Jonathan Rea admits he was somewhat lucky to be celebrating a fifth World Superbike front row start of the season following a dramatic Superpole at Silverstone.

The Ulsterman was one of the beneficiaries from a decision to restart Superpole as a 20 minute 'wet' session, Rea's final flying lap around the circuit enough to secure him a spot on the front row in third position.

Indeed, Rea admits he only originally went on track in the closing stages to practice a start, but after seeing the track had dried enough to attempt a fast lap, he would do enough to join Eugene Laverty and Carlos Checa on the front row.

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"I almost lucked into that, which wouldn't have been nice, so it was really cool to go out at the end with some dry track so everyone could put in a lap-time. I actually only went out to practice a start but I saw how dry it was out there and thought I'd give it another go.

"It's a good job I did, because I would have been bumped off the front row position that I took with my earlier lap time. It was a little chaotic but I'm quite happy to be on the front row because it's good for the team - we made a big set-up gamble today and I'm looking forward to tomorrow's two long races.

"It's also the last race that my wife Tatia can attend before our baby is due to be born so I hope we can put on a good show!"

Pata Honda Team-mate Leon Haslam, however, had a tougher day of home soil after being unable to get beyond SP2 in 12th position.

"We've been struggling to find the right chassis settings most of the weekend and ended up going in a few wrong directions today. We thought we had something for Superpole but that turned out to be a mistake, even though I don't think it would have changed the result too much if we hadn't tried it. Hopefully, we can rectify that tomorrow and have a good go in the two races."