Loris Baz admits he is suffering from a conflict of emotions following Superpole at Silverstone, the youngster scoring a career-best fourth on the grid on a day he very nearly qualified on pole position.

A bizarre Superpole session, Baz was in fine form throughout, showing his hand early on by topping SP2 before shadowing his team-mate Tom Sykes in SP3 by breaking the previous lap record en route to what looked like being a Kawasaki 1-2.

However, Baz's joy was shortlived when the session was stopped due to impending rain and restarted as a 'wet' session with all previous lap times deleted.

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Forced to start all over again, Baz channelled his frustrations into going quickest at the beginning of the new 20 minute session, the Frenchman seemingly staring at a maiden pole position as moisture in the air prevented anyone else from going quicker.

Unfortunately for Baz, however, the lengthy session would allow time for the rain to cease and the track to dry just enough for the riders to attempt a last gasp flying lap.

Joining his rivals on track as he attempted to defend his position, Baz was quick again but a slower rider in front would ultimately prevent him from improving his lap time. Sadly for him, Eugene Laverty, Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea would go faster, demoting him to fourth.

His best ever qualifying performance, a positive Baz was pleased to be up towards the front, but admits it was unfortunate he missed out on the chance of the front row twice-over.

"I do not know whether to be happy or gutted! This morning when I woke up I never thought that I would be able to get fourth place after Superpole. Honestly I do not understand the rule that we have to stop in Superpole three and then have 20 minutes of 'wet' Superpole.

"All the same I made a very good time in Superpole - can I say - Superpole 'four'. Then the track dried out near the end and I was able to take the top position again, until I got stuck behind another rider in two crucial corners.

"That was a big shame and maybe it just was not my day. I am really confident for tomorrow now and I want to thank my team who did a mega job yet again."