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Shane Byrne has stormed back to form with a blistering pole position lap at Oulton Park while his main MCE British Superbike championship rival Josh Brookes suffered a dreadful qualifying with an engine blow out and will start race one 30th on the grid.
The defending BSB champion had appeared to be making a strong return to form after struggling in the last two rounds and destroyed the opposition on his way to pole position with a 1m 34.469s. Byrne's joy will be doubled after BSB championship leader Brookes endured a nightmare in qualifying and will start race one at Oulton Park from 30th.
The Milwaukee Yamaha rider trundled around on a slow out lap at the start of Q1 and returned to the pits with a suspected engine fault. His team immediately diagnosed a terminal problem with the Yamaha R1's engine and hauled down the garage shutters to begin an engine change ahead of this afternoon's race.
Joining Byrne on the front row will be Showdown contenders Tommy Bridewell and James Ellison but such was the PBM Kawasaki rider's dominance Byrne held almost four-tenths on Bridewell in second.
Be Wiser Kawasaki's Danny Buchan continued to prove himself as a top ten contender in his rookie BSB season by grabbing the head of the second row in front of Billy McConnell and Luke Mossey.
Despite a broken leg Team WD-40 Kawasaki's Jack Kennedy took an impressive seventh ahead of a resurgent Christian Iddon on the Bennetts Suzuki and Dan Linfoot for Honda Racing.
John Hopkins, who topped Friday free practice on the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati, suffered a scare midway through the top ten shootout with a moment at Cascades which he was unable to recover from and will start 10th.
Elsewhere on the grid it was also a disastrous qualifying session for Peter Hickman who suffered a high speed crash at Island bend in the opening five minutes of Q1, while Be Wiser Kawasaki's Chris Walker, who is set to celebrate his 300th BSB race start, was bumped out at the end of the first session and will start 21st.
The drama continued into Q2 when Stuart Easton took a tumble at Cascades and limped away very gingerly. The PBM Kawasaki rider was making his comeback from injury after a horrific crash at Brands Hatch in July and will start race one from 20th.
Easton's team-mate Byrne had no such trouble in the second session after breaking the existing lap record with a 1m 34.868s to send out a bold message to his rivals ahead of the top ten shootout.
Despite Bridewell being able to eclipse Byrne with his opening flyer in Q3, Byrne demonstrated he still had more to give by finding an extra 0.4s to announce his return to form in style.