Josh Brookes described his pole position-grabbing performance this afternoon as "perfect timing" with one round of the MCE British Superbike Championship remaining prior to the Showdown.

Brookes edged the top spot from Alex Lowes on the WFR Honda to provide the Northern Ireland-based Tyco Suzuki team with the premier spot on the grid at Donington Park, even though he claims his fastest lap was "riddled with mistakes".

The Aussie was always involved at the sharp end, topping two of the free practice sessions this morning and maintaining his pace through to the afternoon's qualifying shootout.

"This is perfect timing coming into the Showdown. I do enjoy the bigger, faster, flowing circuits and maybe that's why we have been fast here right from the opening practice session," said Brookes.

"I'm obviously really happy to be on pole position, but if I'm honest the pole lap was riddled with mistakes and I was a bit down on myself.

"I'd just like to thank the team for sorting a great handling package this weekend on my Tyco Suzuki," he added.

"It's probably the best start we've had to a weekend all year, so hopefully today sets the standard for tomorrow's races."

His team-mate in the Suzuki outfit, Alastair Seeley, did not enjoy quite the same success and the diminutive Ulsterman continues to struggle on the big superbike.

"If we could race on a Friday we'd be mint. I struggled with front-end feel today, and I felt like I was going to fold the front on the fast right handers," said the current British Supersport champion, who is languishing in 17th.

"We did make it better for Q2 but I just couldn't find the time to go through. It seems that as soon as we make any progress something silly happens or I slip off, which was the case this morning."

American rider PJ Jacobsen qualified on pole for the Metzeler National Superstock 1000 class in only his third appearance in the series.