Sean Emmett was eager to make a strong start with his new Virgin Yamaha team, and come Superpole itself he looked to be on course for a top of the timesheets spectacle - until he suffered a huge slide at the perilous 120mph Church corner.

The big moment caused the London-based rider to roll off the throttle of his Yamaha R1 Superbike for a split second or run the risk of running off track: "That cost me a big chunk of time. Coming out of that bend you need to keep all your momentum to be able to carry fast speed up the hill that follows it.

"It is a little frustrating but then that's the way Superpole goes sometimes, we managed to find a very good race set-up during qualifying and I know I can lap at what should be front running pace tomorrow. Which is the most important thing."

The brace of big bike races sees Emmett starting from sixth place on the grid with fellow Virgin Yamaha rider Steve Plater alongside in seventh.

Plater also suffered the slippery demons on his Superpole lap, but looked to be much improved on the discipline that has caused him some problems this year: "I felt much happier on the bike in that session. I think I was riding pretty well but I had a couple of slides and that cost me time - second row of the grid is OK here though. The trick is to get away with the front group and hang on to them.

"The run up the hill turns into a skill of slipstream during the races so anything can happen come race day," he added.

Teammate Simon Crafar was on sizzling form throughout the qualifying sessions, running at the top of the timesheets throughout the afternoon. As with the other two riders Simon also suffered a lack of grip due to the changeable track conditions on his one-lap dash and paid the price with time, coming home tenth fastest.

"I like the circuit; it's been ten years since I rode here and it is every bit as mad as I remember," smiled Crafer. "The grip was a bit loose out there during Superpole and I was a little outside my best time of the day which is a bit frustrating.

"But saying that we know that the races are going to be close and full of passing. It's up to me to be in the middle of it tomorrow," he concluded.

 

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