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Bayliss clinches pole at Brands

Troy Bayliss
Veteran Bayliss hopes to leave Superbikes on a winning note

Troy Bayliss clinched pole for Sunday's World Superbike races at Brands Hatch by the narrowest of margins.

The championship leader's fastest lap in Superpole qualifying was one minute, 25.656 seconds - only two hundreths of a second ahead of Noriyuki Haga.

Reigning British Superbike champion Ryuchi Kiyonari was third quickest.

Bayliss is retiring at the end of the season but closest title rival Max Neukirkchner was eighth, while British Superbikes star Tom Sykes was sixth.

Sykes has been given a wild card for this weekend.

Saturday's qualifying was disrupted by rain showers and Bayliss said he hoped for better conditions on race day.

"It was pretty scary coming into Clearways because there was still some water on the track and you're hard on the brakes there but luckily we stayed on the track," said the Ducati rider.

"We're hoping for a better day weather wise tomorrow, not just for us but for the fans as well, and hopefully two more wins."

Sunday's first race gets under way at 1300 BST, with the second race at 1630.

Superpole qualifying times:

1 T Bayliss (Aus) Ducati 1mins 25.656secs
2 N Haga (Jpn) Yamaha 1:25.679
3 R Kiyonari (Jpn) Honda 1:25.840
4 J Smrz (Cze) Ducati 1:25.960
5 T Corser (Aus) Yamaha 1:26.021
6 T Sykes (GB) Suzuki 1:26.166
7 M Biaggi (Ita) Ducati 1:26.169,
8 M Neukirchner (Ger) Suzuki 1:26.226
9 Y Kagayama (Jpn) Suzuki 1:26.501
10 F Nieto (Spa) Suzuki 1:26.688
11 C Checa (Spa) Honda 1:26.751
12 M Fabrizio (Ita) Ducati 1:26.807
13 G Lavilla (Spa) Honda 1:27.148
14 L Lanzi (Ita) Ducati 1:27.217
15 R Xaus (Spa) Ducati 1:27.246

see also
Troy Bayliss: Superbike superstar
01 Aug 08 |  Technology
Bayliss keen to sign off with win
01 Aug 08 |  Motorbikes
Toseland wants GB Superbikes lift
01 Aug 08 |  Motorbikes
Leader Bayliss claims double win
20 Jul 08 |  Motorbikes
Neukirchner & Xaus win at Misano
29 Jun 08 |  Motorbikes
Haga seals double Nurburgring win
15 Jun 08 |  Motorbikes
Checa closes gap with double win
02 Jun 08 |  Motorbikes
Double win stretches Bayliss lead
27 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Unstoppable Bayliss on Assen pole
26 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Bayliss increases Superbikes lead
06 Apr 08 |  Motorbikes
Bayliss takes Aussie double win
02 Mar 08 |  Motorbikes
Bayliss impresses in Qatar opener
23 Feb 08 |  Motorbikes

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