Jakub Smrz has set himself the target of 'staying with the leading pack' during the two World Superbike races at Silverstone after qualifying on the front row in only his second race aboard the Aprilia RSV-4.

Following a baptism of fire with the bike last time out at Brno, Smrz was on superb form during Superpole as he cruised into the shootout before snatching a position on the front row of the grid.

Out-qualifying the factory bike of Max Biaggi, the result goes a long way to justifying the B&G Racing team's decision to defect from Ducati to Aprilia mid-season. The Czech rider is now hoping he can translate that into strong race results following a run of poor luck.

"We made a huge step forward compared to Brno and I feel more comfortable than ever before on the Aprilia. I'm more confident and we can see the results and so my goal for tomorrow is to do just as well as today, but I have to make a good start and stay in the leading pack until the chequered flag."