Jason O'Halloran felt he was riding right on the edge and is delighted to secure his best MCE British Superbike qualifying result of second place.

The Honda Racing rider acted as test subject at the beginning of the pole shootout as he was first out on track after the sudden rain downpour midway through Q2. The Australian was conscious it would be pointless to push too hard and risk crashing so opted to run a conservative strategy to claim a front row spot between Shane Byrne and his team-mate Dan Linfoot.

"Fair play to my team they said lets go out with two minutes to go so you can get an out lap before the time actually starts to count for qualifying," O'Halloran said. "I nearly went down twice on my first out lap which unnerved me a little bit but I built into it and worked up to it like I would in the wet.

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"To be honest the last lap was as dry as it was ever going to be so we gave it a right go. I got close but for me I'm over the moon to be on the front row in BSB. This has been my best starting place of the year so I'm really happy."

The 27-year-old will now aim to convert his best qualifying performance into strong results for his factory Honda squad and feels he's found a solid race setup with his CBR1000RR.

"We've had good pace in the free practice before qualifying so I think we can have a good couple of races tomorrow so I'm looking forward to it," he added.