Steve Hislop claimed his first Dunlop Superpole success of the season amid a dominant qualifying performance during which the 39-year-old Scot twice bettered his own lap record as his MonsterMob Ducati topped the leaderboard.

The champion of 1995 provided a lap of breathtaking speed and quality in the morning's one hour timed session, clocking the fastest-ever lap of the 2.249mile International circuit, in a time of 1m 21.428s, an average speed of 99.56mph, and half-a-second faster than the man he trails by 17 points in the title stakes, John Reynolds, the double winner of the opening round.

That super-quick lap earned Hislop the right to go last of the twelve riders in the Superpole session and he had to be at his best to head off the determined Reynolds. Despite an anxious moment on the approach to Woodcote, when his Red Bull Ducati twitched wickedly out of line, Reynolds put in a lap of 1m 22.483s.

The pressure was on Hislop, but he responded superbly, with an inch perfect lap, again running half-a-second faster than Reynolds, as he recorded a time of 1m 21.967s, 98.90mph. The two start alongside each other on the front row completed by Steve Plater (Kawasaki) and Sean Emmett (Red Bull Ducati).

Clarion Suzuki rider John Crawford, third in the points, had a disappointing Superpole, slipping from third to sixth place on the grid, while James Haydon, having highsided spectacularly off his Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha in the morning, suffering a minor neck strain, had to settle for seventh best time and a second row start.

Shane Byrne, the double-winner at Donington Park in the Privateers Cup, maintained the pace, setting tenth best time overall, to head the independent challenge, ahead of Lee Jackson and Gordon Blackley.

Supersport Championship riders suffered again at the hands of light rain and strong winds as 'Wet Superpole' was declared and a 40-minute, 12 lap maximum qualifying session commenced. John McGuiness made the best of difficult conditions riding for Castrol Honda Britain, to take Pole position with a best lap time of 1m27.958s, Paul Young's Suzuki joins him on the front row of the grid along with McGuiness' team mate Kirk McCarthy and V&M Honda-rider Matt Llewellyn.


Dave Jeffries claimed pole ahead of tomorrows British Superstock race recording a 1m.27.057s lap time, while James Hutchins took the front spot in the Junior Superstock class aboard the Suzuki GSX-600. Jason Disalvo claimed pole position in the British 250cc and Australian Casey Stoner heads the grid ahead of race two of the British 125cc Championship.



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