Jonathan Rea had a costly fall to blame for missing out on a potential pole position for his home round of the World Superbike Championship at Donington Park.

The Ulsterman looked a strong contender for the top spot as he traded fastest times with Alex Lowes, but a fall coming into the Melbourne hairpin would force him to miss the remaining five minutes of the session.

With lap times continuing to come down as conditions stabilised, WSBK championship leader Rea would slip to eighth position, much to his frustration.

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"It was a tough Superpole for me to finish up eighth, and I don't think we've started from the third row this season. So a really good couple of starts have to be on the menu tomorrow for me to get away with the front guys.

"I made a really costly mistake in the latter stages in a pivotal moment in the session, just when everybody was starting to go really fast. I was feeling really comfortable and setting a really good pace."

Looking ahead to the races, though Rea has a confident wet weather set-up, with dry weather forecast for race day the PATA Honda rider feels somewhat less prepared.

"I'm quite happy with our bike in the rain conditions like we had but with the weekend schedule we've really struggled with dry time.

"With three dry sessions on the bounce we weren't able to spend the evening analysing data from the day to come back strong. I think we're a little under prepared for the race tomorrow but I have confidence that my guys will give me a CBR to battle at the front tomorrow, regardless of the conditions."