Kawasaki 1-2 on the grid for Knockhill BSB races

Luke Mossey will start from pole position for the first time this season as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki set the pace in this afternoon’s Datatag Qualifying session, leading the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship pack by just 0.101s ahead of tomorrow’s races.

Luke Mossey - JG Speedfit Kawasaki - Image by Jon Jessop
Luke Mossey – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – Image by Jon Jessop

After a delayed start to the session the riders all took to the track for one 30 minute session, but Mossey is determined to fly the flag for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team and he instantly set the benchmark, lapping consistently faster to remain at the top of the times.

Luke Mossey – JG Speedfit Kawasaki

“I am glad to be starting from the pole position after that session. I am happy to be fastest as it rewards the team especially with Leon [Haslam] out after his crash yesterday. We had a problem with an engine this morning, so the boys did a great job to put a new one in for qualifying this afternoon and we were ready to go. I am feeling confident so hopefully we can come out and fight for the wins tomorrow.”

Luke Mossey - JG Speedfit Kawasaki - Image by Jon Jessop
Luke Mossey – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – Image by Jon Jessop

RAF Reserves Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon was having his strongest performance of the season so far as he climbed into the top three and despite dipping down the order briefly, he fired himself into second place to score his first front row start in MCE BSB. The 21-year-old later slipped off in the final minutes of the session at the Hairpin, but was unhurt.

The front row for tomorrow’s opening race is completed by James Ellison; he was another rider to crash unhurt at the Hairpin in the early stages of the session. The McAMS Yamaha rider returned to the garage and was soon back on circuit, powering in a string of laps to complete the front row.

Michael Laverty was another faller - Image by Jon Jessop
Michael Laverty was another faller – Image by Jon Jessop

Defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne set the fourth fastest time to head the second row of the grid; the Be Wiser Ducati rider will be joined by the leading Honda Racing Fireblade of Jason O’Halloran with Josh Brookes lining up sixth.

Sylvain Guintoli sealed his best qualifying performance of the season in seventh place for Bennetts Suzuki, just ahead of Jakub Smrz who split the Frenchman from his team-mate Taylor Mackenzie with Dan Linfoot completing the top ten.

Billy McConnell just missed out on the top ten but is less than half-a-second off pole sitter Mossey’s benchmark. 

2017 British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, Datatag Qualifying Results
  1. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 48.297s
  2. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +0.101s
  3. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +0.167s
  4. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.170s
  5. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.185s
  6. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.220s
  7. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.254s
  8. Jakub Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR BMW) +0.381s
  9. Taylor Mackenzie (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.402s
  10. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.428s
  11. Billy McConnell (Quattro Plant FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.458

British Supersport

Keith Farmer was able to convert his pole position to his debut victory of the season following a frantic 15 laps of Dickies British Supersport racing. It was the Gearlink Kawasaki of Andrew Irwin who grabbed the holeshot, leading Farmer and Jack Kennedy for the opening third of the race, before Farmer made his first move into the lead on lap six.

Keith Farmer leads the pack at Knockhill - Image by Jon Jessop
Keith Farmer leads the pack at Knockhill – Image by Jon Jessop

Not wanting to go down without a fight, Irwin slipped back into the lead on lap ten but the fast-charging Carrickfergus man just could not fend off a last lap challenge from Farmer. Kennedy secured third place on the podium with Benjamin Currie and David Alingham rounding out the top five.

Keith Farmer and Andrew Irwin battled hard at Knockhill - Image by Jon Jessop
Keith Farmer and Andrew Irwin battled hard at Knockhill – Image by Jon Jessop

Allingham now enjoys a slender 12-point advantage over Farmer and Irwin who are equal on 95-points, Australian Ben Currie is just a further three-points behind.

Ben Currie - Image by Jon Jessop
Ben Currie – Image by Jon Jessop
Dickies British Supersport, Knockhill Sprint Race
  1. Keith Farmer (Team Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha)
  2. Andrew Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.381s
  3. Jack Kennedy (GAC Logistics MV Augusta) +0.892s
  4. Benjamin Currie (Gearlink Kawasaki) +1.391s
  5. David Allingham (EHA Racing Yamaha) +4.468s
Andrew Irwin 2nd - Jack Kennedy - 3rd - Keith Farmer 1st - 2017 British Supersport Championship Knockhill Sprint Race Podium
Andrew Irwin 2nd – Jack Kennedy – 3rd – Keith Farmer 1st – 2017 British Supersport Championship Knockhill Sprint Race Podium
Dickies British Supersport Championship Standings
  1. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 150
  2. David Allingham (EHA Racing Yamaha) 107
  3. Keith Farmer (Team Appleyard Macadam Racing Yamaha) 95
  4. Andrew Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) 95
  5. Benjamin Currie (Gearlink Kawasaki) 92

British Superstock 1000

Danny Buchan powered his Morello Racing Kawasaki to a fifth victory of the season in the opening Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Knockhill, taking the series lead in the process. Launching off the line to grab the holeshot, Buchan was unchallenged on his way to victory. It was Chrissy Rouse who held second place early on in the race, but a mistake on lap seven saw him crash out of contention and Michael Rutter move to second place.

Danny Buchan powered his Morello Racing Kawasaki to a fifth victory of the season in the opening Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Knockhill, taking the series lead in the process. - Image by Jon Jessop
Danny Buchan powered his Morello Racing Kawasaki to a fifth victory of the season in the opening Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race at Knockhill, taking the series lead in the process. – Image by Jon Jessop

It was an enthralling battle for the final rostrum spot, with Tyco BMW returnee Josh Elliott briefly holding the podium place, before rookie rider Matthew Paulo slipped through on lap 11 and was able to hold on to claim his maiden Superstock 1000 podium.

Michael Rutter 2nd - Danny Buchan 1st - Matthew Paulo 3rd - Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Knockhill Race One Podium
Michael Rutter 2nd – Danny Buchan 1st – Matthew Paulo 3rd – Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship Knockhill Race One Podium – Image by Jon Jessop

Oulton Park winner Mason Law worked his way up from tenth on the grid to claim fourth with Josh Elliott eventually crossing the line in fifth. Brayden Elliott crossed the line in 21st position. 

British Superstock 1000 Knockhill Race Results
  1. Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki – Morello Racing Kawasaki  
  2. Michael RUTTER BMW – Bathams SMT 4.374 
  3. Matthew PAULO Yamaha – Newman Racing 5.314 
  4. Mason LAW Kawasaki – STAUFF Connect Academy 11.328 
  5. Josh ELLIOTT BMW – Tyco BMW Motorrad 13.371 
  6. Luke HEDGER Aprilia – EHA Racing Aprilia UK 18.283 
  7. Alex OLSEN Suzuki – Buildbase Suzuki 18.514 
  8. Fraser ROGERS Kawasaki – Morello Racing Kawasaki 20.991 
  9. Carl PHILLIPS Suzuki – MD Racing 22.083 
  10. James RISPOLI Kawasaki – Quattro Plant FS-3 Racing Kawasaki 22.336
  11. Jordan WEAVING Kawasaki – Briggs Equipment Kawasaki 22.676
  12. Lewis ROLLO * Kawasaki – MSS Performance 23.664
  13. Barry TEASDALE BMW – Bob Henderson Racing 24.101
  14. Tom TUNSTALL BMW – Integro 27.489 
  15. Leon JEACOCK Suzuki – Geo E Davies Racing 27.752
  16. Sam WEST BMW – PRL Worthington 30.377
  17. Adam JENKINSON BMW – Northern Escalator Installations 33.841
  18. Sam COVENTRY Kawasaki – G & S Racing Kawasaki 33.900
  19. Paul McCLUNG BMW – McClung Racing 34.208
  20. Tom FISHER Kawasaki – G & S Racing Kawasaki 38.150
  21. Brayden ELLIOTT Yamaha – PacedayZ Trackdays 38.367 
  22. Ryan GIBSON Yamaha – GA Racing Motorsolve Car Repairs 1 Lap

British Superstock 600 Knockhill Qualifying

Tom Neave has claimed his maiden Pirelli National Superstock 600 pole position at Knockhill, finishing just 0.044s ahead of George Stanley.

It was an action-packed session which saw the top ten constantly swap places, however it was the Chalk Racing Neave Twins Racing Kawasaki which topped the session.

Jordan Gilbert claimed third place, with Arthur Sissis in fourth – just 0.094s behind the pole position.

Championship leader Dan Stamper secured a sixth place start, whilst the top 17 were covered by less than a second.

British Superstock 600 Knockhill Qualifying Results
  1. Tom NEAVE Kawasaki – Chalk Racing Neave Twins 51.178 
  2. George STANLEY Kawasaki – BWSR 51.222 
  3. Jordan GILBERT Yamaha – Mission Racing 51.244 
  4. Arthur SISSIS Kawasaki – Moto-Breakers Racing 51.272 
  5. Ryan WATSON Yamaha – Grey Harlings 51.279