Josh Brookes says he's ready to take the fight to the two PBM Kawasaki riders and feels his Milwaukee Yamaha R1 has strong and consistent race pace after securing a front row start at Knockhill.

The Australian rider had been playing second fiddle to Shane Byrne and Stuart Easton during the free practice sessions run in dry conditions and it duly continued as he took third place on the grid behind the PBM Kawasaki duo.

The factory Yamaha rider insists he is in an upbeat frame of mind for Sunday despite missing out on pole and feels the steady and fast laps he put in during qualifying, repeatedly notching up 48.3s and 48.2s, gives him strong potential in the races.

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"It is very close at the top. I'm quite pleased with my lap time today," Brookes said. "I stretched it out lap, after lap, after lap, and my last lap was my best in qualifying over six or eight laps.

"My consistency has been good and the plan we've had since the start of the weekend has worked out well. We've got a good consistent pace on the tyre and using less fuel so we can carry less at the start of the race. There are a lot of positives to come out of it."

Brookes did admit he was a little disappointed to miss out on pole position but is fully focusing on the plus points he can use tomorrow.

"I'm actually quite pleased to do that lap time," he said. "Little bit bummed not to get pole but I've got to look at the positives of which there are a lot at the moment with the bike and what I can do with it."