Front Row For Emmett MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett will start rounds five and six of the THINK! British Superbike Championship at Snetterton from the front row of the grid after a dramatic final qualifying session this afternoon. Having...
Front Row For Emmett
MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett will start rounds five and six of the THINK! British Superbike Championship at Snetterton from the front row of the grid after a dramatic final qualifying session this afternoon.
Having set fastest time in this morning's first timed qualifying, the 34 year old Londoner was holding provisional pole position when with around ten minutes of the session to go, the red flag came out when James Haydon's ETI Ducati blew an oil seal.
Despite the pain of a broken finger sustained in a race crash at Brands Hatch over Easter, Emmett was bumped back in the dying throes and despite setting a faster time, clung on to third place for an all important front row start. Remarkably, Emmett and Suzuki rival John Reynolds set identical times but Emmett got the nod by virtue of the fact that his second fastest lap was quicker than Reynolds'.
"I'm quite satisfied with that and it seems that me and Michael (Rutter) were the quickest on race tyres. However, one lap of qualifying is always a lottery as there are always those guys who can do one quick lap but doing twenty five of them is a different matter. The front row is what we wanted so I'm happy" said Sean.
Meanwhile, Emmett's team mate Michael Laverty will have to battle through from row three of the grid having posted ninth fastest time during British Supersport qualifying. The 23 year old Ulsterman was comfortably in fifth place for much of the session but missed out late in the session.
"It would have been good to start the race from further up but we were concentrating on perfecting our race set up rather than doing one fast lap. We managed to do OK from even further back at Brands so I'm feeling confident about tomorrow's race" said Laverty who won at Snetterton last season.
<pre> Superbike Qualifying 1 Michael Rutter Honda 1m05.713s 2 Dean Thomas Ducati 1m05.766s 3 Sean Emmett MonsterMob Ducati 1m05.909s 4 John Reynolds Suzuki 1m05.909s 5 Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda 1m06.098s 6 Scott Smart Kawasaki 1m06.150s 7 Steve Plater Yamaha 1m06.407s 8 Yukio Kagayama Suzuki 1m06.449s 9 Glen Richards Kawasaki 1m06.492s 10 James Haydon Ducati 1m06.947s
Supersport Qualifying 1 Karl Harris Honda 1m08.673s 2 Luke Quigley Suzuki 1m08.721s 3 Pere Riba Kawasaki 1m08.840s 4 Tom Sykes Suzuki 1m08.967s 5 Simon Andrews Yamaha 1m08.971s 6 Tom Tunstall Honda 1m09.077s 7 Jay Vincent Honda 1m09.095s 8 Leon Camier Honda 1m09.099s 9 Michael Laverty MonsterMob Ducati 1m09.101s 10 Iain MacPherson Honda 1m09.135s.