Steve Hislop clipped more than a second off his qualifying best as he out ran Sean Emmett in Superpole at the Silverstone International circuit on Sunday.

Monster Mob Ducati rider Steve Hislop showed that he will be a tough man to beat in this year's MCN British Superbike Championship as he blitzed the rest of a very close pack in Superpole on Sunday ahead of the opening two races of the 2002 Championship at Silverstone International.

After a slow start in the wet first qualifying session on Sunday morning, Hislop went into Superpole in second place behind Emmett's IFC Racing Ducati where the 40 year old Scot was able to really stretch the legs of his newer Ducati 998RS and beat Emmett's best qualifying time by more than seven tenths of a second. Hislop stopped the clocks at 1 minute 21.180 seconds, more than 1.2 seconds quicker than his earlier qualifying effort.

As the last man out in Superpole, Emmett knew his task was almost pointless but he still gave it his all and secured a comfortable second place on the grid, four tenths quicker than defending Champion John Reynolds on his Rizla Suzuki.

Reynolds and fellow Suzuki rider John Crawford will complete the front row in what looks to be a highly competitive field of 28 riders. However despite sterling performances in practice and qualifying both Reynolds and Crawford appear to be a little bit short of the Ducati's when the Italian machines are on song.

Renegade Racing's Michael Rutter and Dienza Performance's Dean Thomas gave Ducati further weight in numbers at the head of the field with fifth and sixth fastest times respectively ahead of Simon Crafar's Virgin Mobile Yamaha and Glen Richards' impressive Hawk Kawasaki.

Further down the order, Steve Plater will start eleventh on the second Virgin Yamaha while Shane Byrne on the second Renegade Ducati failed to set a time and will have to fight his way up from 16th on the grid.



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