Honda Racing’s Xavi Fores has admitted he didn’t see today’s Bennetts British Superbike pole-winning performance coming after a dismal wet performance last time out.
The Spaniard, who today became the first countryman to take pole since Gregorio Lavilla a dozen seasons ago, splashed to the top spot after a lap time dice with Keith Farmer.
But the Tyco BMW rider crashed out with less than five minutes to go, leaving Fores in control of the action.
And after the disappointment of a 14th place finish in Kent a fortnight ago, he’s delighted to start tomorrow in the best possible way.
“After Brands Hatch on wet conditions I was so slow, I was 53 seconds behind after the race so I didn’t expect this pole position,” he revealed.
“After two laps I had a good feeling on the bike and I was pushing a lot and trying to find the limit of the bike. And I’ve still not found it so I can push a little bit more - I had a lot of grip on the bike and I was able to ride quite smooth.
“One of my targets when I set this challenge was to beat UK riders in the wet and I did – this target is done.
“Defending the pole position was the target [today] so I’m really happy and waiting for tomorrow. Even if it’s dry we have a good setup on the bike in order to be strong for the races tomorrow.”