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Josh Brookes has obliterated his MCE British Superbike rivals to take an impressive pole position at Assen ahead of the first race of the Showdown.

The BSB championship leader never missed a beat throughout each session by holding a comfortable gap on the chasing pack and grabbed pole with a 1m 35.971s lap to help banish the frustrations of missing out in qualifying at Oulton Park two weeks ago.

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JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Ellison, who announced he will be staying with GBmoto Racing for 2016 earlier in the day, achieved his target of a front row start in second place with Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati's John Hopkins shaking off reliability scares to take third.

Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty enjoyed significant gains with a new swing arm to head the second row while defending BSB champion Shane Byrne could only manage fifth on the grid.

The PBM Kawasaki rider trails Brookes by two points entering the Showdown and will have it all to do on Sunday if he is to overhaul the Milwaukee Yamaha rider's advantage in the title race.

Danny Buchan has continued to impress by taking sixth in qualifying, while fellow rookie Luke Mossey will start seventh despite suffering a low side off at turn eight midway through the top ten shootout.

Jack Kennedy also suffered a nasty crash while on a hot lap in Q3 and had to be taken to the medical centre as a precaution but was still able to grab eighth on the grid ahead of Showdown contender Tommy Bridewell.

Bennetts Suzuki's Christian Iddon did make it into the top ten shootout but was unable to take part after crashing midway through Q2. Despite his team's best efforts to repair his GSX-R1000 he wasn't able to take any part in the final session and will start P10.

Showdown contender Dan Linfoot endured a difficult qualifying after being the only top six rider to miss out on Q3 and will start race one from the middle of the fifth row.

Brookes will grab the headlines and has the opportunity to claim a 'Grand Slam' at Assen having topped all three free practice sessions and each qualifying session.

The BSB championship leader laid down an early marker in Q1 by setting the fastest lap of the weekend, a 1m 36.930s, as all of the top six title fighters comfortably progressed.

Walking wounded Stuart Easton struggled at the fast and flowing Assen circuit, only managing 25th, and the PBM Kawasaki rider says he will review his plans for tomorrow's races with his team but rules himself a 'doubt' to compete in the Netherlands.

In Q2 Brookes once again made vast gains but this time Ellison and Hopkins kept him company as the trio broke the 1m 37s barrier. Showdown contender Dan Linfoot was the first top six rider to drop out and will start race one from the middle of the fifth row.

Almost unbelievably, Brookes still had more to give and became the first BSB rider to duck under the 1m 36s barrier at Dutch circuit.