Ryuichi Kiyonari says he was nervous heading into the final part of qualifying but delighted to secure the first pole position of the new MCE British Superbike season.

The Buildbase BMW rider notched up a 1m 29.455s lap in the final few minutes of Q3 and after his closet rivals failed to better his time, the 2014 BSB runner-up was elated to grab P1.

"Before the start of Q3 I was very, very nervous," Kiyonari said. "It was not my favourite time so that was why I was nervous but now I am very happy and ready for the races. The Buildbase BMW machine is very good and I was able to push more than before."

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Kiyonari had looked in strong form heading into qualifying after finishing two free practice sessions on top and only being beaten by Shane Byrne in FP3 by 0.090s.

The Japanese rider claimed the overall BSB lap record around Donington Park after JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Ellison missed out on pole by 0.029s. Defending champion Byrne completes the front row and Kiyonari expects a tough fight from the race victory.

"Tomorrow there will be big battles and we will push each other very close but I working on not making any mistakes," he added. "The last time I crashed it was very hard. My bike is good, the set-up is perfect and now it is down to me."