British Superbike Championship: James Westmoreland secures maiden pole position
Last Updated: September 8, 2013 9:02pm
James Westmoreland (right): set the qualifying pace at Donington Park
James Westmoreland took his and BMW's first pole position in the British Superbike Championship at Donington Park.
The Buildbase BMW rider starts the ninth round of the series in seventh place in the overall standings and needs a good showing at the Leicestershire circuit to make it into the top six.
Only the top six riders after Donington are eligible to fight it out for the title over the remaining rounds, beginning at the next round of the championship at Assen in the Netherlands.
Westmoreland did not realise his quick lap of one minute 29.726 seconds was good enough to give him pole position.
He said: "My lap timer wasn't working on the bike so I just went as fast as I could.
"I did enough with that very good lap but now I have to keep it going as I want to be in the top six by the end of this round."
Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes set the second best time ahead of Milwaukee Yamaha's James Ellison.
Three-time champion Shane Byrne, who leads the series standings, starts his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki from the second row of the grid in fourth ahead of Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki and Halsall Racing Kawasaki's Tommy Bridewell.