James Ellison says his JG Speedfit Kawasaki team has discovered extra pace which has given him an edge to secure pole position for race one at round two of the MCE British Superbike season.

The 34-year-old stormed to the top of the timesheets in Q3 and notched up three laps all quick enough to claim provisional pole around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit. His fastest time - 45.310s - smashed the previous BSB lap record around the Indy circuit, originally held by Gregorio Lavilla set in 2007.

The British rider put his phenomenal pace down to his team finding extra power and top-end speed from his Kawasaki ZX-10R which has given him the confidence to push harder.

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"I felt comfortable to be honest. We've not found anything big this weekend, I've just jelled really well with the bike from testing," Ellison said. "We brought that into Donington Park and left with a race win but had a bit of bad luck in race two. We've come through winter testing with a solid programme and I knew the development of the bike was going to be a lot stronger this year.

Ellison has been delighted with the developments and feels he now has the machinery for a fair fight against his rivals.

"I feel like I'm matched with the front guys now whereas last year I wasn't, when I could only sit with them rather than pass them in the race," he added. "But with a bit extra power it's really helped me this year and I've not had to ride on the edge of the tyre this year. Now we have a bit in reserve."

Despite taking P1, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider is adamant he'll have a fight on his hands for race victories at the Kent track. Ellison took pole position by 0.257s from Jakub Smrz but has singled out Ryuichi Kiyonari, who starts from third, as one who he anticipates will challenge him at the front.

"I didn't think I would be able to grab pole today because I knew Kiyo was strong looking at his lap times throughout the weekend," he said. "He's been running consistently with 20 and 30 lap runs but we've only managed 10 lap stints so that is something we are looking at to improve on for tomorrow.

"It'll be a little bit of an unknown tomorrow but I'm ready to give my best."