Knockhill BSB: First pole of the year for Dixon

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Qualifying three

Jake Dixon – 47.158

Josh Brookes – 47.256

Leon Haslam – 47.342

Jake Dixon set the fastest lap of the weekend and demolished the pack to take his first pole position of the year.

The RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki rider was almost straight into the 47.3s bracket as he and Glenn Irwin jostled for the top spot in the opening laps, but he stamped his authority with the fastest lap of the weekend - a 47.158 - to claim the top spot.

Dixon’s best was nearly a full 0.1s faster than McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes, whose 47.256 was enough for him to park up in the garage with just over half the session to go.

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam completed the front row, ahead of Irwin, Danny Buchan and Michael Laverty.

Snetterton pole-setter Bradley Ray will start tomorrow’s first race at the head of row three, beside Christian Iddon and Dan Linfoot.

Qualifying two

Josh Brookes – 47.359

Leon Haslam – 47.472

Glenn Irwin – 47.487

Times were straight into the 47s as Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot led early on with a 47.8, but Dixon was once again straight back at the front with a 47.7, with FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Buchan following him through to the front.

Haslam broke through the field with a 47.472, however, followed closely by Ray, but Glenn Irwin dropped to within 0.015s of Haslam to go second.

Moments before the end of the session, Brookes put in a final-lap charge and saved his best for last to go fastest with the second-quickest lap of the weekend at 47.359.

With a few late laps, the Tyco BMW pair of Laverty and Iddon just made it through to Q3 in eighth and ninth.

Be Wiser Ducati rider Andrew Irwin put paid to any hopes of a move to Q3 after crashing at McIntyre’s with two minutes to go, and he wasn’t able to improve on his 13th place start position.

Eliminated

Ellison

Cooper

O’Halloran

Mossey

Andrew Irwin

Rea

Hickman

Law

Rouse

Qualifying one

Leon Haslam – 47.508

Jake Dixon – 47.634

Glenn Irwin – 47.708

Haslam led the way in this afternoon’s first qualifying session after clocking a late 47.508.

The Kawasaki man sat comfortably in second for most of the session, but laid down a fast lap in the final minutes to beat Dixon for Q1 bragging rights.

Yesterday’s fastest rider Danny Buchan was quickest out of the gates, but was soon overtaken by last year’s double-winner Dixon before Haslam’s team-mate Luke Mossey joined the fight and took over at the front, a couple hundredths ahead of Buildbase Suzuki’s Richard Cooper.

Dixon and Haslam hit the front moments later, while Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki’s Superbike newbie Chrissy Rouse and Smith’s Racing man Peter Hickman, who had been hovering just outside the Q1 cutoff for most of the session, slotted into 17th and 18th with six minutes to go.

But with just over two minutes remaining, McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie stuck in a lap quick enough to knock Hickman out of Q2 contention, before the Senior TT winner slipped ever so slightly back through into 17th, returning fire and knocking Mackenzie out.

Meanwhile, Haslam popped in another flyer to reclaim the top spot ahead of Dixon while the majority of the leaders sat in the pits.

Eliminated

Tarran Mackenzie

Barrier

Winfield

Rogers

Hedger

Zanotti

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