Round 5 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Snetterton - Qualifying
Fans of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship were delighted by the first Superpole Qualifying session of the 2016 season in which nine riders went out and set one individual lap that would dictate their grid position tomorrow.
It was Shane 'Shakey' Byrne that emerged victorious in the session, clear of title rival Leon Haslam by a stunning 0.563s.
Broc Parkes set an impressive benchmark, however Peter Hickman was able to fire his JG Speedfit Kawasaki onto the top spot. Christian Iddon was unable to match the pace of either Hickman or Parkes and was forced to settle for third as the session progressed.
Cooper will start the race ninth tomorrow after not being able to match the times set from Hickman, Parkes and Iddon. One of the best parts of the Superpole session is that every rider gets a lot of TV time and attention from the commentators that may sometimes get missed. One of the most impressive performances was from Danny Buchan who wrestled his Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati around the circuit and up into second in an impressive performance.
Haslam was next out and fired his superbike into pole position at that point. The Honda has been going well this weekend, however O'Halloran and Linfoot weren't able to better the times. They will start tomorrows race one with Linfoot third and O'Halloran fourth.
When Shane Byrne got on track people were aware that with a clear track and a level head on him he can always cope well under pressure and this was no exception. Finishing 0.563s ahead of Haslam, Byrne will be clear favourite to win race one tomorrow as he starts on pole and evidently has the pace to make it stick.
The grid tomorrow will be as follows: 1. Byrne 2. Haslam 3. Linfoot 4. O'Halloran 5. Hickman 6. Buchan 7. Parkes 8. Iddon 9. Cooper.
09.07.2016 - Big Ed