Brands Hatch: Ten Kate Honda Saturday notes

Best of British at Brands Hatch James Toseland will start the final UK round of the Superbike World Championship from the front row after securing the second fastest lap in today's Superpole session. The HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider ...

Best of British at Brands Hatch

James Toseland will start the final UK round of the Superbike World Championship from the front row after securing the second fastest lap in today's Superpole session. The HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider secured provisional pole in scorching conditions with a lap time of 1'25.635, but he was knocked off the top spot by Australian Troy Bayliss.

The Brit had hoped to secure pole for his final home race of the season. However, he is now more determined than ever to achieve two race wins tomorrow. Double victory has so far eluded the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda rider this season, but he has high hopes of finally achieving his aim in front of a forecast record home crowd.

Team-mate Roberto Rolfo heads up row three in ninth position after setting a lap time of 1'26.717. The Italian rider is working hard to find the optimum set-up for the HANNspree Ten Kate Honda at the Kent circuit.

Both riders are determined to improve on their performances in tomorrow's two 25-lap races. Toseland will officially start the day for visitors with a rendition of the national anthem from the Director's Terrace at 10.10am.

Ronald ten Kate, Team Manager:

"We always aim for the front row and pole position would have been a nice bonus. We are happy with the progress James has made so far, we seem to have found some consistency and we are more or less ready to race. It would have been nice to have seen Roby on the second row. We know that he has the ability to be consistently fast, he just needs to be closer to the front at the beginning of the race."

James Toseland:

"To be honest I am gutted to not have taken pole position. I put everything into that lap and the weekend's been going really well. I am disappointed, but I have a good package and I don't intend to be beaten."

Roberto Rolfo:

"I am unhappy with my Superpole lap because there is one corner that I am still struggling to get to grips with. I was hoping that I would be able to improve today. I was okay during the first section of the track but I lost time during sector two. I then made a mistake in the final part and couldn't get a good lap time. My aim for Superpole was to get into the second row so I am disappointed, but we will work hard in the morning to improve before the race."

-credit: htkh

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Troy Bayliss , James Toseland , Roberto Rolfo