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Thruxton BSB Saturday Qualifying | Jason O'Halloran heads an all Yamaha front row

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Jason O’Halloran claimed pole position for this afternoon’s British Superbike Championship race at Thruxton, with the McAMS Yamaha rider getting the better of the LAMI OMG Racing pairing of Ryan Vickers and Kyle Ryde in the 12-minute qualifying session.

That made it a Yamaha 1-2-3, the R1 expected to be prominent around the high-speed venue but the big story of the session was championship leader Tommy Bridewell being down in 15th on the BeerMonster Ducati, some 1.2s off the pace.

With the morning rain having cleared up, both Q1 and Q2 were completely dry, Vickers, Max Cook, Leon Haslam, Bradley Perie, Dean Harrison and Storm Stacey all advancing from the former but Josh Brookes failing to progress, the Australian only managing a lowly 21st after suffering with a lack of grip.


That was the second big story in the session, but it was of little concern to the 18 riders that lined up for Q2 and it was Vickers who set the pace on the first flying lap with a 1’14.918s, the first sub-1’15 of the weekend. Fellow Yamaha riders O’Halloran and Ryde followed with Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) in fourth ahead of Charlie Nesbitt (MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing) and the impressive Cook.

Less than half a second covered the top six riders in the early stages but there were no changes on the second flying lap as championship leader Bridewell and team-mate Glenn Irwin found themselves down in 11th and 13th respectively.

Changes came next time around as O’Halloran moved to the top of the leaderboard, his lap of 1’14.634s putting him 0.284s clear of Vickers, third to sixth remaining the same as Irwin hauled himself up to eighth behind Stacey.

There were to be no further changes in the top six though and it was Stacey (Starline Racing Kawasaki), Irwin, Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) and Haslam that completed the top ten with Bridewell slipping back to 15th at the chequered flag. Fellow Ducati rider Christian Iddon was another rider to find the going tough with the Oxford Products Racing rider finishing one place further back in 16th.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Thruxton | Combined Qualifying Results | Round 7 / 11
1Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMSYamaha R11m 14.635
2Ryan VickersGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 14.918
3Kyle RydeGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 15.172
4Lee JacksonGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 15.302
5Charlie NesbittGBRMasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 15.305
6Max CookGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 15.348
7Storm StaceyGBRStarline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 15.372
8Glenn IrwinGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 15.378
9Jack KennedyIRLMar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 15.430
10Leon HaslamGBRROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 15.441
11Luke MosseyGBRTactix L1 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 15.542
12Danny KentGBRLovell Kent RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 15.581
13Peter HickmanGBRFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 15.630
14Dean HarrisonGBRDAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 15.745
15Tommy BridewellGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 15.901
16Bradley PerieGBRVisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 16.436
17Christian IddonGBROxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 16.453
18Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 16.592
19Hector BarberaESPTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 16.526
20Tito RabatESPMcAMSYamaha R11m 16.534
21Josh BrookesAUSFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 16.584
22Jack ScottGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 16.611
23Franco BourneGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 16.903
24Tom NeaveGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 16.929
25Louis ValleleyGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 17.853

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