Shane Byrne was playing down his fall in qualifying for the latest round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, the series leader insisting he was pushing just a little too hard for pole position.
Byrne has been imperious on the Airwaves Ducati this season but in his attempts to usurp Michael Rutter's then provisional pole position time, he slid off at the wet Scotsman bend.
Blaming the incident on running slightly wide and clipping the slippery painted line, Byrne was unhurt in the crash but while he made it back to the pit lane in time to jump on his spare bike, he was unable to make an improvement on his time.
Nonetheless, Byrne was satisfied with third on the grid behind Leon Haslam and Rutter, not least because his closest title rivals still sit behind him on the startline.
“Front row is fine by me! I was happy with my pace early on and knew that I could go quicker if I needed to, so when I saw that Michael Rutter had gone a few thousandths faster than me I wanted to go out there and push harder.
“The track had started to dry and I was on new tyres so was feeling really confident, but I was carrying a bit too much corner speed and realised straight away that I was going to go wide. Sure enough I hit the white line on the kerb and the bike just spat me off over the top. It was my mistake but I'm absolutely fine.
“My aim was to get pole position for Airwaves Ducati today, but the team has worked hard to give me a really good set up for both the wet and the dry so I'm feeling positive about the two races tomorrow whatever the weather.”
Leon Camier, meanwhile, was satisfied to secure sixth on the grid after a weekend spent building his confidence around the Scottish circuit. Although he was hoping to sneak onto the front row, Camier still has high hopes for the races.
“I've been improving my times and my position on the timesheets all weekend so was really hoping to get on the front row of the grid for tomorrow's races. It was good to get some time on track in the wet practice session this morning before going into qualifying as it gave us an idea as to how the Airwaves Ducati would perform.
“I'm feeling good around here but I'm struggling on the final corner and it is ruining my whole lap time. I've worked with my engineer to understand what needs to change in order to improve, so I'm looking forward to warm-up tomorrow to put those changes into action.”