Smrz Secures Thruxton BSB Pole For Millsport Ducati


Jakub Smrz made history by claiming the first ever pole position in British Superbikes for the Ducati Panigale at Thruxton. The Czech rider edged out the Milwaukee Yamaha of Josh Brookes to give the Millsport squad their first BSB pole, and the first on any model of Ducati since August 2010.

Smrz set the all-important pole time with his very first lap of Q3, eventually pipping Brookes by a tenth of a second, and later described the significance of today’s achievement.

“This is a really great feeling. Before the start of qualifying I had joked with the team that I could become the first to win a watch as the pole starter in both the World and British series! This is important for us as we improve every round, the bike is getting better in every session and we are working hard. I enjoying the bike and finally we are getting something back, now I hope for the same in the races!”

Brookes wasn’t too disappointed to miss out on pole and is confident he has the package to challenge for victory tomorrow as he looks to amass crucial podium credits ahead of the end-of-season showdown.

“The Milwaukee Yamaha is working well here, we have made improvements over the weekend to get the compromise we needed and the combination has given me the feeling and drive that we had been looking for. We were fast in the wet and then this afternoon we were there in the dry in qualifying. I have done a lot of laps on the race tyre and we needed to get more laps on that as what I need to do to beat Shakey in the Championship is to win races. I am focused on that and I am happy with today.”

After showing promising pace in Q2 only to fade in Q3 at Brands Hatch two weeks ago, Dan Linfoot ensured lightning wouldn’t strike twice by securing a superb third on the grid for the Bournemouth-based Quattro Plant Kawasaki team. The Knaresborough rider will line up ahead of championship leader Shane Byrne who qualified fourth, his lowest grid position since the season opener at Brands Hatch.

Michael Rutter starts a race one in a fine fifth ahead of Friday pacesetter Tommy Bridewell while John Hopkins heads row three, joined by Peter Hickman and Chris Walker on the sole GBmoto Kawasaki. Jon Kirkham took the last place in Q3 meaning there was no room in the top ten for the in-form Ryuichi Kiyonari whose Q2 exit was the shock of the afternoon.

 

2014 MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 6: THRUXTON
DATATAG EXTREME QUALIFYING CLASSIFICATION
POS RIDER BIKE TEAM LAP TIME
1  96. JAKUB SMRZ DUCATI MILLSPORT DUCATI 1:15.281 Q3
2  3. JOSH BROOKES YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 1:15.397 Q3
3  4. DAN LINFOOT KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 1:15.623 Q3
4  67. SHANE BYRNE KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 1:15.626 Q3
5  11. MICHAEL RUTTER BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES 1:15.656 Q3
6  46. TOMMY BRIDEWELL YAMAHA MILWAUKEE YAMAHA 1:15.943 Q3
7  21. JOHN HOPKINS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 1:15.969 Q3
8  60. PETER HICKMAN HONDA RAF RESERVES HONDA 1:16.024 Q3
9  9. CHRIS WALKER KAWASAKI LLOYDS BRITISH GBMOTO KAWASAKI 1:16.071 Q3
10  10. JON KIRKHAM KAWASAKI HALSALL BIKE GEAR 1:16.770 Q3
11  23. RYUICHI KIYONARI BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 1:16.181 Q2
12  47. RICHARD COOPER KAWASAKI ANVIL HIRE TAG RACING 1:16.248 Q2
13  14. LEE JACKSON BMW BUILDBASE BMW MOTORRAD 1:16.354 Q2
14  303. KEITH FARMER KAWASAKI PR RACING KAWASAKI 1:16.480 Q2
15  24. PATRIC MUFF BMW BATHAMS PRIZE WINNING ALES 1:16.480 Q2
16  12. JOSH WATERS SUZUKI TYCO SUZUKI 1:16.642 Q2
17  7. BARRY BURRELL KAWASAKI TEAM WD40 1:16.823 Q2
18  40. MARTIN JESSOPP BMW RIDERSMOTORCYCLES.COM BMW 1:16.905 Q2
19  5. STUART EASTON KAWASAKI RAPID SOLICITORS KAWASAKI 1:17.208 Q2
20  8. IAN HUTCHINSON YAMAHA FFX YAMAHA 1:17.810 Q2
21  43. HOWIE MAINWARING KAWASAKI QUATTRO PLANT KAWASAKI 1:17.448 Q1
22  64. AARON ZANOTTI SUZUKI GGH/STEL SUZUKI 1:17.551 Q1
23  56. JOHN INGRAM KAWASAKI MORELLO RACING 1:17.752 Q1
24  15. BEN WILSON KAWASAKI GEARLINK KAWASAKI 1:17.926 Q1
25  20. JENNY TINMOUTH HONDA TWR 1:18.612 Q1
26  33. SHAUN WINFIELD KAWASAKI ANVIL HIRE TAG RACING 1:18.691 Q1
27  123. C. PONSSON BIMOTA ALSTARE JUNIOR TEAM 1:19.035 Q1
28  45. RHALF LO TURCO KAWASAKI SBKCITY KAWASAKI 1:19.984 Q1