The Team Renegade Ducati pairing of Michael Rutter and Sean Emmett put in superb performances to claim second and third positions on the grid for tomorrow's two British Superbike Championship races at Snetterton in Norfolk.

Riding his Ducati 998F02 machine Rutter ran at the front throughout Friday practice and Saturday qualifying becoming only the second ever rider to lap the 1.952 mile Norfolk circuit in less than 66 seconds with an awesome 1:05.962 second lap, an average speed of over 106mph.

"I wanted pole position really bad but it just didn't play into our hands today. The lap time was good but I know we can do better and I'm disappointed not to be first because we should have been. I think tomorrow it will be between me, my team-mate Sean and Shane Byrne, but there are two 25-lap races which I'm sure are going to be close, so we'll have to wait and see." said Rutter.

Sean Emmett bounced back from a disastrous start to the season at Silverstone, where he failed to finish either race, to claim third position on the grid for tomorrow's races. Over the course of the weekend the team have made excellent progress in dialling in the Renegade Ducati 998F02, with Emmett now looking both comfortable and quick on the 2002 factory machine.

"The main priority today was to achieve a good race set-up and get on the front row, which we've done," commented Emmett. "We're still trying a few little things on the bike, but we have nothing major to try - maybe a couple of clicks on the suspension for warm-up - but I'm happy... bring it on!"

Nick Medd the third Superbike rider in the Team Renegade Ducati squad claimed 18th position on the grid, despite suffering the affects of a broken right collarbone sustained a month ago. Medd worked on machine set-up in qualifying; this weekend being the first real opportunity to fine-tune the Renegade Ducati 998 RS02 since recovering the strength in his injured shoulder.

"The shoulder is still feeling sore; it's a catch 22 situation as the harder I ride the more it hurts! It's the braking that is a real problem, especially here at such a fast circuit. The bike is awesome, it wheelies everywhere and I'm looking forward to being fully fit and getting the bike set-up to suit my style." said Medd.

Team Renegade Ducati's sole Supersport contender, Leon Haslam, will start tomorrow's race from second on the grid, after losing out on pole in the dying moments of today's final qualifying session. After setting the fastest time in every session throughout the weekend, Haslam was eventually forced to concede pole position when the red flag came out to halt final qualifying with just three minutes to go.

"I was on a flying lap when the session was red flagged," said Haslam. "We tried to get out for one more flyer when the circuit was reopened, but everyone else had exactly the same idea and I got held up a couple of times. We've been fastest in every session, so losing out on pole position right at the end was a bit disappointing, but I guess I'm happy enough with a front row start for tomorrow's race. If I can get away with the leading group from the start then we should be in for another good result."

 

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