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Oulton Park BSB Qualifying | Bridewell nudges Irwin for pole by just 0.006s

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Tommy Bridewell, BeerMonster Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 BSB, Oulton Park, action [Impact Images]

Tommy Bridewell claimed his third pole position of the British Superbike Championship season on Saturday afternoon with the BeerMonster Ducati rider taking the top spot at Oulton Park ahead of team-mate Glenn Irwin.

The gap between the championship leaders was just 0.006s and it was the perfect start to an emotional weekend for the team after the recent passing of team owner Paul Bird.

Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) set the third quickest lap to join them on the front row for this afternoon’s 12 lap race.


Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team) set the initial pace with a 1’34.377, which put him three tenths of a second clear of Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Ducati) but Irwin upstaged everyone with his first flying lap being 1’33.764.

That put him almost half a second clear of new second place rider Storm Stacey, the Starline Racing Kawasaki rider having come through Q1.

Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW) slotted into third ahead of Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki), Bridewell and Haslam who found himself bumped back down to sixth and a lap later 2015 and 2020 Champion Brookes moved up to second although he was still 0.449s adrift of Irwin.

However, Bridewell then went quickest with a lap of 1’33.758, 0.006s quicker than his team-mate Irwin and just a tenth of a second outside the lap record. Ryde moved up to third at the expense of Brookes whilst Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) jumped up the order to sixth with four minutes of the session to go.

The top three remained unchallenged but a late lap of 1’34.150 put Haslam back up to fourth ahead of Brookes and Stacey and it was O’Halloran, Jackson, Ryan Vickers on the second OMG machine and Iddon who completed the top ten.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Oulton Park | Qualifying Results
P/sRiderNati.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 33.758
2Glenn Irwin🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 33.764
3Kyle Ryde🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 34.045
4Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.150
5Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.213
6Storm Stacey🇬🇧Starline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.225
7Jason O'Halloran🇦🇺McAMSYamaha R11m 34.319
8Lee Jackson🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.367
9Ryan Vickers🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 34.434
10Christian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 34.497
11Luke Mossey🇬🇧Tactix L1 RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.711
12Jack Kennedy🇮🇪Mar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 34.799
13Max Cook🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.824
14Davey Todd🇬🇧SYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.883
15Luke Stapleford🇬🇧McAMSYamaha R11m 34.920
16Bradley Perie🇬🇧VisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.069
17Franco Bourne🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.285
18Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RRNo TIme
19Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.875
20Jack Scott🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.942
21Tom Neave🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.020
22Hector Barbera🇪🇦TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.371
23Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.727
24Lewis Valleley🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 37.528
25Michael Dunlop🇬🇧Crendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.793

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