what you need for Brands, so tomorrow I'll look for a good start, get in a good lap or two then work on being consistent.

"It's been a good weekend so far, we've been top-two in every session while all the time we've been concentrating getting the bike set up, as against going after the times. Everything is working well, I'm delighted."

BSB returnee Yukio Kagayama, meanwhile, admitted it was a shock to the system to be racing in Britain once again, and was frustrated by grip issues in the final phase.

"Wow, BSB again," said Kagayama, who eventually ended up eighth on the grid. "Obviously it's not the first time for me, but still it feels so busy. A short narrow track and so many riders. I've done a lot of work in set-up, getting the bike to work in the cold and the wet, there was a lot for me to get used to again.

"Then in Q2 I'm very happy as everything comes together. But in Q3 the tyre gave no grip so I had to pit and we had to put an old tyre back on. I tried my best but the time was gone - second row was the result. So for tomorrow I know I have to get a good start and I try my best."


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