2019 British Superbike Championship
Round Seven – Thruxton – Saturday


Scott Redding claimed his third pole position of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season with a last lap dash in the final two minutes of the final Datatag Qualifying session as he snatched the top spot from Tommy Bridewell at Thruxton.

The final stage of Qualifying was extended to 12 minutes when light rain began to fall, but with it stopping and starting during the crucial final stage, the battle for pole went down to the wire with the fastest rider changing eight times before the chequered flag.

Initially Christian Iddon had tried to set an early lap time and he went to the top of the timing screens for Tyco BMW ahead of Bridewell, but a few minutes later Andrew Irwin had surged to the top, however just 60 seconds later his brother Glenn claimed the leading position.

Redding had been tentative initially when the session got underway but then with six minutes on the clock he fired the Be Wiser Ducati to the top of the times, but he didn’t maintain it to the finish as Bridewell then posted his fastest lap of the session to put the Oxford Racing Ducati ahead of the opposition.

However Redding was ready to go for another time attack in the fight for pole position and he launched ahead with less than two minutes on the clock to bag the top time in Datatag Qualifying ahead of Bridewell.

Scott Redding – P1

“I am so happy to be on pole here. These guys [Bridewell and Hickman] sound like they had a strategy going on in that session listening to what they just said! I haven’t got time for strategies this weekend, with zero laps around here before I just need to try and learn everything I can at every moment. I’m making mistakes, but I’m pushing on the limit. Then it started raining and basically the guys in the team said to me this track is super grippy in the rain so you should be alright, so I took that on the shoulder and I took the chance. I saw some of the boys putting hands up and I saw Tommy going out on his used tyre; seeing all these things I just thought to myself I’m going to do my own thing. I was going to go in the pits but then I saw Irwin go in, but I decided to just go and take a chance. I stuck it into Church, it was raining a bit, and I had both wheels sliding but I just thought to myself “hold it for one more lap. To come away with the pole was something I didn’t real expect today, but for sure something that I wanted. I have been working on race distance as I hear a lot of talk about saving the tyres and I was in a rhythm and I think that helped. I am happy and now I am looking forward to some good races tomorrow!”

Peter Hickman had been moving back up the order in the closing stages after a positive start and he was able to seal his second front row qualifying performance of the season.

BSB Thruxton QP Hickman
Peter Hickman

Josh Brookes will head the second row; the Be Wiser Ducati rider decided to hold out in the opening stages of the session but he was able to move into fourth, pushing the racing brothers Andrew and Glenn into fifth and sixth respectively.

Ryan Vickers had his strongest qualifying performance of his rookie season in seventh place ahead of Jason O’Halloran and Iddon who completed the riders in Q3 for Tyco BMW.

BSB Thruxton QP Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell

However it was disappointment for Tarran Mackenzie who crashed out in the opening stage of Datatag Qualifying, sustaining a left wrist fracture, the same injury sustained by Joe Francis, which both riders now unfit ahead of tomorrow’s two races.

Thruxton BSB Qualifying Results

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:14.803s
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.059s
  3. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.502s
  4. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.668s
  5. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +0.733s
  6. Glenn Irwin (Tyco BMW) +0.774s
  7. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +0.940s
  8. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +1.101s
  9. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +1.139s

Supersport

Kyle Ryde took the first Dickies British Supersport GP2 win on track at Thruxton, slipping past Supersport class winner Jack Kennedy at the final corner. Launching off the line was the Integro Yamaha of Brad Jones but by the time they crossed the line for the first time series leader Kennedy had found a way through as had Ryde.

Remaining in a tense game of follow the leader for much of the race, title challenger Alastair Seeley had moved up to fourth by lap six before the Safety Car was deployed just one lap later. Pitting back in at the start of the tenth lap, it was a three lap battle for the win.

Coming down to the final corner on the final lap, Ryde was able to slice his way through Kennedy to take the victory on track and secure the GP2 machine. Kennedy finished top Supersport machine whilst Jones was able to hold off a late challenge from Seeley to take second.

 

PosRiderTime/Gap
1Kyle Ryde16m03.155
2Jack Kennedy+0.140
3Brad Jones+0.731
4Alastair Seeley+1.023
5Tom Oliver+4.331
6Lee Johnston+5.944
7Bradley Perie+6.167
8Rory Skinner+7.204
9Harry Truelove+7.403
10Richard Kerr+7.598
11Josh Owens+9.130
12Jack Scott+9.162
13Thomas Strudwick+10.017
14Sam Wilford+12.143
15Ben Wilson+12.516
16Kurt Wigley+12.682
17Jorel Boerboom+12.891
18Ross Patterson+13.215
19Sam Munro+15.051
20Tomás De Vries+15.723
21Jake Archer+15.820
22Aaron Ridewood+17.161
23Alan Naylor+1:03.847
Not Classified
DNFMason Law1 Lap
DNFCharlie Nesbitt3 Laps
DNFJamie Perrin3 Laps
DNFPhil Wakefield7 Laps
PosRiderTime
1Jack Kennedy1m16.244
2Kyle Ryde1m16.540
3Brad Jones1m17.142
4Tom Oliver1m17.284
5Mason Law1m17.446
6Alastair Seeley1m17.448
7Richard Kerr1m17.503
8Bradley Perie1m17.524
9Lee Johnston1m17.527
10Rory Skinner1m17.598
11Charlie Nesbitt1m17.605
12Jamie Perrin1m17.676
13Josh Owens1m17.810
14Harry Truelove1m18.154
15Jack Scott1m18.333
16Phil Wakefield1m18.413
17Kurt Wigley1m18.476
18Ben Wilson1m18.615
19Jorel Boerboom1m18.678
20Ross Twyman1m18.931
21Sam Wilford1m18.990
22Thomas Strudwick1m19.023
23Jake Archer1m19.561
24Ross Patterson1m19.583
25Sam Munro1m19.604
26Aaron Ridewood1m19.928
27Tomás De Vries1m20.225
28Alan Naylor1m23.473
PosRiderPoints
1Jack Kennedy270
2Alastair Seeley239
3Brad Jones232
4Harry Truelove120
5Richard Kerr112
6Ben Wilson111
7Tom Oliver93
8Lee Johnston86
9Bradley Perie86
10Rory Skinner78
11Kurt Wigley75
12Charlie Nesbitt64
13Ross Patterson53
14Ross Twyman50
15Phil Wakefield24
16Tatsuya Yamaguchi19
17Eugene Mcmanus18
18Matt Wigley16
19Ian Hutchinson14
20Sam Munro12
21Alan Naylor9
22James Mclaren6
23William White6
24Ben Wotton4
25Ryan Dixon3
26Grant Mcintosh3
27Dominic Pettit2
28Aaron Ridewood2
29Jason Lynn1
30Paul Jordan1

 


Superstock 1000

Billy McConnell powered his OMG Racing Suzuki to pole position at Thruxton, lapping under the existing lap record by over half a second. It was an action-packed 30 minute session but it was McConnell leading the way for the majority, holding a commanding lead for much of qualifying. A run of fast laps from current series leader Richard Cooper saw him move up to second, just 0.094s behind the pole man with Taylor Mackenzie completing the front row in third. Lee Jackson heads the second row ahead of Andy Reid and Luke Jones.

Thruxton Superstock 1000 Qualifying Results

PosRiderTime
1Billy Mcconnell1m15.839
2Richard Cooper1m15.933
3Taylor Mackenzie1m16.110
4Lee Jackson1m16.346
5Andrew Reid1m16.566
6Luke Jones1m16.732
7Alex Olsen1m16.752
8Chrissy Rouse1m16.771
9Luke Hedger1m16.821
10Ashley Beech1m16.871
11Levi Day1m16.925
12Eemeli Lahti1m17.016
13Lewis Rollo1m17.078
14Tom Neave1m17.086
15Michael Rutter1m17.086
16Paul Mcclung1m17.106
17Barry Teasdale1m17.235
18Leon Jeacock1m17.384
19Milo Ward1m17.391
20Tim Neave1m17.504
21Tom Ward1m17.511
22Jordan Weaving1m17.520
23Graeme Irwin1m17.544
24George Stanley1m17.552
25Bjorn Estment1m17.917
26Brayden Elliott1m18.060
27Joe Collier1m18.092
28Rob Mcnealy1m18.150
29Daniel Cooper1m18.159
30Jamie Tibble1m18.658
31Benjamin Godfrey1m19.455
32James White1m19.489
33Sam Cox1m19.754
34Joe Sheldon-Shaw1m19.945
35Max Alexander1m20.058
36Allister Haynes1m20.664
37Jim Walker1m21.090
38Paul Westerdale1m21.381
39Michael Austin1m22.299