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Hopkins on pole for Snetterton BSB

Samsung Crescent Racing's John Hopkins has sensationally taken pole position for tomorrow's sixth round of the British Superbike Championship at Snetterton 300 in Norfolk. It's his first pole in BSB – also the first for an American – and was secured with the fastest lap yet made of the new Snetterton 300 circuit (over half a second quicker than his nearest rival). His team-mate Jon Kirkham has also found excellent form taking P3 to join Hopkins on the front row.

John Hopkins: "I'm simply loving this place. It's a long and flowing lap and the corners are allowing the bike to two-wheel drift in so many places – I'm sure the fans must be loving it, too.

"I have to thank my mechanics again today. We had a shifter issue this morning that was niggling us, so they skipped lunch and made a full engine swap before qualifying. The bike was brilliant, they'd missed nothing. So now I'd like to the do uble tomorrow, to say thanks to them!"

Jon Kirkham: "Third: absolutely superb! I'm happy with that. The bike's been good all weekend and with some tweaks before qualifying the bike was better still. I was so happy to get fastest in first qualifying, if I'd repeated that lap in Q3 then we'd have a Samsung Crescent Racing 1-2, but front row is fine. So tomorrow I'll look to stay out of trouble off the start – I can see there being some action there – and then hopefully I'll bring home two good results."

Jack Valentine, team manager: "We're well chuffed. We've been on the pace from the word go and deserved those start positions. The Samsung Crescent team were brilliant today, swapping the engine on Hopper's bike in time for qualifying and putting in extra effort to find JK a really good set-up. Both riders felt confident in their bikes and the results reflect that. And that was a phe nomenal lap Hopper put in for pole, something very special. We're looking forward to some very special results tomorrow, too."

2011 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship
Round six, Snetterton

Qualifying result:
John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) 1m:47.451s
Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.545s
Jon Kirkham (Samsung Crescent Racing Suzuki) +0.869s
Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki) +1.006s
Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +1.363s
Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +1.477s
James Westmoreland (Motorpoint Yamaha) +1.572s
Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +1.705s
Chris Walker (Pr1mo Racing Kawasaki) +1.774s
Alex Lowes (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +2.317s