O’Halloran claims first pole position of the year at Silverstone


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Jason O’Halloran managed to tame the Fireblade SP2 to claim his first pole position of the year at Silverstone, ahead of the first race later today. Jake Dixon and James Ellison will round out the front row.

Three Showdown contenders missed out on Q3 – Christian Iddon, Luke Mossey and Shane Byrne. Reigning British champion Byrne was knocked out of Q3 in the closing moments of Q2, with team owner Paul Bird later claiming that the wheels of the Be Wiser Ducati were not in balance. He will start from tenth, ahead of Mossey in thirteenth and Iddon in fourteenth.

Ellison put in a last ditch attempt to get onto the front row, and his final flying lap pushed Josh Brookes back onto row two for race one. He will head the second row, from Leon Haslam and Sylvain Guintoli, who has had an incredible run at Silverstone this weekend so far.

Peter Hickman heads up the third row, from John Hopkins who suffered a crash early on in Q3, and Glenn Irwin who didn’t make it out into the third session due to an oil pressure issue with his Panigale.

Race one of the Silverstone triple header starts just after 4pm, and will be crucial for those wanting to fight for the title. With the British weather being so far unpredictable, anything can happen.