Tommy Hill - Photo Credit: Impact Images

Tommy Hill - Photo Credit: Impact Images


Tommy Hill set the pace on a drying track to secure pole position for Sunday's opening race at Thruxton. The defending champion was one of those caught out by the rain at Brands Hatch last weekend but didn't put a wheel wrong this time, going half a second quicker than anybody else.

Hill's biggest problem wasn't provided by the conditions but by his own forgetfulness after he forget to put his earplugs in!

“Taking pole position was a fantastic start to the weekend and to begin with I was worried about taking a gamble as the conditions kept changing. I think there was more pressure on me here after the crash I had at Brands Hatch as I definitely didn't want to get caught out by the wet patches and have another bad grid position. It was a big shock the pace we could run in those conditions but my biggest problem was I completely forgot my ear plugs and now I will be hearing the Swan Yamaha all night! I just pushed on though and now it's about us fighting back and getting those points tomorrow.”

This week's high profile casualties in the knockout sessions were Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, Noriyuki Haga and Alastair Seeley who all dropped out in the second session. Championship leader Jon Kirkham made it through unscathed but only made it up to ninth in the final session.

In Q3, Hill was unbeatable while Ian Lowry backed up his strong practice form by taking second for Padgetts Honda. Michael Rutter put the MSS Bathams Kawasaki on the front row for the second weekend running with James Westmoreland virtually matching his time for fourth.

The second row is led by Chris Walker, making it five different teams in the top five grid positions, with Luca Scassa completing a stunning Saturday for Padgetts Racing with sixth. Josh Brookes will carry Tyco Suzuki's victory hopes from seventh, just ahead of Alex Lowes and Kirkham.

2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship

Round 2: Thruxton (Qualifying Result)

Pos Rider Bike Team Time/Gap
1  Tommy Hill Yamaha Swan Yamaha 1:15.260
2  Ian Lowry Honda Padgetts Racing +0.475
3  Michael Rutter Kawasaki MSS Bathams Kawasaki +0.604
4  James Westmoreland Honda Team WFR +0.645
5  Chris Walker Kawasaki Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki +0.676
6  Luca Scassa Honda Padgetts Racing +0.685
7  Josh Brookes Suzuki Tyco Suzuki +0.773
8  Alex Lowes Honda Team WFR +0.852
9  Jon Kirkham Honda Samsung Honda +0.942
10  Patric Muff BMW Supersonic Racing Team +1.808
Eliminated In Q2
11  Graeme Gowland Honda Team WFR 1:17.492
12  Peter Hickman Kawasaki MSS Bathams Kawasaki 1:17.527
13  Michael Laverty Honda Samsung Honda 1:17.579
14  Gary Mason Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:17.583
15  Shane Byrne Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:17.603
16  Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Swan Yamaha 1:17.753
17  Alastair Seeley Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 1:18.269
18  Tristan Palmer Honda GBmoto Racing 1:18.456
19  Scott Smart Ducati Moto Rapido Racing 1:19.321
20  Tommy Bridewell BMW Supersonic Racing Team 1:19.686
Eliminated In Q1
21  Stuart Easton Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:22.431
22  Alex Polita Ducati Jentin Doodson Motorsport 1:22.531
23  Dan Linfoot BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:22.597
24  Luke Quigley Honda GBmoto Racing 1:23.111
25  John Laverty Aprilia Splitlath Redmond Racing 1:23.148
26  Florian Marino Aprilia Splitlath Redmond Racing 1:23.174
27  Freddie Foray Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:23.209
28  James Hillier Kawasaki Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki 1:23.320
29  Barry Burrell BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:23.324
30  Tom Tunstall Ducati Jentin Doodson Motorsport 1:24.692
31  Jenny Tinmouth Honda Hardinge Honda 1:24.712
32  Abdulaziz Binladin Ducati Moto Rapido Racing 1:25.431
33  Aaron Zanotti Suzuki A-Plant Suzuki 1:25.682