BSB: Haslam on pole as qualifying cancelled

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Leon Haslam will start tomorrow’s MCE British Superbike Championship season opener from pole position after qualifying was cancelled this afternoon following a severe track contamination.

A blow-up in the TriOptions Cup left a half a kilometre oil slick up through Schwantz curve led to a major clean-up operation, which delayed track activity to the point race organisers were faced with no option but to cancel the scheduled BSB qualifying session.

With this morning’s FP3 session run in sodden conditions, the decision was made to take the grid from combined qualifying times from the three free practice sessions.


This leaves Haslam to start from pole for the opening race ahead team-mate Luke Mossey with Josh Brookes joining the JG Speedfit Kawasaki on the front row.

Peter Hickman will line up fourth, ahead of Shane Byrne whose FP1 time places him fifth on the combined times after a technical problem ruled him out of FP2. McAMS Yamaha’s James Ellison completes the front row.

John Hopkins leads row three, ahead of Sylvain Guintoli who topped the wet morning session, with Glenn Irwin and Christian Iddon rounding out the top ten. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing