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Donington Park BSB Qualifying | O'Halloran bags pole, advantage Bridewell over Irwin

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Jason O'Halloran, McAMS, Yamaha R1, 2023 BSB, Donington Park, action [Impact Images]

Jason O’Halloran claimed pole position for this afternoon’s opening British Superbike Championship race at Donington Park for his third pole of the season.

Stopping the clock with a lap time of 1m 27.196s, it placed the McAMS Yamaha rider 0.142s clear of Tommy Bridewell (BeerMonster Ducati) with Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team) taking third.

As a few spots of rain fell, Italian Niccolo Canepa (McAMS Yamaha) set the fastest time in Q1 at 1’28.469s, but it was Haslam who set the pace initially in Q2 with a considerably quicker lap of 1’27.364s.


That put him almost a second clear of Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) but LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha team-mates Kyle Ryde and Ryan Vickers quickly moved into second and third, a tenth and two tenths of a second adrift respectively.

Storm Stacey was out of luck though as he stopped with a technical issue shortly after setting the tenth quickest time on the Starline Racing Kawasaki.

Bridewell and BeerMonster team-mate and championship leader Glenn Irwin slotted into fourth and fifth on their opening lap before O’Halloran split them and Canepa was continuing to improve as he went seventh quickest after breaking into the 1’27’s for the first time.

With three minutes to go, Bridewell jumped up to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 1’27.338s putting him 0.026s clear of Haslam but shortly afterwards, O’Halloran set the quickest sector times in sectors one and two and again in sector four and sure enough he went pole with a time of 1.27.196s.

That gave him advantage of 0.142s and he held on to the top spot from Bridewell and Haslam with Ryde, Vickers and Irwin’s earlier lap times keeping them in the top six and on the second row.

BSB debutant Canepa, Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW), Charlie Nesbitt (MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing) and Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) completed the top ten.

Josh Brookes, a podium finisher at Donington earlier in the year, scraped through to Q2 after taking the final spot in Q1 but could only manage 17th on the FHO Racing BMW which will see him line up on the sixth row later this afternoon.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Donington Park | Qualifying Results
P/sRiderNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jason O'Halloran🇦🇺McAMSYamaha R11m 27.196
2Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 27.338
3Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 27.364
4Kyle Ryde🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 27.492
5Ryan Vickers🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 27.525
6Glenn Irwin🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 27.552
7Niccolo Canepa🇮🇹McAMSYamaha R11m 27.807
8Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 27.967
9Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.102
10Lee Jackson🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.113
11Christian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 28.289
12Davey Todd🇬🇧SYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.433
13Storm Stacey🇬🇧Starline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.499
14Luke Mossey🇬🇧Tactix L1 RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.568
15Max Cook🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.596
16Andrew Irwin🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.686
17Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.732
18Bradley Perie🇬🇧VisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.136
19Alex Olsen🇬🇧Cumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.247
20Tom Neave🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.274
21Jack Kennedy🇮🇪Mar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 29.392
22Jack Scott🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.804
23Franco Bourne🇬🇧Marvel HCL RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.156
24Lewis Valleley🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 30.158
25Michael Dunlop🇬🇧Crendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 31.359
26Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.373

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