Brookes Smashes Superbike Record to Take Silverstone Pole

by Louis Suddaby

Josh Brookes set the fastest ever lap of Silverstone on a superbike to claim pole position for tomorrow’s opening British Superbike race. The in-form championship leader shows no sign of letting his advantage slip, especially with two non-showdown riders joining him on the front row in the shape of John Hopkins and Christian Iddon.

Brookes later revealed that he had adopted a different strategy to normal in the pole position shootout but was pleased with the final outcome.

“I kind of changed my character a bit during qualifying as normally I will do two, three or four laps and ride to the chequered flag, but in Q2 I did a really nice lap and I felt there wasn’t a lot more I could achieve and I thought that it would be enough to get into the final qualifying. I wanted to leave that good thought in my head going into the last run. I saw ‘03.9 on the dash and I thought to myself could I go for another lap? Which was my normal strategy, and I thought if someone could beat that lap then they deserve it because I laid everything fairly well on the line on that lap. I didn’t really believe I could make a better lap without another fresh pair of tyres so I just pulled off and rode it into the pits.”

Despite comfortably topping the two knockout sessions, Brookes upped his game in Q3 to see off the surprise challenge of Hopkins and the Australian admitted he wasn’t expecting the Moto Rapido Ducati to push him so close.

“The team have done a really good job with the bike to give me that confidence and I looked at my pit board and saw a 0.2 and I thought who the hell is that close to me, as I was expecting to see a bigger gap, and it was Hopper. He was the previous track record holder – and it shows he’s feeling good on his bike. I am looking forward to the races tomorrow and this has given us more confidence.”

Iddon secured the final place on the front row by the narrowest of margins, beating James Ellison by two thousandths of a second, while Luke Mossey edged out the second Milwaukee Yamaha of Jakub Smrz to qualify fifth.

Peter Hickman heads the third row ahead of Michael Laverty and Dan Linfoot but Shane Byrne is the championship challenger with most to do tomorrow after a set-up change for Q3 failed to bring the desired effect.




125. Josh BrookesYamahaMilwaukee Yamaha2:03.984Q3
215. John HopkinsDucatiLloyds British Moto Rapido2:04.281Q3
324. Christian IddonSuzukiBennetts Suzuki2:04.530Q3
477. James EllisonKawasakiJG Speedfit Kawasaki2:04.532Q3
512. Luke MosseyKawasakiQuattro Plant Tec-care Kawasaki2:04.735Q3
696. Jakub SmrzYamahaMilwaukee Yamaha2:04.839Q3
760. Peter HickmanBMWRAF Reserves BMW2:04.857Q3
87. Michael LavertyBMWTyco BMW Motorrad2:04.999Q3
94. Dan LinfootHondaHonda Racing2:05.010Q3
1067. Shane ByrneKawasakiPBM Kawasaki2:05.215Q3
1146. Tommy BridewellBMWTyco BMW Motorrad2:05.476Q2
1283. Danny BuchanKawasakiPBM Kawasaki2:05.550Q2
133. Billy McConnellBMWSmiths Racing BMW2:05.761Q2
1447. Richard CooperBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad2:05.808Q2
1521. Josh WatersSuzukiBennetts Suzuki2:05.907Q2
1614. Lee JacksonBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad2:05.990Q2
1723. Ryuichi KiyonariBMWBuildbase BMW Motorrad2:06.048Q2
1840. Martin JessoppBMWRiders Motorcycles BMW2:06.393Q2
1943. Howie Mainwaring SmartKawasakiQuattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki2:06.823Q2
206. Luke StaplefordKawasakiJG Speedfit Kawasaki2:06.906Q2
2127. Robbin HarmsKawasakiPR Racing2:07.031Q1
2286. Julien da CostaHondaHonda Racing2:07.288Q1
2399. Filip BacklundKawasakiAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki2:07.940Q1
2411. Taylor MackenzieKawasakiTeam WD40 Kawasaki2:08.401Q1
2564. Aaron ZanottiYamahaA-Plant Yamaha2:09.345Q1
268. Shaun WinfieldKawasakiAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki2:09.432Q1
2756. John IngramKawasakiMorello Racing Kawasaki2:09.465Q1
2820. Jenny TinmouthHondaHonda Racing2:11.058Q1
2945. Rhalf Lo TurcoKawasakiSBKCity Kawasaki2:13.416Q1
3068. Jed MetcherKawasakiPR RacingNo TimeQ1

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