Alex Lowes will start this afternoon's opening race of the triple-header MCE British Superbike weekend in pole position at Oulton Park despite a late fall in the final Superpole qualifying session.

Lowes appeared to lose the front end of his Samsung Honda at Shell Oils moments after setting the fastest time of 1m 35.119s to usurp Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.

Luckily, the Honda man escaped unscathed and Lowes clung on to pole by fractions of a second from Byrne, who managed a best time of 1m 35.193s on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Byrne had held the number one position with three minutes remaining until Lowes found something extra on his Fireblade to pip the three-time BSB champion.

The surprise package of the afternoon was championship rookie PJ Jacobsen on the Tyco Suzuki, who rode magnificently to seal a front row start on the GSX-R1000 in third position.

Jacobsen produced a stunning 1m 35.388s lap to finish ahead of Milwaukee Yamaha's James Ellison, who claimed the final place on the front row ahead of Josh Brookes on the second Tyco Suzuki.

Tommy Bridewell gave his new Halsall Racing Kawasaki team its best qualifying result of the season in sixth.

Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) and Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) complete the second row, with Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) and James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) rounding out the top ten on row three.

Samsung Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari failed to make it into Q3 and the Japanese rider will start from a lowly 17th place after running inside the top eight throughout free practice.

Chris Walker on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki, Peter Hickman (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda), PR Kawasaki's Karl Harris, Josh Waters on the second Milwaukee Yamaha, Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda), and Matteo Baiocco on the Team Rapido Sport Ducati Panigale were also eliminated from Superpole after Q2.

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