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Byrne blasts to pole position by 0.049s at Oulton Park

Saturday, August 09 2014

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne fired to the pole position for this afternoon's opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Oulton Park, snatching it from Josh Brookes on his final lap as the pair were separated by just 0.049s.

In the frantic twelve minute Q3 session to decide the pole position the fastest rider on track changed five times as initially Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki's Chris Walker had the edge over the opening flying laps.

However the fight for the pole position became a tussle between Byrne and Brookes with the pair circulating on track together. However on his final lap Championship leader Byrne had the edge to claim his fourth pole start of the season for the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

Brookes held second with Dan Linfoot scoring his second consecutive front row qualifying start for the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team to complete the front row.

There was drama for the Buildbase BMW team as Ryuichi Kiyonari looked set to challenge for the pole position but he crashed out of Q2 at Brittens leaving it a race against time for his team to get him back on track for the final session. Kiyonari managed to leave pitlane in the final minutes but despite the team's valiant efforts he was just short of passing the start line before the chequered flag and will start tenth for race one.

Tommy Bridewell heads the second row on the Milwaukee Yamaha alongside Barry Burrell who celebrated his best qualifying performance of the season for WD40 Kawasaki, with Walker in sixth place.

Tyco Suzuki's John Hopkins had fired himself into the top ten with his final lap of Q2, knocking his team-mate Josh Waters out of the Q3 session, with the American securing seventh on the grid. Peter Hickman on the RAF Reserves Honda was eighth fastest ahead of Jakub Smrz who crashed his Millsport Ducati unhurt at Lodge.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Datatag Extreme Qualifying:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:35.463s
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.049s
  3. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.393s
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha)+0.513s
  5. Barry Burrell (Team WD40 Kawasaki) +0.642s
  6. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +0.769s
  7. John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +0.828s
  8. Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves Honda) +0.997s
  9. Jakub Smrz (Millsport Ducati) +10.136s
  10. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW)