Josh Brookes qualifies on BSB second row

 Josh Brookes proved his fighting spirit during Saturday's British Superbike qualifying session at Donington Park, overcoming Friday's crash at Redgate to put his Relentless Suzuki by TAS Racing GSX-R1000 Superbike on row two for today's opening race of round 10 of the hotly-contested Championship.

The Australian bettered his Q3 time in the final stint by almost a second to take eighth place.

Josh Brookes:

"People keep thinking this is a track I haven't been at too much, but it's my fourth season racing here and I've won a World Supersport race here. In the first practice I just couldn't put the bike in the places on the track that I needed to be. I could see the line I wanted but just couldn't seem to get on it. I've adjusted the way I've been riding a bit and that's been helping and we've tried a few things with the bike.

"Now we're seeing light at the end of the tunnel. We still need to take a good old solid step forward to make the lap times come a bit easier, but we've dug deep today. If it is dry tomorrow - which it's not meant to be - we need to find a bit more time but I know where that is and we shouldn't be too far away."

Philip Neill - Team Manager:

"When things go good it's easy to heap praise on a rider, but it was pleasing today to see Josh dig deep and make Q3 after struggling to find a set-up that he was really comfortable with. He never makes it easy for himself but he has come through today and the second-row is far from a disaster. It could all come down to the weather tomorrow and wet or dry we should be in the hunt.

BSB Qualifying:

1: Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1m:28.869s 2: Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +0.389s 3: John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Suzuki) +0.780 4: Peter Hickman (Tyco Honda) +1.305s 5: Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +1.504s 6: Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Suzuki) +1.519s 7: Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +1.570s 8: Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +1.605s 9: Graeme Gowland (WFR Honda) +1.673s 10: James Ellison ( Honda) +1.777s