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.

 

Pos Rider Time/Gap
1 Kyle Ryde 16m03.155
2 Jack Kennedy +0.140
3 Brad Jones +0.731
4 Alastair Seeley +1.023
5 Tom Oliver +4.331
6 Lee Johnston +5.944
7 Bradley Perie +6.167
8 Rory Skinner +7.204
9 Harry Truelove +7.403
10 Richard Kerr +7.598
11 Josh Owens +9.130
12 Jack Scott +9.162
13 Thomas Strudwick +10.017
14 Sam Wilford +12.143
15 Ben Wilson +12.516
16 Kurt Wigley +12.682
17 Jorel Boerboom +12.891
18 Ross Patterson +13.215
19 Sam Munro +15.051
20 Tomás De Vries +15.723
21 Jake Archer +15.820
22 Aaron Ridewood +17.161
23 Alan Naylor +1:03.847
Not Classified
DNF Mason Law 1 Lap
DNF Charlie Nesbitt 3 Laps
DNF Jamie Perrin 3 Laps
DNF Phil Wakefield 7 Laps
Pos Rider Time
1 Jack Kennedy 1m16.244
2 Kyle Ryde 1m16.540
3 Brad Jones 1m17.142
4 Tom Oliver 1m17.284
5 Mason Law 1m17.446
6 Alastair Seeley 1m17.448
7 Richard Kerr 1m17.503
8 Bradley Perie 1m17.524
9 Lee Johnston 1m17.527
10 Rory Skinner 1m17.598
11 Charlie Nesbitt 1m17.605
12 Jamie Perrin 1m17.676
13 Josh Owens 1m17.810
14 Harry Truelove 1m18.154
15 Jack Scott 1m18.333
16 Phil Wakefield 1m18.413
17 Kurt Wigley 1m18.476
18 Ben Wilson 1m18.615
19 Jorel Boerboom 1m18.678
20 Ross Twyman 1m18.931
21 Sam Wilford 1m18.990
22 Thomas Strudwick 1m19.023
23 Jake Archer 1m19.561
24 Ross Patterson 1m19.583
25 Sam Munro 1m19.604
26 Aaron Ridewood 1m19.928
27 Tomás De Vries 1m20.225
28 Alan Naylor 1m23.473
Pos Rider Points
1 Jack Kennedy 270
2 Alastair Seeley 239
3 Brad Jones 232
4 Harry Truelove 120
5 Richard Kerr 112
6 Ben Wilson 111
7 Tom Oliver 93
8 Lee Johnston 86
9 Bradley Perie 86
10 Rory Skinner 78
11 Kurt Wigley 75
12 Charlie Nesbitt 64
13 Ross Patterson 53
14 Ross Twyman 50
15 Phil Wakefield 24
16 Tatsuya Yamaguchi 19
17 Eugene Mcmanus 18
18 Matt Wigley 16
19 Ian Hutchinson 14
20 Sam Munro 12
21 Alan Naylor 9
22 James Mclaren 6
23 William White 6
24 Ben Wotton 4
25 Ryan Dixon 3
26 Grant Mcintosh 3
27 Dominic Pettit 2
28 Aaron Ridewood 2
29 Jason Lynn 1
30 Paul Jordan 1

 


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

Pos Rider Time
1 Billy Mcconnell 1m15.839
2 Richard Cooper 1m15.933
3 Taylor Mackenzie 1m16.110
4 Lee Jackson 1m16.346
5 Andrew Reid 1m16.566
6 Luke Jones 1m16.732
7 Alex Olsen 1m16.752
8 Chrissy Rouse 1m16.771
9 Luke Hedger 1m16.821
10 Ashley Beech 1m16.871
11 Levi Day 1m16.925
12 Eemeli Lahti 1m17.016
13 Lewis Rollo 1m17.078
14 Tom Neave 1m17.086
15 Michael Rutter 1m17.086
16 Paul Mcclung 1m17.106
17 Barry Teasdale 1m17.235
18 Leon Jeacock 1m17.384
19 Milo Ward 1m17.391
20 Tim Neave 1m17.504
21 Tom Ward 1m17.511
22 Jordan Weaving 1m17.520
23 Graeme Irwin 1m17.544
24 George Stanley 1m17.552
25 Bjorn Estment 1m17.917
26 Brayden Elliott 1m18.060
27 Joe Collier 1m18.092
28 Rob Mcnealy 1m18.150
29 Daniel Cooper 1m18.159
30 Jamie Tibble 1m18.658
31 Benjamin Godfrey 1m19.455
32 James White 1m19.489
33 Sam Cox 1m19.754
34 Joe Sheldon-Shaw 1m19.945
35 Max Alexander 1m20.058
36 Allister Haynes 1m20.664
37 Jim Walker 1m21.090
38 Paul Westerdale 1m21.381
39 Michael Austin 1m22.299