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Team Suzuki Press Office – April 30.

Richard Cooper has qualified on pole position for tomorrow's National Superstock 1000 race at Oulton Park as the Bennetts Suzuki rider looks to defend his championship lead at the third round of the series.

Cooper took a win and third last time out at Brands Hatch, and spent the free practice sessions at Oulton Park working on settings for his new 2017 GSX-R1000 to help with corner entry. Happy with the progress made, Cooper set a time four-tenths-of-a-second faster than anyone else to take his first pole position of the season.

Richard Cooper:

"Today's been decent enough. We've made some good changes to the bike, and changes we've not made before that have really helped. We've improved the bike on corner entry massively, which was an area we have been working on. We've got a lot more support on the brakes and it's a lot easier to make an apex. And hopefully the work we've done - and my feedback - can help the guys in Superbike. But I'm happy to be on pole. Even though I'm pole by 0.4 of a second, tomorrow will still be a challenge. But our bike should comfortably do 18 laps as we've massively improved our speed and our consistency. Today has been good, but I'll be happier when the job is done."

In the MCE British Superbike Championship, Sylvain Guintoli will start tomorrow's opening race from the fifth row in 14th place, with Taylor Mackenzie starting 23rd.

Michael Dunlop, making a wildcard appearance this weekend, completed a number of laps onboard the Superstock GSX-R1000 he will race on the roads later this year, and also spent further time testing his GSX-R1000 Superbike. He qualified in 24th place for tomorrow's opening BSB race.

Steve Hicken - Team Manager:

"We've made a big step with Cooper's bike in Superstock this weekend. We've been on the pace since the start of the season, but hopefully the improvements we've made will give us another edge going forward and allow Cooper to get even more from the base GSX-R1000 package.

"In Superbike, we're still working and, following some of the changes we've made to Cooper's bike, we have some more things to try in warm-up tomorrow. It's proving tricky, and Oulton is a very difficult circuit anyway when it comes to machine set-up. We'll make more changes tomorrow and see what the races bring for Sylvain and Taylor.

"Michael is here purely to get some more laps in ahead of the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT. We're making changes as we go and this is a shakedown test before we head to Northern Ireland in a couple of weeks."

National Superstock 1000 qualifying result: 1. Richard Cooper (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 2. Adam Jenkinson, 3. Danny Buchan.

Superbike qualifying result: 1. Shane Byrne, 2. Leon Haslam, 3. Luke Mossey, 14. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 23. Taylor Mackenzie (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000), 24. Michael Dunlop (Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000).

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