Jakub Smrz has become somewhat of a surprise package after suffering a difficult MCE British Superbike season opener, when the Czech rider put his Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati second on the grid at Brands Hatch.

The 32-year-old shot up the timesheets during free practice three and carried his quick pace into qualifying by grabbing a middle of the front row start ahead of the likes of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Shane Byrne.

Smrz is focusing on converting his excellent qualifying position into valuable points after missing out in Donington Park. In the season opener the Czech rider crashed out in race one and struggled to a lowly 24th place on a damaged Ducati in race two.

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"It was really difficult in the first race weekend at Donington Park, everything possible went wrong," Smrz said. "It was a big disaster weekend.

"Since yesterday everything has been going really nice and smooth and the team has been doing a really good job. This is something we deserve and it'll be possible to be really good tomorrow. I need to get some good points on the board. Hopefully we can be as high as today for tomorrow."