Assen BSB: Pole and new record for Redding| BSB staff | British Superbikes
Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding claimed a new pole record at Assen on his way to Bennetts British Superbike qualifying top spot at the Dutch track this afternoon.
Redding went a tenth faster than his time from free practice three this morning, putting in a 1’35.588 but the former MotoGP star was run close as Tommy Bridewell stuck in a 1’35.753 to get to within two-tenths of his Ducati stablemate.
Oxford Ducati’s Bridewell usurped a surprise lap from Buildbase Suzuki’s Luke Stapleford who careered on to the front row with a 1’35.803.
Jason O’Halloran has put his arm injury firmly behind him, setting a 1’36.023 for fourth place while Josh Brookes found some serious pace in qualifying and managed a 1’36.083 which was some 1.3s faster than his FP3 time.
Danny Buchan put his FS-3 Kawasaki in sixth place with Ryan Vickers, who has never ridden at Assen before, in seventh on the RAF Reserves Kawasaki.
Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon put in a lap good enough for eighth on his first run before sliding off at turn three. Glenn Irwin bounced back from a qualifying two crash to finish in ninth place.
Quattro Kawasaki’s Hector Barbera bagged tenth with Showdown contender Peter Hickman right behind him in 11th.
Xavi Fores finished in 12th with Bradley Ray in 13th and Dan Linfoot, who did not look happy with his Yamaha, next along.
Tarran Mackenzie’s title hopes took a big hit as he finished in 15th place. The young Scotsman found he had a problem with his chassis yesterday and had to change it but has lost out on so much track time, he ended down in 15th place.