Steve Plater and Mark Heckles both qualified on the third row of the grid for tomorrow's two 30-lap British Superbike Championship races, but the Honda Racing pair felt they could have done better had it not been for incidents not necessarily of their making.

The British duo will start from tenth and twelfth respectively, after an thrill-packed Dunlop Super 12 session where several riders crashed, including Plater, without injury.

"I'd found a great race set-up and was just concentrating on improving my grid position when Gary Mason and I slipped off in the same spot at Druids, following Tom Sykes' crash," he explained, "I'm a bit sore at present, but it's nothing too serious, so I'll be out there tomorrow aiming to get a couple of good results for Honda Racing."

Heckles pointed to tyre wear as the biggest problem in his quest for a front row spot.

"I left it until pretty late in qualifying to put in my best lap of 46.568secs, which ensured I took part in the Super 12 session," he revealed, "I needed to pull something out of the bag and, so, I used a qualifier that offered that bit more grip. However, that left me with only two tyres for the Super 12.

"It's vitally important to be on the first three rows at Brands Hatch and, once I'd achieved this, I worked on race set-up. Confidence does come into play when you're trying to put in the really fast laps and I think I've made a big step forward this afternoon. I'm looking forwards to getting the best possible start in both races tomorrow and am hoping for a decent set of finishes on the VTR1000 SP-2."

 

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