Jake Dixon – 1’14.052
Josh Brookes – 1’14.256
Peter Hickman – 1’14.657
RAF Reserves Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon bagged his maiden MCE British Superbike pole position as he blitzed the majority of the field with an impressive 1’14.052 lap during MCE British Superbike Superpole at Thruxton.
Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha’s Josh Brookes looked on course to clinch the number one spot on the grid, but it was snatched away from him by Dixon who edged two tenths out his one-lap dash.
Making up the front row is Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman. He has been up the sharp end all weekend and has never been off the pace, or outside the top three times. Missing out on a front row start was Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon, who was 0.1s off P3.
Be Wiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne still holds the outright lap record at the circuit, but his Superpole lap did not go to plan and he was unable to lap inside the 1’14’s. Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot rounds off the second row. O’Halloran, Hopkins and Haslam complete row three.
Moto Rapido Ducati’s John Hopkins went out into Superpole using a used rear tyre, as he made his way on track on new tyres during Q2. His best time of a 1’14.670 was nearly one second slower than his quickest time in the second qualifying outing and will start eighth.
JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam was on course for a possible front row start, but crashed his ZX-10RR at the chicane. The Smalley rider walked away from the fall, and will start on the third row for race one on Sunday.
Haslam was not the only JG Speedfit backed rider to crash today at the Hampshire track, as his team-mate, Luke Mossey was missing from proceedings. He is currently being assessed at Southampton University hospital after sustaining a back injury during FP3. He has been ruled out of the rest of the race weekend.
Dan Linfoot – 1’14.408
Jake Dixon – 1’14.423
Leon Haslam – 1’14.482
Linfoot, from out of nowhere lapped a super quick 1’14.408 to slot into the provisional pole position spot. Hot on his tail was youngster Jake Dixon who was also in the 1’14.4 realm. Haslam made his way into the top three for the first time this race weekend, with his 1’14.482 time.
Hopkins made it into Superpole by the skin of his teeth and was two tenths away from being in the drop zone. Bradley Ray was unlucky not to make it into the top nine times, and has to settle for a fourth row start tomorrow.
Smrz had been strong all weekend, only to be a fraction too slow to progress into the final qualifying outing. Michael Rutter has had a really busy day. A few hours before the session he finished third in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race and then set the 12th quickest time on his Bathams backed bike in the BSB class.
Joining the veteran racer in the drop zone was, Westmoreland, Guintoli, Jessopp, Bridewell, Jessopp, Reid and Mackenzie.
Jake Dixon – 1’14.771
Shane Byrne – 1’14.923
Peter Hickman – 1’15.074
Dixon once again replicated his earlier good form from yesterday and equalled his 1’14.7 lap from free practice two. Byrne also lapped in the 1’14’s to go P2, with Hickman making his way into the top three.
It was not a great session for the McAMS Yamaha team. Both James Ellison and Michael Laverty tried last lap dashes, but to no avail. The pair have been struggling this race weekend and were never out of the drop zone in Q1.
Smiths Racing’s Lee Jackson was inside the top six during Friday’s FP session, but he could not pull his S1000RR into the top 18, and his 1’15.811 was only one tenth off the time set by Jessopp who went all the way to the second qualifying session.
Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin is still recovering from his shoulder dislocation at Knockhill, and is still not 100 percent fit. He was the 20th fastest rider, and was also joined in the elimination spots with Winfield, Zanotti and Dunlop.
FS-3 Racing’s Billy McConnell crashed in FP3 and his team had a huge task to rebuild his damaged Kawasaki. The Aussie was unhurt in the incident, but his crew did not quite make it out for McConnell to set a time to progress into Q2.