Silverstone Qualifying Times and Quotes

Brent Avis
by Brent Avis
MonsterMob Ducati rider Steve Hislop missed out on pole position by less than 2/10ths of a second after a dramatic Superpole session at round six of the World Superbike Championship at Silverstone today.

The 40 year old Scot laid down the gauntlet with a stunning first lap in the session - declared wet due to the changeable conditions - and held top spot until reigning World Champion Troy Bayliss edged him out.

With a rain shower causing problems, the riders returned to the pits and remained there until the dying minutes whereby American Colin Edwards went faster...

Hislop responded by going faster but so too did Bayliss and Edwards to leave the MonsterMob rider in 3rd.

"I'm delighted with a front row start but I nearly crashed on my fast lap. I hope the weather holds off but it should be a good race tomorrow." said Hislop.

BAYLISS:"When the track dried after the storm I expected Colin and Steve to go better, but I didn't realise that the wind had dropped since the rain" said Troy. "Watching the guys going faster than me, I decided I just had to go out and go for it. I didn't have my favorite tire on, but with the wind drying the track, things turned out really well for me. I'm looking forward to a good day tomorrow, although the weather could be a surprise. If it's dry, I'm sure Colin and myself will be really strong and if it's wet then there'll be a few other guys in there as well".

BEN BOSTROM: After qualifying third yesterday, Ben Bostrom (Ducati L&M) was disappointed to slip down to ninth in this morning's second session. The American was then unable to improve in the extra 50 minutes available for Superpole. "We were just not as fast as we would have liked to have been in Superpole. I think I just timed things badly" declared Ben. "I felt good earlier today, but things didn't go the way I planned. The only good thing is that the bike feels excellent and I can't wait to get racing tomorrow".

NORIYUKI HAGA (Playstation2 - FGF Aprilia Team rider) said "I'mreally pleased with the work we've been doing: the bad weather onFriday did make things difficult but we've rapidly gained ground. Onthe fast lap, I went round the Abbey curve in sixth, instead offifth, to see if I could slice off a few hundredths: I was realchuffed with myself."

Superbike1.T Bayliss 1.47.729,2.C Edwards 1.47.883,3. S Hislop 1.47.902,4.N Haga 1.48.561,5.M Rutter 1.48.567,6.P Chili 1.49.001,7.R Xaus 1.49.108,8.N Hodgson 1.49.127,9.L Pedercini 1.49.523,10.S Byrne 1.49.529,11.C Walker 1.49.687,12.J Toseland 1.49.732,13.B Bostrom 1.49.783,14.G Richards 1.49.923,15.G Lavilla 1.50.136,
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