Tyco TAS Suzuki's Josh Brookes is thrilled to be on pole position for the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship.

Brookes grabbed the top sport on his GSX-R1000 on a dramatic day of qualifying, which saw many of the fancied runners finish down the grid as the heavens opened at Brands Hatch.

The Aussie said: "I'm sure everyone else will say the same: conditions were horrible to ride in, but once I got a feel for the track it generated a bit of confidence.

"In the first session there were damp patches and I was waiting for the front to tuck, but in Q2 and Q3 with wets in I felt even more confident and wasn't worried about running off the dry line.

"I just hope there was some element of entertainment out there for the fans in the rain as on the bike it was pretty scary. It's great to post the first pole position slot of the year for Suzuki and all our new sponsors."

Brookes' team-mate, Alastair Seeley, narrowly missed on Q3 and will start the first race from the fourth row in 13th place.

Seeley, the current British Supersport champion, said: "It's always disappointing not to make Q3 but the conditions were tough today and with the bike 'walking around' on me in and out of the turns I didn't feel we could push any harder.

"We just need a good start tomorrow and hopefully race one will give me a better grid position for the second race."