Final qualifying for the first round of the British Superbikes at Silverstone saw Michael Rutter pip Sean Emmett to pole with a new lap record at the Silverstone International circuit.

Conditions were dry for the second British Superbike qualifying session at Silverstone, and after the relatively slow times from the wet qualifying this morning, the scene was set for a mad rush before the rain struck again.

Sean Emmett took the lead early on, but Michael Rutter and John Reynolds were never far behind. Emmett, Rutter and Reynolds swapped the lead each time they went out to the point where the pole time set by Rutter at the dying stages of the session was nearly one tenth of a second faster than the lap record set last year. Rutter leads Emmett and Reynolds on the front row, with a time of 1min26.135secs.

The Japanese contingent, Yukio Kagayama and newcomer Ryuichi Kiyonari, always looked strong, frequently placing their bikes on the front row as the times became faster.

Final positions for tomorrow for Yuki and Ryu were seventh and fourth respectively. Stuart Easton, on a two-year-old factory Ducati, takes fifth place with the fastest Kawasaki of Scott Smart in sixth. Dean Thomas, who was second fastest in this morning's qualifying, managed an eighth place.

Glen Richards unfortunately fell during the end of the session trying to improve on his final ninth place, luckily he was unhurt and is fine for tomorrow. Steve Plater had the highest placed Yamaha in tenth.

As predicted the HM Hondas of Rutter and Kiyonari were the fastest bikes through the speed traps by almost 5mph over the nearest competitor.

Top ten
1. Michael Rutter HM Plant Honda Racing
2. Sean Emmett Monstermob Ducati
3. John Reynolds Rizla Suzuki
4. Ryuichi Kiyonari HM Plant Honda Racing
5. Stuart Easton ETI Ducati racing
6. Scott Smart Hawk Kawasaki
7. Yukio Kagayama Rizla Suzuki
8. Dean Thomas Sendo Ducati Dienza
9. Glen Richards Hawk Kawasaki
10. Steve Plater Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha

 

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