Luke Mossey will start tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race on pole position after Shane Byrne was unable to replicate his free practice pace in this afternoon’s Superpole session.
The Tec-care Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider almost didn’t make the superpole session after a throttle issue almost sidelined him in the second qualifying session, rolling back to the pits using the momentum he’d gained before the throttle disconnected, Mossey made it out to complete one flying lap at the end of the session to secure his place in the one-lap shoot out.
With his lap time of 1’25.383 slower than both Shane Byrne and Jason O’Halloran went in this morning’s FP3, it looked as if Mossey would be pushed back through the pack. The pentulimate man to head out for a lap, O’Halloran was 0.4 under when he dramatically crashed out of contention at Stirling’s bend.
It was then left to Byrne to topple the 24-year-old, but a plethora of mistakes meant he could only manage to lap within a tenth of Mossey’s time, with it later revealed he’d sustained a slow puncture on his lap.
Tommy Bridewell completes the front row for Bennetts Suzuki ahead of an impressive showing for ePayMe Yamaha’s new recruit, Broc Parkes, who heads up the second row. Glenn Irwin took fifth ahead of Leon Haslam, who has struggled with technical problems all weekend.
Lee Jackson will start seventh ahead of team-mate Richard Cooper, while O’Halloran starts ninth after the Superpole crash.
James Ellison, who narrowly missed out on a spot in Superpole, starts tenth ahead of Michael Laverty and Peter Hickman.
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