Quick thinking pays off for Rea - Rain stopped play as qualifying for today's British Superbike Championship round was washed out at Knockhill yesterday afternoon.
After a sunny start to the day, the heavens opened just moments into the 50-minute session around the short and twisty Scottish circuit.
This meant an early hot lap of 48.345 seconds by Irishman Jonathan Rea, set as the session got under way, would stick until the chequered flag.
Rea had already looked strong throughout the start of the weekend, dominating all of the early sessions, and topping the timesheets in yesterday morning's final free practise.
Rea shaved one-tenth off the previous lap record around the Dunfermline track on board his HM Plant Honda.
Fresh from his maiden victory at Mondello Park a fortnight ago, the 20-year-old was thrilled to celebrate his fifth career pole.
"I'm happy with the result," he said. "I've been feeling pretty confident around here all weekend. I think the win at Mondello has given me a real boost.
"On one hand it was a shame that we didn't get more dry time on the track before the rain hit, but it was the same for everyone.
"We all had to get out there and try to get a quick one in, because it was clear the rain would come at some point during the session."
Second on the grid today will be Leon `Pocket Rocket' Haslam, who brought his Airwaves Ducati across the line 0.320secs adrift of Rea.
Tom Sykes on the Stobart Honda, and Bike Animal Honda pilot Leon Camier make up the front row in third and fourth places respectively.
Championship leader Ryuichi Kiyonari could only manage fifth quickest, while Gregorio Lavilla, who lies just one point behind reigning champ Kyo, was the biggest victim of the rain, and was left languishing down in ninth.
Hot Hobbs third
Dennis Hobbs proved once again to be the best of the local boys yesterday after qualifying third for the British Supersport event.
Guisborough-born Hobbs bounced back from a bad crash on Friday which saw the session stopped.
But he was back on form yesterday, initially holding second spot with his Padgett's Honda, until he was beaten down to third by Ian Hutchinson.
Hobbs' main rival and current championship leader Michael Laverty will start from pole.
Burns hits trouble
Former GP rider Chris Burns had a difficult start to his racing return in the Superstock class.
His new MV Agusta suffered mechanical problems during first qualifying, leaving him lying in 27th after only being able to complete eight laps.
As the rain continued to fall for second qualifying, no times were to change, although the Team STP Racing rider did post the fastest time in the wet.
Middlesbrough's Paul Veazey starts the race from 23rd on the Krystal Racing Space Air Yamaha.