Shane Byrne will start tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race at Oulton Park from pole position after coming close to beating his own outright lap record at the Cheshire track.
With spots of rain almost from the off in the third and final qualifying session, Byrne laid down the gauntlet with his first flying lap to clock a 1’34.016 and sit comfortably ahead of his rivals.
With the rain persisting, no one would better the Be Wiser Ducati man’s time in the remainder of the session despite rival Haslam coming close with his final lap.
Haslam will start from second, ahead of team-mate and winner last time out Luke Mossey.
Josh Brookes qualified fourth for Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha ahead of the second Be Wiser Ducati of Glenn Irwin and an impressive showing for RAF Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon who completes the second row.
Jason O’Halloran heads up row three for Honda Racing ahead of the BMWs of Peter Hickman and Christian Iddon.
Sylvain Guintoli’s troubles continued as he qualified 14th for Bennetts Suzuki, with James Ellison also off the pace on the McAMS Yamaha down in 15th after not making Q3. It was a tough session for the McAMS team, with Michael Laverty dramatically crashing out of contention at Cascades in the opening session. He’ll start the race 21st.
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