Shane Bryne took pole position at a cool and windy Knockhill on Saturday afternoon, the Scottish venue hosting round four of the British Superbike Championship. The reigning champion lapped inside his own lap record from 2006 to get the better of Josh Brookes by just 0.01s.
Alex Lowes, the current Championship leader, claimed third and although he's only 0.316s adrift, that's a considerable margin around the tight 1.27-mile circuit whilst Jon Kirkham's fine form continued as he took fourth to lead off the second row of the grid. Lowes' team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari showed a welcome return to form in fifth with PJ Jacobsen on the second Tyco Suzuki taking sixth.
James Westmoreland, Keith Farmer, Peter Hickman and Chris Walker rounded out the top ten with Tommy Bridewell, Dan Linfoot, James Ellison and Michael Rutter just some of the riders who failed to make it through to the third and final stage of qualifying.
1 Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) 48.333s
2 Josh Brookes (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
7 James Westmoreland (BMW) +0.838s
8 Keith Farmer (Kawasaki) +0.871s
9 Peter Hickman (Honda) +0.987s
10 Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +1.380s