Team Renegade Ducati's Michael Rutter, Leon Haslam and Nick Medd all failed to do themselves justice during this afternoon's qualifying session for round 8 of the British Superbike Championship at Mondello Park, Ireland.

In a field of 40 riders, Medd was only able to achieve twenty second spot on the grid, despite early morning promise which saw him running in fifth position during wet practice.

Having struggled with the set-up of his bike all weekend, Medd will now use tomorrow's races to attempt to find the correct data ahead of next weekend's World Superbike event at Brands Hatch, in which all three Renegade riders will compete.

Michael Rutter and Leon Haslam both qualified for the 'Super 12' session, but neither rider was able to improve on seventh and ninth position respectively, attained during the earlier qualifying session around the twisty 2.17 mile circuit.

"Seventh is my worst qualifying for almost two years and it's now going to be hard work tomorrow," said Rutter. "I've got a few changes to make to the bike though, so I'm confident that I can compete at the front if I can get off to a good start in the races."

Still getting used to his Ducati 998 RS02 Testastretta, Leon Haslam continued to show his natural ability in out-qualifying the factory Hondas of Steve Plater and Mark Heckles with a time of 1:42.35, more than seven tenths of a second ahead of his nearest rival Heckles.

Commenting on his performance, Haslam was disappointed. "I'm obviously still getting used to my new bikes but I really expected to qualify a lot better than ninth. It's a busy grid so I'm just going to have to get my head down tomorrow, be aggressive, and see where I can get to."

Tomorrow's Mondello Park timetable features the first Superbike race at 13.15.

 

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