Troy Bayliss was a happy man after securing pole position for the tenth round of the World Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch despite an unusual Superpole that negated his advantage in provisional qualifying.
Indeed, having earned himself the opportunity to set the final lap of the Superpole session, the emergence of rain prompted a 'wet session', meaning Bayliss instead had to make his own space on the circuit over the free 50-minute period.
Nonetheless, while Bayliss was threatened by impressive turns from Noriyuki Haga, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Jakub Smrz, the Aussie rider was still able to produce the fastest lap with only 25 seconds on the clock remaining.
Completing a marvellous day for the championship leader after breaking his own lap record during the warm-up session prior to qualifying, Bayliss was especially pleased to prevail in a changeable session that could very well have produced a different result.
"I'm very happy to take pole today in such mixed conditions,” Bayliss, who claimed his fifth pole position in the process, said. “The wet Superpole meant we had twelve laps available during the fifty minute session.
“We decided to wait until the end of the session when the track would have had chance to dry out a bit, and then I went out and did one lap to take a look at the track before going out on a qualifier, with which I did three laps, the last of which was my fastest and just fast enough to take pole.
“We're looking good on the race tyre for tomorrow so I'm pretty confident. I'd like tomorrow to be dry of course, it would make for great racing and be good for all the fans and hopefully we can get a good result!"