MonsterMob Ducati's new recruit Shane Byrne just missed out on pole position in qualification for the first round of the British Superbike Championship powered by Halls at Silverstone, Northamptonshire this afternoon.

The 26 year old from Minster, Kent qualified the new factory specification Ducati F02 in provisional pole in the qualifying session to go through to the Dunlop Super 12 - whereby the top 12 qualifiers battle it out for pole position in a 15 minute final session.

Byrne just missed out to finish in second place from Michael Rutter who took pole position in a time of 1 minute 26.235 seconds.

"I made a little bit of a mistake on the last lap and I wasn't quite quick enough," noted Byrne. "Hopefully we can get a good start and away we go tomorrow."

Team-mate, Supersport rider Stuart Easton also just missed out on pole from the Honda of Karl Harris.

The 18 year-old Scot was fastest in the first qualifying session and ended up qualifying the Ducati 748 in second place in the final session.

"I would have liked to have been on pole instead of second but before I came here my aim was to be on the front row," said Easton. "I lost my rhythm a bit at one stage but managed to pull a quick lap out there. Its going to be a tough year all year, hopefully I can be up there tomorrow."

Team owner Paul Bird was pleased with his team's performance. "I'm happy enough with both riders on the front row and I know we can go faster under race conditions tomorrow," concluded the Penrith businessman.



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