Jack Kennedy has paid huge credit to his Team WD-40 Kawasaki crew for giving him the machine to make it into the final stage of qualifying in just his second MCE British Superbike outing.

The BSB rookie pushed out the likes of Tommy Bridewell and Danny Buchan to qualify 10th on the grid for race one at Brands Hatch and the Irish rider was delighted by his huge jump in performance. The 2012 British Supersport runner-up had been running in 25th at the end of free practice three but found vast improvements ahead of qualifying.

"We've made a huge step today after finishing 25th yesterday," Kennedy said. "It is a huge credit to the team for giving me a great bike. The more time we had on the bike the more we could improve it.

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"At Donington Park we had a few issues which meant we couldn't change the set up that much. But the boys worked really hard between Donington Park and here."

The 27-year-old is targeting maiden points finishes in tomorrow's races around the Brands Hatch Indy circuit and is full of optimism with his new team.

"I'd like to aim to finish in the top 10 tomorrow, we've qualified tenth and have got good race pace so I don't see why we can't finish there and get some good points on the board," he added. "We're close to our best lap and been consistent this weekend so I'm feeling very confident."