James Ellison says the level of competition at Brands Hatch Indy is so high this weekend he feels any of the front nine riders could win.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider, who stormed to pole position and two race wins last year at the Indy track, was pipped to pole position by Luke Mossey's final flyer by just 0.028s.
In a repeat of round two at Oulton Park, Ellison says he thought his lap had given him pole only to be denied at the chequered flag and pushed into P2 by the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider.
Despite missing out Ellison paid credit to his rival's maiden BSB pole and is confident of repeating his success from last season at the Kent track.
“I seemed to have 45s on tap which is good but we couldn't quite match Luke,” Ellison said. “It was so close at the end and I thought I had pole position at the end like at Oulton Park, crossed the line and saw P1 so was pulling wheelies but when I came around saw I was in the P2 spot.
“Fair play to Luke for putting that lap in at the end I didn't think anyone had enough in the tyres. He obviously has good race pace and these are the boys we are going to fight tomorrow but as you can see with the times it is so close.”
Ellison has also echoed Byrne's comments on the fight at the front being incredibly close and feels any of the riders in the pole shootout could challenge for victory tomorrow.
“Anyone from the front three could win it depending on how the start goes,” he said. “The most important thing is to get away clean as it is tough race. We did win two races here last year but it is not going to be that easy again. We'll dig deep and see what we can produce tomorrow.”