Tommy Hill will start Saturday's Qatar WSBK races from 20th on the grid after a practice accident left him defenseless during the first stage of the following knockout Superpole session.

The Briton fell from his Althea Honda just minutes before the end of Friday afternoon free practice, forcing a switch to his less familiar spare bike for the start of Superpole. Hill had suffered a similar fate at the Phillip Island season opener.

"I'm disappointed with my Superpole today. I crashed near the end of free practice, damaging my first bike and when Superpole began I was forced to use the second bike," Hill confirmed.

"My second bike setting was not so different, but I needed a few laps to find the right feeling and I was not able to enter the second session of Superpole. Overall I'm confident for tomorrow's race, because in this morning's qualifying practice I improved my lap time and found a good pace.

"With a good start in the races I can improve even more, so I hope to have a good strong consistent finish to each race," Hill concluded.

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