Brookes on Pole for BSB Showdown Opener


Josh Brookes is perfectly placed for the start of the British Superbike Championship showdown after taking pole position at Assen. The Australian carries a two point lead over Shane Byrne into the showdown phase of the season and was in a different class to his title rivals on Saturday, claiming a dominant pole position.

Brookes was quickest in both of the knockout sessions prior to Q3 and the Australian admitted his scorching pace was a surprise even to himself.

“I was coming into this event with some confidence and having ridden here earlier in the year on the different spec bike meant I had a good idea of where we could be and when I was doing 1:37s I thought that might be where we levelled off. What I thought was already a fairly well prepared bike, and one I was confident with, the team chopped and changed it a bit and we found some extra tenths so the team really delivered it for me. To go out and do a 1:35.9 is even a surprise to me. Sure I had to ride the bike, hold the handle bars and push the tyres but the team have stepped up a level this weekend and it is perfect timing.”

Second spot on the grid didn’t go to Byrne, but to James Ellison who celebrated the news that he will remain with JG Speedfit Kawasaki for 2016 in style. John Hopkins shone once again on the Moto Rapido Ducati to take third ahead of championship outsider Michael Laverty while Byrne had to settle for fifth, his final run compromised by yellow flags following a crash for Jack Kennedy.

Danny Buchan proved his outstanding display at Oulton Park was no fluke by completing the second row while Luke Mossey heads row three, just ahead of Kennedy who will line-up eighth as long as he is declared fit for tomorrow’s first race. The two remaining showdown competitors start on their back foot with Tommy Bridewell ninth, five places ahead of Honda’s Dan Linfoot.

 

2015 MCE INSURANCE BRITISH SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

ROUND 10 – ASSEN: QUALIFYING

PosRiderConstructorTeamTime 
125. Josh BrookesYamahaMilwaukee Yamaha1:35.971Q3
277. James EllisonKawasakiJG Speedfit Kawasaki1:36.346Q3
315. John HopkinsDucatiLloyds British Moto Rapido1:36.463Q3
47. Michael LavertyBMWTyco BMW Motorrad1:36.823Q3
567. Shane ByrneKawasakiPBM Kawasaki1:37.005Q3
683. Danny BuchanKawasakiBe Wiser Kawasaki1:37.010Q3
712. Luke MosseyKawasakiQuattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki1:37.292Q3
844. Jack KennedyKawasakiTeam WD40 Kawasaki1:37.315Q3
946. Tommy BridewellBMWTyco BMW Motorrad1:37.772Q3
1024. Christian IddonSuzukiBennetts SuzukiNo TimeQ3
1147. Richard CooperBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad1:37.594Q2
1221. Josh WatersSuzukiBennetts Suzuki1:37.598Q2
1396. Jakub SmrzYamahaMilwaukee Yamaha1:37.640Q2
144. Dan LinfootHondaHonda Racing1:37.668Q2
1560. Peter HickmanBMWRAF Reserves BMW1:37.761Q2
163. Billy McConnellBMWSmiths Racing BMW1:37.762Q2
1714. Lee JacksonBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad1:37.855Q2
1840. Martin JessoppBMWRiders Motorcycles BMW1:37.925Q2
1968. Jed MetcherKawasakiPR Racing1:38.726Q1
2099. Filip BacklundKawasakiAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki1:39.072Q1
219. Chris WalkerKawasakiBe Wiser Kawasaki1:39.219Q1
2243. Howie Mainwaring SmartKawasakiQuattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki1:39.476Q1
2311. Taylor MackenzieKawasakiTeam WD40 Kawasaki1:39.497Q1
2464. Aaron ZanottiYamahaA-Plant Yamaha1:40.471Q1
2556. John IngramKawasakiMorello Racing Kawasaki1:40.933Q1
268. Shaun WinfieldKawasakiAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki1:41.464Q1
2720. Jenny TinmouthHondaHonda Racing1:42.939Q1