Round 6 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Thruxton - Qualifying
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne has claimed pole position for tomorrows race one, following an riveting superpole session around Thruxton. Byrne had been consistently top throughout the weekend and heading into the qualifying pretty much all bets were on the Ducati rider, however the beauty of superpole is that anything can happen over the space of one lap, and the pressure was on.
Michael Laverty was first out and set an impressive benchmark of 1:15:021s.
Jake Dixon followed and put in an impressive lap as he continues to gets to grips with the superbike, however he was unable to top Tyco BMW's Laverty.
Dixon's Briggs Equipment BMW teammate Alistair Seeley was next up and separated the pair, going faster than Dixon yet unable to match the time Laverty set earlier on in the session. Credit to Briggs Equipment BMW, being the only team in the paddock with two riders in the top ten!
Lee Jackson was next up and put in a fantastic lap, but had to settle for a provisional second place finishing an excruciatingly close 0.009s adrift from Laverty.
Billy McConnell will start seventh on the grid, the best result for the rider and FS-3 Racing Kawasaki in 2016.
Tommy Bridewell put in a fantastic lap and claimed his first front row start of 2016, edging Laverty off the top spot by 0.053s.
Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot headed out and seemed to be on his way to provisional pole position, however was unable to push Bridewell off the top spot, finishing just 0.004s adrift.
Next up was Shakey Byrne, everyone was aware that he had the pace to bag pole position, having smashed the Thruxton lap record earlier in the qualifying session. He was down in the first sector, however pulled it back and crossed the line over 0.2s ahead of Bridewell.
Linfoot will make up the first row, followed by Mossey, Laverty, Jackson, McConnell, Seeley and Dixon.
23.07.2016 - Big Ed