Having previously qualified on the front row on 19 occasions without ever starting from pole position, Eugene Laverty is finally celebrating after securing a long-awaited maiden Superpole success at Silverstone.

A frustrating theme of Laverty's burgeoning World Superbike career, the Irishman has even gotten as close as 0.001secs to pole position without ever securing the elusive top spot. Indeed, such a statistic is made all the more remarkable by the fact Laverty has started on the front row on 19 occasions out of just 34 attempts.

Nonetheless, after so many attempts, it was arguably fitting that Laverty would claim pole position at Silverstone after a somewhat bizarre conclusion to Superpole would see SP3 halted because of rain, restarted as a 'wet' 20 minute session and come down to a last gasp single-lap dash in the final seconds.

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Keeping his cool, the Aprilia rider would pump in the quickest lap to deny Carlos Checa and Jonathan Rea, in turn finally breaking his duck.

"I have been waiting for my first Superpole for so long. After so many front row starts it was about time! I'm quite pleased. I'm sure we were also a bit lucky, but that's the way it goes.

"In the two sessions today we showed in any case that we have a really good race pace in the dry, so tomorrow we should be able to ride two great races."