Having been cleared to compete following his heavy accident in Friday practice, points leader Shane Byrne maintained his record of qualifying on the front row for every round of the 2008 Bennetts British Superbike Championship with the third quickest time in qualifying at Croft.
Byrne suffered a heavy fall at the chicane during the second free practice session on Friday which left him nursing an injury to his shoulder and also cost him a number of teeth.
Having been cleared to compete by the medical team at the circuit, Byrne was one of a number of riders to sit out the Saturday morning practice session due to the tricky circuit conditions, but he was on form in qualifying to go third quickest behind Cal Crutchlow and Michael Rutter – although he admitted he had hoped for more.
“I was hoping to go a bit quicker today but I am happy enough with that,” 'Shakey' reflected. “I had quite an unusual moment early on in the session, when the teeth that I had fixed back in following my crash yesterday came out in my mouth! I went out and had done two or three laps when I had to come back into the pit lane and hand some of my teeth to my slightly surprised mechanic!
“Other than that I am feeling ok, I have bit of a bruise on the shoulder and leg from yesterday but nothing too serious and I am confident for a good performance for Airwaves Ducati tomorrow.”
Team-mate Leon Camier improved his times throughout the session and his quickest lap was good enough to secure sixth on the grid, and he admitted that his focus was on a trip to the podium.
“I am alright with sixth place; I knocked nearly a second off my times from yesterday so I am pretty happy with that,” he said. “My race pace is good and I have been fairly consistent on the Airwaves Ducati today. I am hoping its dry tomorrow so I can concentrate on getting a good start and overtaking well; my aim is to get back on the podium for the Airwaves Ducati team.”