Cal Crutchlow has swept to his fourth pole position of the season at Silverstone after a superb lap mid-way through the final qualifying segment proved enough to demolish the opposition.

Leading an HM Plant Honda 1-2, while team-mate Leon Haslam was tipped for the top spot after dominating free practice, Crutchlow hit form at the right time, his lap of 1min 25.489secs placing him three tenths up on the opposition.

Also a second consecutive pole position for newly-announced Yamaha World Supersport rider Crutchlow, he will be keen to get back to winning ways now having failed to top the podium since Brands Hatch back in May.

A good circuit historically for Honda, Haslam starts directly alongside him in second after finding two tenths on Michael Rutter and Karl Harris, who caused a stir by filling the rest of the front row. Bumping more fancied rivals down onto the second row, both riders were able to slip below the magic 1min 26secs marker.

It means Tom Sykes, Shane Byrne and Leon Camier, who all assumed positions inside the top five for much of the weekend, will make up the second row in fifth, sixth and seventh positions.

For Byrne, in particular, sixth place represents the first time this season he has not started on the front row, although he remains well placed to score the top ten result he needs to be crowned champion in the first race tomorrow.

James Ellison recovered from earlier dramas, one that nearly cost him a place inside the top ten shootout, to claim eighth on the grid, edging out Michael Laverty and Gary Mason, the Cup rider unable to make any improvement on what remains an impressive tenth place on the grid.

Beyond the upper echelons, there were no particular problems for any of the leading riders, although Kawasaki will be frustrated to see all three of their riders miss out on the top ten positions. SMT Honda's Jason O'Halloran also had a disappointing session, the Aussie rider managing 15th on the grid having been troubling the top ten in practice.

The only faller was Guy Martin, who paid the price by missing the cut for Q2, the Hydrex Bike Animal rider being joined outside the top twenty by newly crowned Cup winner John Laverty.