Championship leader Karl Harris finished second behind Stuart Easton in the final qualifying session for the eighth round of the British Supersport Championship at Mondello Park.

The leading four riders were unusually covered by more than a second with Tom Sykes and Michael Laverty completing the front row of the grid.

However, all the attention will be on Karl Harris and Stuart Easton who will undoubtedly start as favourites for the 20-lap race around the 2.27-mile Kildare circuit. Honda Racing's Harris has a 60-point advantage over Easton, but he is unlikely to start the race with his tactical head to the fore.

"I'll be trying hard for another win - that's the only way to approach any race," said the 23-year-old Yorkshireman, with four wins to his name already this season. "There's no point in worrying about the championship at this stage. I've got to focus on winning as many races as I can and the points will take care of themselves.

"I'm fairly happy with second place on the grid, but it's a bit of a shame that I didn't get another crack at pole. I'm getting a good feel for the circuit and have had no problems whatsoever with the Honda Racing CBR600RR.

"We got caught out when it started to rain at the end of the session which prevented me from having a go at Stuart's time. Mind you, second on the grid is fair enough and I'm looking forward to my first race at Mondello."

 

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