Brookes At His Best in Cadwell Qualifying


Josh Brookes’ recent dominance of the 2015 British Superbike Championship looks set to continue after the Australian claimed a comfortable pole position at Cadwell Park. The Milwaukee Yamaha rider has been quickest in every session so far and enjoyed a four tenth advantage over surprise challenger Danny Buchan in qualifying.

Despite setting the pace, Brookes didn’t have things all his own way with FP3 blighted by a crash as he tested an experimental set-up. Josh admitted his confidence was dented by the slip-up but was back on form when it mattered in the pole position shootout.

“All weekend I have been fast, but I had a little slip off in the session this morning – I think we were chasing a unicorn! We were trying to improve the bike when it was already really good and where we gained a little bit, we lost a bit in another area and I slipped off and my confidence was a little knocked. It doesn’t matter how well you are going, even if you have a little crash it does do that so Q1 & Q2 I took it steady and was building up to give it everything in Q3. We have worked hard for it today.”

With three of the championship’s top seven missing through injury, several riders have an opportunity to boost their showdown prospects this weekend and Tommy Bridewell looks likely to grab his chance, the Tyco BMW rider qualifying third behind the impressive Buchan.

Luke Mossey carried his momentum from Thruxton to qualify on the second row in fourth ahead of Peter Hickman and Billy McConnell while Michael Laverty has a chance to consolidate his place in the showdown spots from seventh on the grid.

Defending champion Shane Byrne has already booked his place in the end-of-season title battle but the PBM Kawasaki rider is still searching for podium credits. He will have his work cut out in race one though having missed the cut in Q2, leaving him eleventh on the grid.

 

2015 MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

ROUND 8 – CADWELL PARK: QUALIFYING

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime 
125. Josh BrookesYamahaMilwaukee Yamaha1:26.433Q3
283. Danny BuchanKawasakiBe Wiser Kawasaki1:26.892Q3
346. Tommy BridewellBMWTyco BMW Motorrad1:27.010Q3
412. Luke MosseyKawasakiQuattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki1:27.014Q3
560. Peter HickmanBMWRAF Reserves BMW1:27.211Q3
63. Billy McConnellBMWSmiths Racing BMW1:27.377Q3
77. Michael LavertyBMWTyco BMW Motorrad1:27.380Q3
86. James WestmorelandKawasakiJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:27.393Q3
940. Martin JessoppBMWRiders Motorcycles BMW1:27.420Q3
1044. Jack KennedyKawasakiTeam WD40 Kawasaki1:27.793Q3
1167. Shane ByrneKawasakiPBM Kawasaki1:27.487Q2
1247. Richard CooperBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad1:27.640Q2
1314. Lee JacksonBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad1:27.717Q2
144. Dan LinfootHondaHonda Racing1:27.894Q2
1543. Howie MainwaringKawasakiQuattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki1:28.111Q2
1624. Christian IddonSuzukiBennetts Suzuki1:28.126Q2
179. Chris WalkerKawasakiBe Wiser Kawasaki1:28.668Q2
1815. John HopkinsDucatiLloyds British Moto RapidoNo TimeQ2
1921. Josh WatersSuzukiBennetts Suzuki1:28.484Q1
2023. Ryuichi KiyonariBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad1:28.539Q1
2199. Filip BacklundKawasakiAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki1:29.346Q1
2268. Jed MetcherKawasakiPR Racing1:30.625Q1
2364. Aaron ZanottiYamahaA-Plant Yamaha1:30.796Q1
248. Shaun WinfieldKawasakiAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki1:30.881Q1
2556. John IngramKawasakiMorello Racing Kawasaki1:31.083Q1
2620. Jenny TinmouthHondaHonda Racing1:31.117Q1
2745. Rhalf Lo TurcoKawasakiSBKCity Kawasaki1:33.191Q1
2811. Taylor MackenzieKawasakiTeam WD40 KawasakiNo TimeQ1