Crutchlow takes pole as Shakey bounces back
British Superbikes, Croft Circuit.
HM PLANT Honda's Cal Crutchlow took pole ahead of tomorrow's two Bennetts British Superbike races at Croft.
After a damp final practice session this morning, the clouds cleared and the sun came out in time to dry out the Darlington track ahead of this afternoon's Swan Combi Roll For Pole.
While it looked like championship leader Shakey Byrne - who returned to action this morning after getting the all-clear from circuit medics after his high-speed off yesterday - would be the strongest in the second part of the session, it was Crutchlow who dominated the final ten minutes.
Crutchlow crossed the line with a hotlap of 1:20.386, ahead of Michael Rutter, Byrne and with Leon Haslam rounding off the front row.
1: Cal Crutchlow, HM Plant Honda 1:20.386
2: Michael Rutter North West 200 Ducati 1:20.597
3: Shane Byrne, Airwaves Ducati 1:20.663
4: Leon Haslam, HM Plant Honda 1:20.706
5: Tom Sykes, Rizla Suzuki 1:20.787
6: Leon Camier, Airwaves Ducati 1:20.807
7: Karl Harris, Team Yamaha, 1:20.950
8: Michael Laverty, Relentless Suzuki, 1:21.029
9: Gary Mason, Quay Garage Honda, 1:21.379
10: James Ellison, Hydrex Honda, 1:21.447