Brookes Rises Above Chaos To Claim Brands BSB Pole


Josh Brookes claimed the first pole position of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship despite crashing on three separate occasions in qualifying at Brands Hatch. Appalling weather conditions threw the form book out of the window but Brookes delivered the perfect lap just when he needed it to deny Ryuichi Kiyonari in Q3.

Brookes’ afternoon couldn’t have started any worse with a crash on his out lap and although he rescued his Milwaukee Yamaha from the gravel trap, Josh dropped it again at Clearways before even setting a time in Q1. At the third time of asking, Brookes clawed himself out of the drop zone and took full advantage of his reprieve in the final session, usurping Ryuichi Kiyonari in the dying seconds.

Kiyonari, making his Buildbase BMW debut, was chasing his first BSB pole position for three years and looked to have secured it with a 55.796 but the three-time champion crashed on the approach to Clearways and Brookes’ late flyer relegated him to second. The polesitter still had time for another spill, this time at Graham Hill bend but he had done enough to beat Kiyonari with John Hopkins marking his return to BSB with third place, the American also coming unstuck at Graham Hill late on.

Chris Walker heads the second row for tomorrow’s opening race ahead of James Westmoreland while Richard Cooper and Ben Wilson put in fine performances to qualify sixth and seventh respectively. Wet weather specialist Michael Rutter starts eighth ahead of Keith Farmer and Patric Muff, two other riders to fall off, while Shane Byrne will have to start his pursuit of a fourth title from the fifth row after getting knocked out in Q2.

 

2014 MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 1: BRANDS HATCH INDY
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM TIME
1  JOSH BROOKES YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 55.093
2  RYUICHI KIYONARI BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 55.796
3  JOHN HOPKINS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 56.148
4  CHRIS WALKER KAWASAKI LLOYDS BRITISH GBMOTO KAWASAKI 56.253
5  JAMES WESTMORELAND BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 56.297
6  RICHARD COOPER KAWASAKI ANVIL HIRE TAG RACING 56.415
7  BEN WILSON KAWASAKI GEARLINK KAWASAKI 56.936
8  MICHAEL RUTTER BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES 56.990
9  KEITH FARMER KAWASAKI PR RACING KAWASAKI 57.934
10  PATRIC MUFF BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES NO TIME
ELIMINATED IN Q2
11  TOMMY BRIDEWELL YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 57.576
12  MICHAEL DUNLOP BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 57.789
13  SHANE BYRNE KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 57.912
14  JOSH WATERS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 58.258
15  MARTIN JESSOPP BMW RIDERSMOTORCYCLES.COM BMW 58.377
16  JAMES ELLISON KAWASAKI LLOYDS BRITISH GBMOTO KAWASAKI 58.838
17  JENNY TINMOUTH HONDA TWR 59.211
18  JOSH WAINWRIGHT KAWASAKI QUELCH AFTERDARK MOTORSPORT NO TIME
19  SIMON ANDREWS HONDA RAF RESERVES HONDA NO TIME
20  PETER BAKER KAWASAKI MORELLO RACING NO TIME
ELIMINATED IN Q1
21  IAN HUTCHINSON YAMAHA FFX YAMAHA 59.526
22  MITCHELL CARR KAWASAKI ANVIL HIRE TAG RACING 59.557
23  STUART EASTON KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 1:00.145
24  DAN LINFOOT KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 1:00.191
25  JAKUB SMRZ DUCATI MILLSPORT DUCATI 1:01.077
26  AARON ZANOTTI SUZUKI GGH/STEL SUZUKI 1:01.403
27  HARRY HARTLEY KAWASAKI HALSALL BIKE GEAR 1:02.473
28  BARRY BURRELL KAWASAKI TEAM WD40 1:02.609
29  JAMES HILLIER KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 1:03:847
30  RHALF LO TURCO KAWASAKI SBKCITY KAWASAKI 1:07.904
31  LEE COSTELLO KAWASAKI HALSALL BIKE GEAR NO TIME
32  JON KIRKHAM KAWASAKI TSINGTAO WK KAWASAKI NO TIME