Josh Brookes narrowly missed out on securing pole position at Knockhill as the Australian rider effortlessly adjusted back to short circuit racing following his Isle of Man TT debut.

Brookes had to settle for second position on the grid at the Scottish circuit on his GSX-R1000 as Shane Byrne took pole by one thousandth of a second for the opening race at the fourth round of the MCE British Superbike Championship tomorrow.

The BSB title contender said his performance today proved that he had no problems switching between road racing and short circuits.

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"People were quick to say that it would take me a while to get back up to speed on the short circuits after the TT, and I sort of resented that," said Brookes.

"If you can do ten years of what I've been doing then go to the roads and go as quick as I did, then you should be able to turn around and go back to the circuits and be on the pace quick enough - like I have done.

"I've done my personal best round here in qualifying and the bike is working well.

"I've done quite a few quick laps and a couple at the peak time so I'm happy enough with that," he added.

"The qualifying is more about the front row than pole position, as it's really difficult to pass around here, so we are in a good position to fight it out in race one."

Brookes' Suzuki team-mate and BSB rookie, PJ Jacobsen, will start from row two in sixth position.