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Rizla Suzuki's Tom Sykes has set pole position at Cadwell Park British Superbikes this afternoon in the final, frantic ten minutes of the new three-stage qualifying system.

Sykes put in a lap of 1'27.495 with just over a minute left on the clock to lead the grid for tomorrow's two races in Lincsolnshire despite crashing on his final lap. HM Plant Honda's Cal Crutchlow is second with a 1'27.716 and Airwaves Ducati's Shane Byrne completes the three-man front row.

Lap record holder Leon Haslam ended the session in fourth ahead of Leon Camier and NW200 Ducati's Michael Rutter. Karl Harris and Atsushi Watanabe were next along, some 1.3s off the pace.


Injured Lloyds British Jentin Yamaha man Simon Andrews finished a creditable ninth, just a tenth ahead of Relentless Suzuki's Michael Laverty.

Qualifying two

Relentless Suzuki's Michael Laverty survived second qualifying by the skin of his teeth, edging out Gary Mason by less than a tenth of a second. Other fallers included Scott Smart, Billy McConnell, Stuart Easton and James Ellison.
Hydrex Honda man Ellison decided to pull out towards the end of the first qualifying, but then had a change of heart and carried on. However, he didn't appear in this stage.
Rizla Suzuki's Atsushi Watanabe made it into the top ten for the first time since Brands Hatch earlier this year.

Qualifying One

STP MV Agusta's Chris Burns was the first victim of the new qualifying system. His number one bike developed a fault with five minutes of the session to go and Burns was forced to swap to his spare.

The Newcastle rider managed to get back out and started his final flying lap with just three seconds left. It wasn't quite quick enough and Martin Jessopp kept his place in the second part of qualifying.

HM Plant's Cal Crutchlow was the fastest with a 1'28.441 followed by Tom Sykes and Shane Byrne.
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