BSB: Ducati Brands Hatch qualifying report

British Superbike Championship -- Round 2 -- Brands Hatch, Kent -- 11/12 April Emmett Storms to Pole at Brands MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett dominated each of the qualifying sessions at the second round of the British Superbike ...

British Superbike Championship -- Round 2 -- Brands Hatch, Kent -- 11/12 April

Emmett Storms to Pole at Brands

MonsterMob Ducati rider Sean Emmett dominated each of the qualifying sessions at the second round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch today to secure his first pole position of the season.

Emmett set the fastest ever lap of the Kent Indy circuit with a time of 45.811 seconds early on in the final qualifying session and despite a late onslaught from his main title rivals, could not be bettered.

As a result, the 34 year old Londoner was pleased to be back on top at his local circuit aboard the Ducati 999 F04.

"It's the first time we've been fastest every time out and we've been on the pace since the first session. We've just been testing tyres really and my fastest time on a race tyre would have put me on pole anyway. Its great news and I'm feeling very confident for the race, I just want good weather for the tyres tomorrow as I know we can consistently lap in the 46's. I'm relaxed and enjoying it" said a delighted Emmett.

Team mate Michael Laverty claimed 17th fastest time aboard the Ducati 749 in the Supersport class after struggling throughout qualifying with his machine set up and will start tomorrow's race from the fifth row on the grid.

"I'm struggling with the set up at the moment. I'm doing the same times on qualifiers as race tyres so its messed up my grid position. Hopefully I can make a good start in the race tomorrow and then I know I will be OK" said Laverty.

Team boss Paul Bird was pleased with qualifying.

"That's an excellent start to the weekend. We knew that Brands Hatch would be a strong track for us so we need to take it with both hands and make sure we get two good results tomorrow. As soon as I saw Sean on Friday I could tell by the look in his eyes that he was up for it this weekend. Everyone's pulled out all the stops, including Dunlop with the tyres."

Superbike Qualifying

1, Sean Emmett (MonsterMob Ducati) 45.811s, 2, John Reynolds (Suzuki) 46.142s, 3, Yukio Kagayama (Suzuki) 46.208s, 4, Michael Rutter (Honda) 46.248s, 5, Dean Thomas (Ducati) 46.348s, 6, Glen Richards (Kawasaki) 46.375s, 7, Scott Smart (Kawasaki) 46.517s, 8, Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 46.691s, 9, Stuart Easton (Ducati) 46.740, 10, Jon Kirkham (Suzuki) 46.820s.

Supersport Qualifying

1, Jay Vincent (Honda) 47.313s, 2, Karl Harris (Honda) 47.587s, 3, Danny Beaumont (Yamaha) 47.640s, 4, Simon Andrews (Yamaha) 47.655s, 5, Craig Jones (Triumph) 47.672s, 6, Leon Camier (Honda) 47.711s, 7, Luke Quigley (Suzuki) 47.803s, 8, Jonathan Rea (Honda) 47.817s, 9, Adrian Coates (Suzuki) 47.831s, 10, Cal Crutchlow (Honda) 47.909s, 17, Michael Laverty (MonsterMob Ducati) 48.090s.

-lc/bsb-

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Series Other bike
Drivers Jay Vincent , Glen Richards , Yukio Kagayama , Michael Rutter , Scott Smart , Sean Emmett , Dean Thomas , John Reynolds , Jon Kirkham , Luke Quigley , Adrian Coates , Stuart Easton , Karl Harris , Jonathan Rea , Michael Laverty , Ryuichi Kiyonari , Cal Crutchlow , Leon Camier , Paul Bird , Simon Andrews