Josh Brookes leaps to pole position with record pace

Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Impact Images Posted: 22 Aug 2015

Brookes leaps to pole at Cadwell

Josh Brookes stormed to pole position at Cadwell Park this afternoon, smashing the circuit lap record set in 2007 by Leon Haslam.

Brookes has been imperious across the weekend, topping all three practice sessions before going on to shatter Haslam’s 2007 lap record in this afternoon’s three-stage qualifying.

As usual, the three sessions weren’t without drama and it was John Hopkins who kicked it off with a fall in Q1. The MotoRapido Ducati rider managed to scrape through to the second session but his team were unable to rebuild the bike in time to get him back out.

Having made it through to Q2, Christian Iddon was next to take a tumble on his opening lap. He nursed his Bennetts Suzuki back to the pits and got back out within minutes but was unable to better his time and will start tomorrow’s race from 16th.

Shane Byrne’s mid-season struggles continued with the reigning champion failing to make it into the final session, he’ll start tomorrow’s first race from 11th on the grid.

Byrne's mid-season struggles continue

Danny Buchan will join Byrne’s main rival Josh Brookes on the front row, the Essex-lad bagging his best-ever British Superbike qualifying result.

Tommy Bridewell, who took his debut British Superbike victory here 12 months ago, will start third.

Luke Mossey will head the second row ahead of local-man Peter Hickman and Billy McConnell, with Michael Laverty, James Westmoreland and Martin Jessop on row three. Jack Kennedy completes the top ten.

Richard Cooper will start 12th in his first race back with the Buildbase BMW team, ahead of Lee Jackson and Dan Linfoot. Ryuichi Kiyonari’s tough season continued with the three-time champ forced to settle with 20th place.

British Superbikes – Cadwell Park – Qualifying

  1. Josh Brookes – Milwaukee Yamaha – 1’26.433
  2. Danny Buchan – Be Wiser Kawasaki – 1’26.892
  3. Tommy Bridewell – Tyco BMW Motorrad – 1’27.010
  4. Luke Mossey – Quattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki – 1’27.014
  5. Peter Hickman – RAF Reserves BMW – 1’27.211
  6. Billy McConnell – Smiths BMW – 1’27.377
  7. Michael Laverty – Tyco BMW Motorrad – 1’27.380
  8. James Westmoreland – JG Speedfit GBmoto Kawasaki – 1’27.393
  9. Martin Jessopp – Riders Motorcycles BMW – 1’27.420
  10. Jack Kennedy – WD40 Kawasaki – 1’27.793
  11. Shane Byrne – PBM Kawasaki – Q2
  12. Richard Cooper – Buildbase BMW – Q2
  13. Lee Jackson – Buildbase BMW – Q2
  14. Dan Linfoot – Honda Racing – Q2
  15. Howie Mainwaring – Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki – Q2
  16. Christian Iddon – Bennetts Suzuki – Q2
  17. Chris Walker – BeWiser Kawasaki – Q2
  18. John Hopkins – Lloyds British MotoRapido Ducati – Q2
  19. Josh Waters – Bennetts Suzuki – Q1
  20. Ryuichi Kiyonari – Buildbase BMW – Q1
  21. Filip Backlund – Anvil Hire TAG Racing – Q1
  22. Jed Metcher – PR Racing – Q1
  23. Aaron Zanotti – A Plant Yamaha – Q1
  24. Shaun Winfield – Anvil Hire TAG Racing – Q1
  25. John Ingram – Morello Racing Kawasaki – Q1
  26. Jenny Tinmouth – Honda Racing – Q1
  27. Rhalf Lo Turco – SBK City Kawasaki – Q1