Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding took Bennetts British Superbike pole at Donington Park by a little less than half a second from team-mate and title rival Josh Brookes at Donington Park this afternoon.
The pair, who are fighting it out for the 2019 championship this season, ended 0.429s apart after the three qualifying sessions with Redding taking bragging rights and Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray completing the front row.
In the cold conditions, Redding was able to put in a 1’28.403 compared to Brookes’ 1’28.832 with Ray another tenth further back.
OMG Suzuki’s Luke Mossey pulled some laps out of nowhere to claim fourth place and his pace was the reason Tarran Mackenzie didn’t make it through to qualifying three.
Christian Iddon nagged fifth place with a 1’29.132 with Luke Stapleford again showing pace at contract time in sixth and completing the top six.
Tommy Bridewell was strangely off the pace in seventh, dropping the business end of a second to Redding on effectively the same bike.
And it was a welcome return to the sharp end of the BSB grid for Taylor Mackenzie who put his version of the Tyco BMW into ninth place and the last place on row three one behind Peter Hickman.
Brother Tarran ended in tenth with McAMS Yamaha’s team-mate Jason O’Halloran in 11th and Dan Linfoot 12th. Showdown contender Danny Bychan couldn’t find a lap and finished in 13th, Andrew Irwin was 14th and Xavi Fores 15th.