Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Impact Images Posted: 03 Oct 2015
Josh Brookes will start from pole position for tomorrow’s first British Superbike race at Silverstone after decimating the BSB lap record.
The Milwaukee Yamaha rider lapped the 3.6 mile circuit in a time of 2’03.984 to secure the top spot from John Hopkins, who was 0.2 off the Australian with Bennetts Suzuki’s Christian Iddon rounding out the front row.
It was a disastrous session for Brookes’ main championship rival, Shane Byrne, who, despite showing strong pace in Q1 and Q2, finished dead last in the final session and will start tomorrow’s first race from tenth on the fourth row of the grid.
Brookes’ time over two seconds under the official British Superbike lap record and also topples John Hopkins’ previous circuit best of 2’04.049.
“I kind of changed my character in qualifying as normally I’d do two or three flying laps but in Q2 I did a really nice lap on my first flier,” said Brookes after the session. It felt like there wasn’t a lot more I could achieve, I knew it would be enough to get into the final qualifying so I left that thought in my head before Q3.
“On my first flier in Q3, I went into the first turn and made a mistake, running really wide and had to roll the throttle. I thought that was it for that lap but I kept the gas on and by Maggotts and Becketts and was back on a personal best on so I’d made up whatever I lost and it was game on again.
“I kept everything as good as I could and raced right until the finish, where I saw 2’03.9 on the dash and wondered whether to try and make another lap but then I thought that if someone could beat that lap then they deserve it, because I was on the line that lap and I didn’t really believe I could make a better lap without a fresh set of tyres.”
Championship contender James Ellison heads the second row, missing out on third by just 0.002sec in Q3. He’ll be joined by Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey and the second Milwaukee Yamaha of Jakub Smrz.
Peter Hickman will start seventh ahead of Michael Laverty, with showdown contender Dan Linfoot rounding out the third row.
British Superbikes - Silverstone – Qualifying Times