While his fifth World Superbike pole position of the season at Silverstone came as little surprise to some, Cal Crutchlow's MotoGP-rivalling lap time does warrant an altogether more significant mention.
Coming out on top of the much anticipated all-British battle for pole position, Crutchlow was scintillating throughout Superpole as he topped SP1 and SP2 before pumping in an outstanding 2mins 04.091secs during the shootout.
Not only was he seven tenths faster than Jonathan Rea in second position, his effort would have placed him fifth on the grid for the Silverstone MotoGP race earlier this season – ahead of Ben Spies and Colin Edwards on the Tech 3 Yamahas…
Furthermore, Crutchlow speculates that he could have gone faster and broken into the 2mins 03secs bracket, but would be forced to lament a final sector error.
“It is nice to have pole again, especially here at our home race, I had it last year at Donington as well. Coming back to the new Silverstone circuit is really good, it is a little but bumpy but not too bad. The lap time in Superpole was pretty good, I was absolutely desperate to do a 2.03, that was the target and the whole team were pumping me up to try it as it is the MotoGP pole time.
“Unfortunately I made a mistake coming out of the fast left-handers so it was not to be. I think there are a lot of fast people here this weekend so it should be close exciting racing tomorrow. All credit to the Yamaha team they have delivered a really good package this weekend so I am looking forward to the racing.”
While Crutchlow has started from pole position at five out of ten events this season, he is yet to score a WSBK win.