Byrne and Irwin qualify on front row but Laverty way off the pace
Defending champion Shayne Byrne starts today's opening British Superbike race at Oulton Park in Cheshire in pole positon with PBM Be Wiser Ducati team-mate Glenn Irwin in third.
Byrne was the only rider to dip into the 1m 33sec lap time all day, well inside the lap record, to put him a tenth of a second ahead of the Kawasaki of Jake Dixon and a quarter of a second ahead of Irwin.
It was a poor start to the meeting for Tyco BMW with Michael Laverty way off the pace in 21st and slapped with a warning for a slow sector time (waiting for a tow), while his team mate Christian Iddon never made it into qualifying, having crashed eight minutes into Saturday's second free practice session fracturing a wrist.
Luckily for Iddon the series takes a six-week break after today to accommodate the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT.
Dubliner Jack Kennedy took victory in the 12-lap Supersport Sprint race yesterday leading from the opening lap, and beating the Gearlink Kawasaki of Ben Currie by over six and a half seconds to extend his championship lead ahead of today's feature race.
Keith Farmer starts the 1000cc Superstock race today from pole on his Tyco BMW with Alistair Seeley starting from ninth.
In Suffolk, Martin Barr took the overall win in the British MX2 Motocross championship following second and third place finishes yesterday while Graeme Irwin had to settle for fourth overall in MX1.
The second round of the Ulster Motocross championship takes place at Seaforde today, with racing from 11am.