Josh Brookes says he stopped 'chasing a unicorn' and got the job done to grab pole position in qualifying at Cadwell Park with lap record pace on his Milwaukee Yamaha.

The MCE British Superbike championship leader says he used FP3 to experiment with the set-up for his Yamaha R1 after discovering a solid race package on Friday and despite topping the session on Saturday morning he ended up going slower than his FP2 lap time.

To make matters worse, the Australian suffered a small crash at the chicane section in the final practice session which he says effected his confidence heading into qualifying.

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"All weekend I've been fast and I had a little slip off in the final practice," Brookes said. "We were chasing a unicorn I think because the bike was already quite good. We didn't really gain and in fact we lost a little bit which knocked my confidence.

"It doesn't matter how well you go it will affect your confidence so in Q1 and Q2 I was taking it steady to build up the speed and then Q3 I gave it everything."

Brookes' pole lap, a 1m 26.433s, smashed the race lap record set in 2007 by Leon Haslam and pulled out almost half a second on second place rider Danny Buchan. Despite his time cushion the Milwaukee Yamaha rider says he was made to work for pole.

"I'm actually sweating today, in England I'm sweating and I'm from Australia! I was certainly working hard for it today in the sun."