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Josh Brookes has put himself in prime position to secure a maiden MCE British Superbike championship by placing his Milwaukee Yamaha on pole for race one at Brands Hatch.
The BSB leader needs to outscore Shane Byrne by just three points in race one at the season finale to secure the title with two races to spare and starts off pole after spits of rain produced a premature ending to qualifying.
The top ten shootout riders were able to set one flying lap before the rain prevented anyone from going faster, meaning Brookes' first-lap flyer was enough to take pole. Byrne's first lap has grabbed him the middle of the second row and will have it all to do against the Milwaukee Yamaha squad after it secured a one-two on the grid with Jakub Smrz in second.
Byrne's PBM Kawasaki team-mate Danny Buchan stuck himself on the outside of the front row with Bennetts Suzuki Christian Iddon just ahead of Byrne with John Hopkins completing the second row.
FP3 timesheet topper James Ellison grabbed seventh on the grid ahead of Tyco BMW's Michael Laverty, Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Luke Mossey and Smiths Racing BMW's Billy McConnell.
Earlier in the qualifying shootout BSB Riders' Cup leader Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper suffered a nasty off down Cooper straight and had to be helped off the circuit by medical staff. The Nottinghamshire rider had done enough to progress into Q2 but was unable to take part due to injury and will start race one in 20th.
Meanwhile, Brookes marched on taking provisional pole and pulled out nearly 0.6s on the chasing pack in Q1. The BSB championship leader once again went quickest in the middle qualifying session with lap record pace in the dry while his nearest challenger in Q1 and Q2 Hopkins closed the gap to a third of a second.
Heading into Q3 the tension was ever so slightly increased as drops of rain were recorded in sectors three and four which meant the top ten riders in the shootout anxiously tested the circuit on their outlaps.
Every rider was able to set an opening flyer in the shootout but as the light rain persisted and spread into all of the sectors none of the riders could improve, handing Brookes pole position for race one and match point in the championship.