BSB Knockhill: Byrne Denies Brookes Pole Position


Shane Byrne broke his own lap record which had stood for seven years to take pole position for tomorrow’s opening British Superbike race at Knockhill. The reigning champion needed everything from his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R to see off Josh Brookes who came within 0.010s of beating him in Q3.

After losing the overall championship lead to Alex Lowes at Oulton Park last time out, Byrne is keen to reassert his authority as well as bringing some cheer to his ill wife Petra.

“I’m really pleased with this, my first flying lap was good, but then Josh Brookes came through and I thought I just had to go for it. I had a few moments on the lap, but here we are. I wanted to get that pole position for my wife Petra who is unwell; hopefully that will give her something to smile about and thanks to everyone for sending her their best wishes.”

“Our race pace is good but we have a bit of work to do and a few little tweaks to make to perfect it for the race, but to come here and do this, ahead of teams who have tested here before, is good and we are in pretty good shape for the races.”

Fresh from his debut appearance at the Isle of Man TT, Brookes was a threat throughout having topped the times in final practice, as well as the opening knockout qualifying session, but the Australian was edged into second by Byrne. Brookes will start between ‘Shakey’ and series leader Alex Lowes though with the Samsung Honda rider on the outside of the front row in third.

With only three riders per row at the tight Knockhill circuit, Jon Kirkham heads row two ahead of the resurgent Ryuichi Kiyonari who gave hope that he could still stake a claim for a showdown spot, qualifying fifth. PJ Jacobsen starts alongside in sixth with James Westmoreland, Keith Farmer and Peter Hickman making up the third row.

Of the riders currently in possession of a showdown place, Chris Walker and James Ellison have the most work to do in race one, starting tenth and thirteenth respectively although Ellison’s Milwaukee Yamaha teammate Josh Waters fared even worse, missing the cut in Q1 on his first visit to Knockhill.

 

2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship – Round 4: Knockhill
Qualifying Classification
Pos Rider Bike Team Best Time
1  Shane Byrne Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 48.333
2  Josh Brookes Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 48.343
3  Alex Lowes Honda Samsung Honda 48.649
4  Jon Kirkham BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 48.983
5  Ryuichi Kiyonari Honda Samsung Honda 48.986
6  PJ Jacobsen Suzuki Tyco Suzuki 49.068
7  James Westmoreland BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad 49.171
8  Keith Farmer Kawasaki Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 49.204
9  Peter Hickman Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 49.320
10  Chris Walker Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 49.713
Eliminated in Q2
11  Tommy Bridewell Honda Bathams Honda 49.306
12  Dan Linfoot Honda Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 49.380
13  James Ellison Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 49.423
14  Jakub Smrz Honda Padgetts Honda 49.479
15  Karl Harris Kawasaki PR Racing Kawasaki 49.548
16  Matteo Baiocco Ducati Rapido Sport Racing 49.549
17  Michael Rutter Honda Bathams Honda 49.608
18  Robbin Harms Honda Doodson Motorsport Honda 49.619
Eliminated in Q1
19  Josh Waters Yamaha Milwaukee Yamaha 49.955
20  Howie Mainwaring Kawasaki MH Kawasaki 50.024
21  Danny Buchan Kawasaki Quattro Plant Kawasaki 50.063
22  Lee Costello Kawasaki Halsall Racing Kawasaki 50.335
23  Aaron Zanotti Suzuki Aaron Zanotti Racing 50.918
24  Jenny Tinmouth Honda Two Wheel Racing 51.034
25  Michael Howarth Kawasaki MH Kawasaki 52.306
26  Martin Jessopp BMW Riders Motorcycles No Time