Ulster GP: Superpole rescheduled for Saturday

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Ulster Grand Prix bosses have announced that Thursday’s cancelled Superpole qualifying session will now run tomorrow morning.

The system, in which the top ten Superbike riders after qualifying would compete for their grid spots for Saturday’s two Superbike races with one flying lap each, was to be introduced for the first time this year but with inclement weather conditions interfering with Thursday’s schedule, organisers were left with no choice but to call it off.


However, with more favourable forecasts for Saturday’s racing, a last minute call has been made to slot it in to the schedule ahead of the Superbike racing getting underway.

Having placed tenth in practice, Dan Kneen will be first to set off for his out lap and flier before the following nine riders set off at 20 second intervals. He’ll be followed by William Dunlop, Gary Johnson, Derek Sheils, Conor Cummins, Dean Harrison, Ian Hutchinson, Bruce Anstey, Peter Hickman and finally, winner of Thursday’s Dundrod 150 race, Michael Dunlop.

The session will only run if conditions are suitable and the course is entirely dry.

“I am pretty determined to make this happen and I’d say most of the guys will be happy to get an extra couple of laps in prior to the main event of the day,” said Clerk of the Course, Noel Johnston.

“The weather was against us on Thursday but my plan is to stage the Superpole after the second race in what I hope will be a thrilling pre-cursor to the Superbike races. Seeing some of the top boys pushing it on a flying lap of this amazing circuit will be a great spectacle,” he added.

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

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