Ulster GP: Provisional Superbike pole for Hickman
Peter Hickman remains unbeaten in any session at the 2017 Ulster Grand Prix after setting provisional pole for Saturday’s two Superbike races.
Just a one-lap Superpole dash now stands between Hickman and the top spot on the grid for the two Ulster Grand Prix Superbike races after setting the quickest lap of the week to place quickest in this afternoon’s final qualifying session.
Lapping the 7.4 mile course with a time of 3.19’491 (average speed 133.580mph), Hickman sits half a second ahead of Tyco BMW’s Dan Kneen, who made significant progress this afternoon aboard the TAS Racing S1000RR.
Bruce Anstey was third quickest on the Padgetts Racing RC213V-S almost a second back on Hickman, ahead of team-mate Conor Cummins on the 2016 Honda Fireblade.
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William Dunlop placed fifth despite retiring towards the end of the session at the Hole in the Wall, his brother, Michael, was also a retirement at the hairpin after setting the sixth fastest time of the session.
Dean Harrison clocked up the seventh fastest time for Silicone Engineering Kawasaki ahead of David Johnson, who has opted to run his Superstock machine in the Superbike races. Derek Sheils and Jamie Coward rounded out the top ten.
The top ten riders will now shoot it out for pole position on Saturday morning ahead of the two UGP Superbike races.
Qualifying results for this evening’s Dundrod 150 Superbike race can be found here.