Just as it looked in the bag, Monstermob Ducati rider Sean Emmett lost his provisional pole with no time left in the session to offer a riposte to Michael Rutter's record qualifying lap yesterday, so the Londoner lines up in second place on the grid for today's British Superbike championship opener.

The 34 year old from London, aboard the Ducati 999 F04, held the fastest lap until the final seconds of qualifying, when Rutter managed to post his sensational time.

"I'm pretty happy," said Emmett after the session had ended. "It was looking like we were going to be on pole until the last few seconds, but I'm happy with the race set up and also the weather should be better tomorrow as well."

Emmett's team-mate in the Supersport class, Michael Laverty, managed to post eighth fastest time aboard the Ducati 749.

The 22 year old Ulsterman struggled a little in the early stages of the qualifying session but managed to improve as the session went on.

"I'm happy to be on the second row," he said. "We were struggling in the first half of qualifying but I am improving every time I get on the bike. I just need a good start and we should be up there. Hopefully we can make some more improvements tonight to be on the pace tomorrow."

Team boss Paul Bird was happy with the performance. "That's an excellent start to the season, anything on the front row is good," said the Lancashire businessman. "I'm also pleased with Michael's Supersport qualifying - he's had a few problems but these have now been ironed out. We have an excellent race set up for both riders and we are looking forward to the racing tomorrow."



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