Round 7 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Brands Hatch GP - Qualifying
Luke Mossey has bagged pole position for tomorrow's race one following a disastrous Q2 in an action packed qualifying session.
The Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki rider was forced to prematurely retire from Q2 following a broken throttle cable, however the rider had a stroke of luck when the session was red flagged due to Kuba Smrz retiring and the marshals forced to inspect the circuit for any oil.
By the time it was given the all clear Mossey was able to get back out for one fast lap, of which he was able to go eighth and put his name into contention for the Superpole session.
Bridewell was first out and put in a 1:25:707s lap that he seemed unhappy with, stating that the race pace is there, however in qualifying the pace doesn't seem competitive. Unbeknownst to him he had just put in a lap that secured him a front row start in third place.
Mossey was next up and went even quicker, putting in a 1:25:383s lap and really making his mark on the superpole session off the back of Q2.
Jackson went third but was unable to match the pace set by Mossey and Bridewell. Haslam was next out and went quicker than Jackson, but again was unable to match the leading pair - the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider shook his head as he crossed the line.
Cooper put in an incredibly smooth ride but wasn-t quick enough to go faster than Jackson - off the pace by a painfully close 0.003s!
Parkes edged Haslam, Jackson and Cooper out and went third. The Australian rider who will be competing for the ePayMe Yamaha team for the remainder of the season seems to be really getting on with the bike and his qualifying performance is demonstrative of this.
Irwin was next out and went fourth behind Parkes on his Ducati, he will be hoping for another podium finish in tomorrow's action. O'Halloran was looking smooth and pushing his bike hard, however on one corner he pushed a little too much and crashed out unhurt ending his lap. He'll start from P9 tomorrow.
Byrne who had been top of the times throughout the weekend was expected to put his Ducati on pole position, however was unable to do so, being forced to settle for second position. In the post race interviews he described the lap as a 'catalogue of disasters' in which he made a number of mistakes. However he quite rightly said if he can still go second off what he feels like is a poor lap it should make race one interesting tomorrow.
Mossey will start pole, followed by Byrne and Bridewell. Parkes will start the second row with Irwin and Haslam joining him. Jackson, Cooper and O'Halloran will make up the third row.
06.08.2016 - Big Ed