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Front row start for Swan Yamaha pairing at Brands Hatch

Sunday, April 24 2011

The Swan Yamaha pairing of Michael Laverty and Tommy Hill will start the opening race of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch from the front row of the grid tomorrow after qualifying in third and fourth respectively.

It was an intense qualifying session in the heat at Brands Hatch and after Hill and Laverty topped the overall times in the combined free practice session, confidence was high for the Swan Yamaha team. The pair comfortably made it through to the final stage of qualifying and pushed hard to achieve the first front row start of the new season.

Laverty said: "I am pretty happy after qualifying today as I have never been a one lap wonder in qualifying, so a front row start was what we needed and thats what we achieved. We have a good pace for tomorrow races and I know that we can challenge at the front. It would be great to be on the podium for the Swan Yamaha team at the first round of the season."

Hill said: "We have been good in every session and just building all the time. I knew I had something in reserve which I wanted to save until qualifying but we had a slight problem with grip. We are going to make a few minor tweaks tomorrow but I am feeling good and we want to challenge for podiums and give my home fans something to cheer about."

You can still purchase tickets for the Brands Hatch Easter opener of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend (22-25 April) on the gate with raceday adult admission £30, children 12 and under go free. For further ticket information visit call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.