Qualifying at Oulton Park proved to be something of a mixed bag for the Triumph ValMoto British Supersport team.

Saturday's initial timed session started off well with Jim Moodie and Craig Jones lapping consistently within the top five. However despite the best efforts of the team, time once more became a factor and by the end of Sunday's second session the pair had slipped down the order.

Northwich resident Jones qualified in 15th place at his local circuit while his Scottish team-mate had to settle for 19th on the grid as they each continued their quest for a good base setting.

The rain which fell just before the start of first qualifying served to level the playing field. Both Triumph ValMoto riders found that the set-up problems that have so far hindered the team's progress became less of an issue. In the wet, Jones and Moodie looked likely candidates for front row starts, however a rapidly drying track prompted a switch back to less than ideal dry settings.

"It's very frustrating," admitted Moodie. "We just seem to run out of time whenever we get close to a good set-up. Some of the other teams are able to put on a few clicks here and there and away they go but we're still experimenting in the dying stages of qualifying which doesn't leave us with any time to put in the fast laps. I know that there's at least a second a lap more in the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 around here but we just didn't have time to find it today."

Jones was also disappointed with his grid position but conceded that he is feeling increasingly more comfortable on the bike and is hopeful that he can redress the balance in tomorrow's race.

"I've learned a lot about how to ride the Triumph ValMoto Daytona 600 at Oulton Park," he said. "I've been carrying too much speed into some corners and braking too early into others. I had a big slide on what was shaping up to be my fastest lap that probably cost me half a second and with it a place on the third row. At the end of the day, consistency is what gets results and I feel like I can match the leaders for pace in the race. I'm feeling confident despite qualifying not going to plan, and I'm going to go for it tomorrow, so we'll see what happens then."

 

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