Triumph ValMoto's Craig Jones will make his first ever Supersport start from 11th place on the grid. His team-mate Jim Moodie was unlucky to find himself on the fourth row - a position that the vastly experienced Scot is not particularly familiar with.

Neither rider claimed to be satisfied with their final ranking however the signs are that both will improve on these when it truly matters - in the all-important race on Sunday.

Although his qualifying work was ultimately blighted by a double dose of bad luck, Craig Jones' performance throughout the day impressed many. The 18-year-old reigning Junior Superstock Champion took his Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 to a provisional seventh place start in the first qualifying session.

He then went on to better that time in the second session but found himself losing out in the dying moments when his fastest laps were spoiled: first when Michael Laverty's Honda engine exploded and dropped oil, bringing out the yellow flags; and then when he got held up by some slower riders.

"Things were going really well," said Jones. "I had a set-up that I was pretty happy with and was building up to a big finish but things just didn't really go my way. The first soft tyre got wasted while I was riding round under the yellow flags and when I put another one on I got held up in traffic. I was expecting to be further up the order but these things happen and I'm not going to let it affect my performance tomorrow. If I get a good start and keep my head down it shouldn't be too hard to make up the places in the race."

Jim Moodie had felt confident that he was on course to mark Triumph's return to racing with a front row start. However, it was the very same steely determination that he has become famous for that ultimately put his goal out of reach and will see him start from 16th place on the grid.

"The simple explanation is that I just tried too hard," admitted the double British Supersport Champion. "I wasn't happy with the settings on my first bike but I stuck with it for far too long and tried to ride through the problem. My second bike was spot-on but I didn't leave enough time to show what it could do.

"It always gets pretty crazy in the last few minutes of qualifying and when I eventually did get out with a soft tyre I found myself getting held up and then trying too hard, carrying too much cornerspeed and not using the Pirelli rubber properly. The mad thing is that I'll go faster in morning practice tomorrow than I did in that session. And the race will be a different story altogether."

 

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