Broc Parkes 4th on the grid – Jason O’Halloran tumbles on Superpole lap and will start from ninth
Billy McConnell qualifies 22nd – Josh Hook 29th
Luke Mossey will start from pole position for tomorrow’s opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Brands Hatch after an intense Datatag Superpole session on the Grand Prix circuit where he went just 0.111s faster than Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.
The opening session saw some of the leading contenders bidding to claw their way into Q2 and it wasn’t until the final minutes that riders including James Ellison and Michael Laverty were able to make the cut.
Q2 was equally nerve-wracking for some of the teams, with Ellison narrowly missing out in tenth place ahead of Michael Laverty, Peter Hickman and Christian Iddon as they jostled to make the final nine.
Tommy Bridewell was the first rider to exit the pitlane for his Superpole lap and the Bennetts Suzuki rider wasn’t taking any prisoners as he set the benchmark time of a 1m:25.707s. However his spell at the top was short lived as next to go for the one lap shootout was Mossey and the Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki rider moved to the top by 0.324s.
As Mossey and Bridewell anxiously watched to see whether they had done enough to hold on to a front row start, Lee Jackson completed his flying lap on the first of the Buildbase BMWs, holding third place.
Leon Haslam had put in a determined performance to move into the top nine for the first time this weekend in Datatag Qualifying and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider slotted into third place with his flying lap.
Next up for the hot lap was Richard Cooper and the Buildbase BMW rider was unable to get the upper hand and he held fifth place with four riders still to complete their lap.
Broc Parkes made his second appearance in Superpole and the ePayMe Yamaha rider stormed into third place after his flying lap with just three riders to go and Glenn Irwin headed out next to try and surpass the riders ahead of him. However the Be Wiser Ducati rider missed out and finished in fourth place, just 0.012s adrift of Parkes who continued to hold third position.
Jason O’Halloran was pushing to make it to the top of the times but as he bid to make up time in the final sector he crashed out on his flying lap unhurt and will start ninth on the grid.
That left just Byrne left to complete a lap and the Be Wiser Ducati rider was on a charge to try and claim the top spot at his home round however it wasn’t to be, the Kent contender missing out by 0.111s at the chequered flag. A jubilant Mossey was left celebrating his pole position with Byrne and Bridewell completing the final front row for tomorrow’s opening race.
Benjamin Currie took tenth and seventh places in the two Supersport races while Tarran Mackenzie was victorious in both bouts.
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Superpole result
Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) 1m:25.383s
Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.111s
Tommy Bridewell (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.324s
Broc Parkes (ePayMe Yamaha) +0.402s
Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.414s
Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.510s
Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +0.553s
Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +0.556s
Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing)
Luke Mossey – (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki)
“It feels great to be on pole as yesterday I wasn’t happy with the bike at all. We had some problems and we couldn’t find the right setting and I felt like I was a little bit on the back foot, especially with a crash yesterday. We woke up this morning with a fresh head on and the boys have worked hard to cure the problem and I think that proves we have cured it now! I really didn’t expect to get the pole position, so to be sitting here in pole position makes me feel over the moon! I am looking forward now to two hard races tomorrow.”
“Having been quickest in all the sessions, I wanted to push the boat out a bit and produce something special in Superpole but I ended up making far too many mistakes. I got a really good run onto the start and finish straight to start the lap but then ran wide at Paddock Hill and then again at Druids. I told myself to keep calm as there was still plenty of time to pull the lost time back but then I ran wide at Surtees too. It wasn’t a great lap at all and I’m a bit disappointed but happy to be on the front row. The whole team’s worked so hard and I’ll try to get a good start and ride my own race tomorrow. It’s going to be difficult, though, as there are a few riders who look to have a similar pace and race wins don’t come easy!”
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