Troy Bayliss will line up on the front row of the starting grid in second place for tomorrow’s fifth round of the World Superbike Championship following a wet Superpole session at Silverstone. British Superbike regular Tommy Hill (Yamaha) used his wild-card status to good effect in the slippery conditions to power to the pole position, while the front row of the grid is completed by Chris Walker (Kawasaki) and Noriyuki Haga (Yamaha).

“This place and this weather remind me of the British Championship in 1998 and 1999 with red flags coming out, bikes flying everywhere and mine’s done that three times this weekend,” declared Bayliss after Superpole. “I feel like I’ve been rolled, bowled and sat on but I’m sure I’m going to come up OK tomorrow. I made a little mistake in that session, I was supposed to stay out for another flying lap but there was one thing we’d changed when I went out and I wasn’t happy with it. I was on the limit and I’d been off three times this weekend and didn’t want to do it again. It was my mistake coming in but my time was not so bad and I’m quite happy. That’s racing, Tommy did a great job today. I’d like some dry weather tomorrow especially for the British fans, but I’m going to try and spoil the party for them.”

Rain in the second and final qualifying session in the morning meant that Lorenzo Lanzi missed out on the Superpole cut today and the Italian will start from the fifth row of the grid.

“I am a bit disappointed obviously because I didn’t take part in Superpole, it’s been some time since that happened. It was surely not the weekend I had dreamt about,” commented Lanzi. “But I managed to get the right feeling in the wet conditions in the afternoon and did some good times, which is important for tomorrow because the conditions are not very clear. Anything can happen, the race is still open, I’m starting from the fifth row but I feel sure I can do two good races.”



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