Byrne Overcomes Difficulties To Bag Pole At Brands


Shane Byrne saw off the GBmoto Kawasakis to claim yet another pole position at Brands Hatch, although he had to overcome a problem or two before achieving it. The championship leader came dangerously close to being knocked out in the second session but after escaping that potential disaster, he took full advantage of his reprieve.

Chris Walker and James Ellison had sent GBmoto Kawasaki into an early 1-2 in the final session but Byrne responded to the threat with a 1:26.131, almost a full second faster than his Q2 effort. The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider later admitted he had doubts heading into the pole position shootout but paid tribute to his team for their work in overcoming the problems.

“The bike was not working for me in Q1 and Q2 and I thought it best the team worked on it rather than me staying out on track. Your confidence takes a battering when you are losing the front end, but thanks to the team and the changes made it possible.”

Without question, the rider with the most eventful afternoon was Josh Brookes who crashed twice on his Milwaukee Yamaha. The Australian topped the times in Q1 before falling moments later and after his team had repaired the damage sufficiently for him to get through Q2, Brookes lost control again at Sheene curve.

“Qualifying one started fine and I got a run in and then tried to improve and got on the gas too early and the back end let go and it low-sided and luckily didn’t do too much damage to the bike or to me”, added Brookes.” In qualifying three everything was back to normal and I forgot about the crash and just wanted to go faster, the first flying lap was ok and then on the second lap I could tell I was improving from my dash. I knew I was going better than all of my previous laps and I kept my head down to push as hard as I could and the next thing I knew the front end let go and I was down again.”

From a potential pole challenge, Brookes fell to eighth as Jakub Smrz grabbed fourth ahead of Josh’s teammate Tommy Bridewell with Ryuichi Kiyonari and John Hopkins both outpacing him too before the end of the session. Richard Cooper qualified ninth ahead of Dan Linfoot and the Quattro Plant rider will have hoped for better than tenth after going fastest of all in Q2.

 

2014 MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 5: BRANDS HATCH GP
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM LAP TIME
1  67. SHANE BYRNE KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 1:26.131 Q3
2  9. CHRIS WALKER KAWASAKI LLOYDS BRITISH GBMOTO KAWASAKI 1:26.189 Q3
3  77. JAMES ELLISON KAWASAKI LLOYDS BRITISH GBMOTO KAWASAKI 1:26.385 Q3
4  96. JAKUB SMRZ DUCATI MILLSPORT DUCATI 1:26.504 Q3
5  46. TOMMY BRIDEWELL YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 1:26.681 Q3
6  23. RYUICHI KIYONARI BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 1:26.728 Q3
7  21. JOHN HOPKINS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 1:26.775 Q3
8  3. JOSH BROOKES YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 1:26.865 Q3
9  47. RICHARD COOPER KAWASAKI ANVIL HIRE TAG RACING 1:26.881 Q3
10  4. DAN LINFOOT KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 1:26.889 Q3
11  43. HOWIE MAINWARING KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 1:27.244 Q2
12  5. STUART EASTON KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 1:27.403 Q2
13  10. JON KIRKHAM KAWASAKI HALSALL BIKE GEAR 1:27.584 Q2
14  60. PETER HICKMAN HONDA RAF RESERVES HONDA 1:27.689 Q2
15  12. JOSH WATERS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 1:27.811 Q2
16  7. BARRY BURRELL KAWASAKI TEAM WD40 1:27.845 Q2
17  11. MICHAEL RUTTER BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES 1:27.879 Q2
18  8. IAN HUTCHINSON YAMAHA FFX YAMAHA 1:28.020 Q2
19  14. LEE JACKSON BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 1:28.183 Q2
20  56. JOHN INGRAM KAWASAKI MORELLO RACING 1:28.620 Q2
21  24. PATRIC MUFF BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES 1:28.389 Q1
22  64. AARON ZANOTTI SUZUKI GGH/STEL SUZUKI 1:28.491 Q1
23  40. MARTIN JESSOPP BMW RIDERSMOTORCYCLES.COM BMW 1:28.750 Q1
24  303. KEITH FARMER KAWASAKI PR RACING KAWASAKI 1:28.770 Q1
25  15. BEN WILSON KAWASAKI GEARLINK KAWASAKI 1:28.924 Q1
26  101. GARY MASON KAWASAKI ANVIL HIRE TAG RACING 1:29.054 Q1
27  20. JENNY TINMOUTH HONDA TWR 1:29.849 Q1
28  45. RHALF LO TURCO KAWASAKI SBKCITY KAWASAKI 1:31.208 Q1