Josh Brookes says he was taken by surprise after discovering he had grabbed his first pole position on the new Milwaukee Yamaha R1 for race one of round three in the MCE British Superbike at Oulton Park.

The Australian grabbed P1 with a 1m 34.946s in qualifying for race one at the Cheshire track but after the session Brookes says he didn't expect the lap to gift him pole position.

"I'm really pleased to get my first pole of the year, it's a nice feather in the cap," Brookes said. "If truth be told I am a bit surprised to get pole because during the earlier sessions we've been up the front but Kiyo and Shakey have often been there as well so I expected them to pull something special out.

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"Going into qualifying we made a small change and I got the bike I was looking for. With the rain coming down in the session I saw 34.9' on my dash and it felt like a clean lap and didn't have any mistakes.

"With the rain coming down I didn't want to go out and crash while I was already on pole trying to set another lap. As it turns out it was fast enough to take first position by point nothing at the end."

The 32-year-old has guided the new Yamaha YZF-R1 to its maiden pole position in British Superbikes and Brookes is satisfied he's found a solid bike setup. The multiple race winner topped the mid-season test at Oulton Park last week but says the track's characteristics have altered over the past seven days.

"We've had to change our setup since the test," he explained. "At the test we had what felt like as perfect a setup as we could imagine but when we arrived here the track conditions had changed. With the rain the track surface has changed so we've had to alter the bike a bit.

"Of course you don't want to go away from what was good but if you can't do the top lap time you've got to move again. So we tried to put the pieces back together but when you are so close it only takes a small change to make a big effect."