Author: Oli Rushby Posted: 01 Aug 2015
Josh Brookes will start tomorrow’s first British Superbike race on pole position after an intense qualifying session at Thruxton, beating Ducati’s John ‘Hopkins to the top spot.
“I didn’t know if I could do it,” said Brookes after the session. “I’d seen John’s [Hopkins] lap in Q2 and thought ‘that was a good lap’! I knew I had a little bit in reserve but I didn’t think it would be that much but I put everything on the line and got my head down.”
Championship leader Shane Byrne endured a nightmare session, failing to get out of Q2 to fight for pole. He’ll start the first race from the sixth row in 17th place.
BSB rookie Luke Mossey completes the front row after a career-best qualifying on the Tec-care Quattro Plant Kawasaki.
“I’m really finding my feet a bit now,” said Mossey. At the start of the year I was really chasing it and it wasn’t coming but I’ve calmed down and it’s come to us a bit. I’ve stopped riding the bike like a supersport bike, going too fast into corners and losing my drive, and that’s made a huge difference.”
Dan Linfoot took a strong fourth place ahead with James Ellison and Peter Hickman joining him on the second row.
Bennetts Suzuki’s Christian Iddon will start seventh ahead of Richard Cooper, Danny Buchan and Howie Mainwaring.
Two red flags interrupted proceedings, one after a technical problem for Billy McConnell and the second for an accident involving Honda’s Jason O’Halloran. The Aussie clipped Howie Mainwaring in Q2, crashing out and suffering a broken femur. The incident is under investigation.
With the first 24 riders covered by half a second, the first 20-minute qualifying session was more punishing than ever. 2014 runner-up Ryuichi Kiyonari found this out the hard way and will start 22nd on the grid.
British Superbikes – Thruxton – Qualifying Times