Series leader Steve Hislop took a tumble during qualifying, but hit back brilliantly to take Superpole and start at the head of the field for the double race second round of the 2002 Motor Cycle News British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

The 40-year old Scot was unhurt when his MonsterMob Ducati slid out of line as he powered through the tight Druids Bend in the final minute of the second qualifying session, but his pride was a little more dented.

"It was disappointing and annoying," he said, "I was trying to put in a fast lap as part of the preparations for the Superpole session."

Hislop had to use his spare machine for the grid deciding single lap against the clock, and was given a stiff target by Renegade Ducati rider Michael Rutter, who put in a 46.231secs lap of the 1.22mile Kent circuit, but he responded with a measured performance, lapping just inside the record, and 0.017secs faster than his rivals.

Sean Emmett, who goes into the races four points down on Hislop in the overall championship, put his IFC Ducati onto the front row of the grid, third fastest, in 46.313secs. Team-mate Paul Brown was a remarkable fourth, after riding in intense pain with two broken fingers on his right hand, sustained in a crash during morning qualifying.

John Reynolds, the defending champion, also took a tumble, but put his Rizla Suzuki into fifth place on the grid with a lap of 46.439secs. Glen Richards excelled, powering his Hawk Kawasaki into sixth place after picking up five places in Superpole

The second row of the grid is completed by Renegade's Shane Byrne and newly Phones4U-sponsored Dean Thomas.



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