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Josh Brookes second fastest at Knockhill BSB qualifying

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Josh Brookes was instantly back in the BSB groove today following a fortnight at the Isle of Man TT, taking second place in British Superbike qualifying at Knockhill in Scotland.

The Tyco Suzuki rider narrowly missed-out on pole position by just a 100th-of-a-second to title rival Shane Byrne in the third and final qualifying session, but will start tomorrow's opening race at round four from the front row in second place.

"People were quick to say that it would take me a while to get back up to speed on the short circuits after the TT and I sort of resented that," Brookes expressed.

"If you can do 10 years of what I've been doing, and then go to the roads and go as quick as I did, then you should be able to turn around and go back to the circuits and be on the pace quick enough - like I have done.

"I've done my personal best round here in qualifying and the bike is working well. I've done quite a few quick laps and a couple at the peak time so I'm happy enough with that. The qualifying is more about the front row than pole position, as it's really difficult to pass around here, so we are in a good position to fight it out in race one."

Philip Neill, Team Manager, added, "It's good to see Josh getting back into BSB mode so quickly after his TT exploits and his consistency today was impressive. As he says, the front row is an important starting position and sets us up well for race one."

British Superbike Qualifying:
1: Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) 48.333s
2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.010s
3: Alex Lowes (Honda) +0.316s
4: Jon Kirkham (BMW) +0.650s
5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +0.653s
6: PJ Jacobsen (Suzuki) +0.735s

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