Eugene Laverty will start from the front row of the World Superbike grid for fifth time this season after just missing out on a maiden pole position at Silverstone.

The Irishman has shown impressive qualifying form this year and has started ten races from the head of the grid, though he is yet to do it from the 'number one' slot.

Even so, Laverty came out fighting at Silverstone, the Yamaha rider even breaking predecessor Cal Crutchlow's lap record with his best lap.

However, Laverty's hopes of pole position would be scuppered by an equally inspired lap from John Hopkins, the American going less than three hundredths of a second faster. Nonetheless, Laverty has high hopes for the races.

"It was a close lap time to Hopkins, in the last session it was pretty much a perfect lap, I thought I had it but John did an even better one and deserved it. I'm happy with the second place, in the race it looks like we can be strong.

"The four guys in the front row will be strongest so if I can get a good getaway it'll be a good fight."

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