Pole position for Whitham

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Pole position for Whitham

James Whitham took pole position for today's Motor Cycle News British Superbike Championship fourth round at Snetterton from his Cadbury's Boost Yamaha team-mate Niall Mackenzie. Both clipped the lap record in a furious tussle, with the 29-year-old Whitham, a winner last week at Oulton Park, marginally the quicker, lapping in 1min 09.84sec. Mackenzie, the series leader, clocked a best lap of 1:09.91. Meanwhile, the world 500cc champion, Michael Doohan, left it late to edge out local favourite Alex Criville for pole position in the Spanish 500cc Grand Prix. He clipped one-tenth of a second off Criville's time in the last minute of yesterday's final qualifying session to set a lap record for the Jerez circuit.

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