MSS Kawasaki ZX-6R Supersport rider Pete Jennings is on track for his second Oulton Park podium of the year. The gritty Yorkshireman achieved a fifth-placed start for Sunday's race, despite a minor mishap in the second timed session of the day. His Kawasaki ZX-9R-mounted team-mate Steve Allan was again unlucky, but is still set to start his race from 14th on the grid at a circuit where he has proven that he can make up a great deal of places when it comes to the crunch.

Jennings was definitely on form for the 12th round qualifying sessions and had been third on the time sheets for the majority of the day. Such was his confidence in his machinery, that he began to push for the top spot on the grid, only to suffer a front-end slide at Shell Oils Corner that ended with a trip through the gravel.

"I was going really well," said Jennings, "but I began to notice a bit of chatter and as I began to up the pace it got progressively worse. The front just got away from me at the hairpin and I slid off the circuit. The bike was hardly damaged and I was able to ride it back to pitlane and jump on my spare for the rest of the session. That took the edge off my assault but I still held on to fifth place. I like this track and know that I've got what it takes to run at the front, so there's everything to play for tomorrow."

After once more suffering at the hands of Lady Luck, Steve Allan must be starting to think that he is cursed. The talented Scotsman had been steadily increasing his times throughout the second qualifying session of the day until he entered pit lane to fit a new tyre for a final ten-lap charge.

"We always use a part-worn tyre for the first half of the session," explained Allan, "and I was winding up for a few fast laps so I came in to get a fresh tyre. I didn't immediately realise that something was up when I went back out but I just couldn't go any faster. I slowed to see if I could feel anything out of the ordinary and noticed that the rear of the bike felt very choppy, so I came in to take a look. I don't know what the problem was but everything seemed back to normal when I got back out and I went faster than before - unfortunately I only had time for that one fast lap. It was pretty unlucky but I'm not overly concerned because I know that I can get through the pack in the race if I get a good start and then get stuck in."

 

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