BSB: Byrne takes pole ahead of local star Hickman
Shane Byrne will start on pole position for tomorrow’s opening MCE British Superbike race at Cadwell Park after a thrilling three-stage knockout qualifying.
It nearly wasn’t the case for the five-time British champion though, as he was almost knocked out of a super-close Q2 in which the top 16 were split by just 0.2 seconds.
While Byrne was able to salvage a last quick lap, one big name to be missing from the final pole position shootout was Cadwell’s King of the Mountain, Josh Brookes who narrowly missed out on his chance to fight for pole after qualifying P10.
Byrne’s quickest time in Q3 placed him 0.1sec ahead of his nearest challenger, local star Peter Hickman who continues to shine on the Smiths BMW.
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Leon Haslam completes the front row for JG Speedfit Kawasaki after a weekend of steady progress with the ZX10-RR.
Jake Dixon will line-up fourth ahead of the leading Honda of Jason O’Halloran while Lincoln’s Lee Jackson put in his best qualifying performance of the season to bag sixth on the grid.
Dan Linfoot starts seventh on the second Honda ahead of rookie Andy Reid who made his first appearance in Q3 ahead of team-mate Christian Iddon, who’d only get one flying lap after losing his chain at the end of his out-lap early in Q3.
The McAMS Yamaha duo of Michael Laverty and James Ellison were once again absent from the top ten despite showing signs of improvement this weekend.