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Josh Brookes has converted his dominant free practice pace into pole position for race one at Cadwell Park, fending off the challenge from Danny Buchan while Tommy Bridewell snatches the final front row spot from Luke Mossey.
The MCE British Superbike championship leader topped every free practice session at the Lincolnshire track and on just his second hot lap in Q3 left the rest trailing in his wake by setting the fastest lap of the weekend, a 1m 26.433s, two-tenths under the existing race lap record.
Be Wiser Kawasaki's Buchan, who had topped both Q1 and Q2, looked to respond to Brookes but was unable to match the blistering pace of the BSB championship leader, eventually ending qualifying nearly half a second back.
Tyco BMW's Bridewell, a winner at Cadwell Park last year, stole third place from Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Mossey by 0.004s as the chequered flag fell on qualifying for his second front row start of the season. Local rider Peter Hickman, who also claimed a race win at the circuit in 2014, rounded out the top five.
Smiths Racing BMW's Billy McConnell recovered from a nasty off in FP3 to take sixth spot with Michael Laverty, James Westmoreland and Martin Jessopp making up the third row on the grid.
Most notably, PBM Kawasaki rider Shane Byrne was knocked out of the top ten shootout by Team WD-40 Kawasaki's Jack Kennedy at the end of Q2 and the defending BSB champion will start tomorrow's race one from the middle of the fourth row, with the Irishman in tenth.
At the start of Q2 Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon took a tumble at Park corner but was given an authorised restart for the session and duly returned to the pits for his mechanics to check the damage. Elsewhere Honda Racing also had work to do on Dan Linfoot's machine.
Both Linfoot and Iddon were able to get out of the pits and put in a hot lap but both had lost too much time and ended the session 14th and 16th respectively.
Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati rider John Hopkins scraped into Q2 but was unable to set a lap after suffering an off in Q1. Hopkins was unable to return to the action which saw him helplessly bumped down to 18th.
With the two minutes of the opening knockout round remaining Bennetts Suzuki's Josh Waters and Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari were hunting a time to beat the American and progress to Q2 but both were unable to find vital tenths and subsequently eliminated in 19th and 20th respectively.