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Tommy Hill on pole for Cadwell Park British Superbike

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Worx Crescent Suzuki's Tommy Hill powered his GSX-R1000 to pole position - his third consecutive pole and fourth front-row - for the Cadwell Park British Superbike Championship fourth round.

Australian Josh Brookes took his HM Plant Honda to second fastest ahead of Michael Rutter.

Hill spent much of practice experimenting with different suspension settings, but posted top-three times in the first and second practice sessions on Friday. Then, after changing his fork set-up, he dropped to seventh fastest in final practice, but the experiments ultimately proved worthwhile as Hill was able to lap consistently-quick throughout the first and second qualifying sessions before dropping over a quarter of a second on his previous best times in the final session - and became the only rider to record 1m: 27s laps.

"We're always trying to move forwards so we started the weekend as something of a test, trying out different settings with the forks," Hill said.

"We weren't concentrating on lap times; just feel and that seems to have helped as the final set-up worked really well and the lap times came to me, so that pole time wasn't a hang-it-out one-off.

"The times aren't as fast as in the past but it's very warm here and so no one can get to the times we'd like. All the same I'm confident we have a good race set-up, I'm looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and getting the job done.

"Last word is for my team-mate Yukio Kagayama: I'd just like to say get well soon mate - looking forward to seeing you at Mallory," Hill concluded.

Brookes had topped the opening two qualifying sessions in the Swan Combi Roll for Pole sessions but when it came to the final ten shootout, despite his best efforts Tommy Hill stole the advantage with a scintillating lap to remain 0.355s ahead of his Australian rival.

Brookes said, "I did what I could to get pole for the team as it is there home round and I really wanted to do it, but Tommy's time was just too good. I was watching both of them out there on track and Michael especially is so smooth; it is good they didn't follow me around as I was pushing so hard that it would have been scary to watch as I was all over the place at some points!

"This circuit is narrow so to be on the front row is the best possible place to be. I want to win here so badly for the team so tomorrow I need to get off the line and just go from there. We know what tyre we are going to go for and we know the pace we can run at so I will be doing my best to bring the win home for the HM Plant Honda team but there will be very little in it," Brookes predicted.

Third quickest Michael Rutter is optimistic about the task ahead.

"It has been a good weekend for us so far, we knew the Ducati had the potential here but you never know what will happen until you get out there on the track," Rutter said.

"In the qualifying I knew it was going to be close, so I just thought 'go out and get on it' which is what we did. The grid positions are so important here so I am pleased that I have the best possible chance of challenging tomorrow for another podium. We really need the points for the podiums so we can get inside that magic top six, so this puts us in a position to try and do that. I think we are in with a good shot of a podium, but a win of course would be better!

Ryuichi Kiyonari, Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell rounded out the top six in that order respectively.

Main Photo: Tommy Hill in full flight

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship: Swan Roll for Pole result:
1. Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) 1:27.744
2. Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +0.355s
3. Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +0.481s
4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.524s
5. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.716s
6. Tommy Bridewell (Quay Garage Honda) +0.736s
7. Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) +0.758s
8. Chris Walker (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +1.183s
9. John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +1.239s

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