Sean Emmett managed to keep his title hopes alive for tomorrow's brace of big bike races with a fine single-lap shoot-out time in today's Superpole session at Donington Park.

As a preview for the final two races of the series tomorrow the last Superpole was a frustrating time for Team Appleyard/Virgin Mobile Aiwa Yamaha as Sean's time was just bumped off the front row.

His 1m 32.965 best looked to be good enough to secure the crucial front row start that is so valued in the Superbike class. Indeed, for the majority of the timed sessions both Sean and Steve Plater had enjoyed places toward the top of the timesheets, proving their race pace throughout the changing conditions at the demanding Derby circuit.

Sean will now start the races from fifth place on the grid, the start of the second row being his place by just 0.16s.

'I was looking for a front row here but it wasn't to be. I made a couple of errors and they cost me a bit of time. It wasn't a huge deal but that fraction of a second would have meant being in the front row.

'I'll be trying the usual 110 percent in the races tomorrow. All I'll need is a good start and I'll be happy. We have been working on race set-up through qualifying and I am happy that we have a good set-up for the races.'

Plater's Superpole didn't go according to plan, fifth fastest at the end of the preceding sessions Steve was looking for a solid outing in the one-lap shoot-out.

'I made a mistake early on in the lap and that cost me some time. Basically the lap didn't come together for me and I ended up 13th on the grid.

'Not good but I have come through from this far on the grid and bagged some results before so I'll be going for it tomorrow.'

Simon Crafar also suffered the gremlins on his flying lap, scoring a time just 0.15s slower than Steve to take 14th fastest time.

 

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