Qualifying at Thruxton for round three of the British Supersport Championship saw Karl Harris maintain the same form that has put him and Honda Racing at the top of the British Supersport Championship points table. The 23-year-old Yorkshireman was consistently fast throughout the two timed sessions and will start Sunday's race from second place on the grid. The only rider to better the 2001 British Supersport Champion was in fact the winner of the 2002 title, Stuart Easton.

Harris' front row start is testament to the strength of the Honda Racing CBR600RR. The new machine has exclusively occupied the top two starting positions at every round of the championship so far. His best time of 1:17.689 was almost one and a half seconds inside the Thruxton lap record, highlighting the tremendous advances that Honda has made in motorcycle technology for the 2003 season. In all, five riders dipped inside the lap record despite low temperatures and strong winds, proving precisely how fierce the competition is in the Supersport class.

"To be honest, qualifying went really smoothly," said Harris. "The Honda Racing CBR600RR is so easy to ride through Thruxton's sweeping curves that I didn't even need a slipstream on my fast lap. If I'd got a tow I could have gone even faster but a front row start is what really counts. I'm feeling very confident about my prospects in the race because I know how much work the team has put in during the last week to improve the bike even further in time for Thruxton. With such a good bike and team behind me it's only right that I give it 100%. The Honda Racing package is so strong that I'm pretty relaxed about my chances of victory tomorrow."



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