PTR Honda's Sam Lowes has secured another front-row start for tomorrow's World Supersport encounter, finishing second in final qualifying behind team-mate Jules Cluzel by a second while Moto2 exile Alexander Lundh bagged third despite crashing at the end of the session.
Lowes lapped in 2'23.264 compared to Cluzel's 2'22.258 with Lundh a further quarter of a second back. The Lincolnshire rider's championship rivals, however, are some way back with Kenan Sofuoglu in tenth and nearly three seconds off the pace while Fabien Foret had a disaster in 17th and is more than four seconds in arrears.
"I've enjoyed the qualifying even if it was a bit of a strange session with the weather; but in the end it's important to be on the front row again. I'm really happy because we're fast both in the wet and dry, and we did a good job in the damp conditions today too. I hope it's either wet or dry tomorrow and am looking forward to see what I can do in the race in front of the British fans. The plan for the race will depend on the conditions but I'm ready. I'm sure we can have a good race," said Lowes.
Martin Jessopp, who has full recovered from his North West 200 injuries, is one place ahead of Foret while Dan Linfoot, making his debut for the MSD N-G Kawasaki, was 19th. Team-mate Florian Marino finished in 25th while Kenny Noyes, the American debutant, was 21st.