Josh Brookes –1’34.084
Tommy Bridewell –1’34.709
Peter Hickman –1’34.885
JOSH Brookes stormed to pole position in this afternoon’s Bennetts British Superbike qualifying as he led every session with time to spare.
Be Wiser Ducati’s top rider went well under his own 1’34.483s lap record to beat the privateer V4 of Tommy Bridewell and the new BMW of Peter Hickman to lead the grid for tomorrow’s first race.
Brookes stormed out of the gates with the fastest time of the weekend, a 1’34.084, 0.625s clear of Oxford Ducati’s Bridewell and eight tenths ahead of Smith’s Racing man Hickman.
Just outside the 1’34s was Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon, leading FS-3 Kawasaki ace Danny Buchan and Brookes’ team-mate Redding, who was just over a second off the top spot.
With just under 90s left in the session, McAMS Yamaha rider Jason O’Halloran sneaked into fourth to lead Iddon and Buchan off the second row.
Redding, Keith Farmer and RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki’s Ryan Vickers complete row three.
Josh Brookes – 1’34.712
Peter Hickman – 1’34.729
Danny Buchan – 1’35.227
Former champ Brookes continued to control the action with a 1’34.7, comfortably clear of Buchan and Bridewell with O’Halloran and Silverstone winner Elliott in the mix for the top five.
Redding had followed team-mate Brookes out of the pits, but was struggling to crack the top 10 as he, Linfoot and Vickers sat just outside the running for Q3 in the high 1’35s.
Reigning Superstock 1000 champ Farmer powered up to fifth with just over three minutes remaining, nudging team-mate Iddon onto the bubble in ninth.
With just over 60s to go, Redding made a dash for the top and clocked a 1’35.262, just over half a second off PBM compatriot Brookes and good enough for third in the session.
TT star Hickman stuck in a thundering 1’34.729 after the chequered flag to go second quickest, while rookie Vickers followed him up the order after the flag and went seventh fastest to move on to final qualifying.
Josh Brookes – 1’34.950
Danny Buchan – 1’35.305
Peter Hickman – 1’35.591
Brookes carried his practice momentum into qualifying as he shot to the front with his first flying lap, a 1’34.950, just ahead of Buchan, Iddon and Linfoot.
But moments into the session, Luke Stapleford ruled himself out of the rest of the session with a crash at Old Hall after completing just one flying lap.
Hickman, O’Halloran and Vickers broke into the top five early on while Redding moved up to eighth, just a second off the top.
With half the session remaining, Buildbase Suzuki’s Ray sneaked into Q2 contention as he edged out accident-stricken team-mate for 18th.
But Team WD-40’s Italian Claudio Corti knocked Ray out as he slotted into safety, just 0.007s off Silicone Engineering’s Dean Harrison.
The surprise of the session came from EHA Racing’s David Allingham, who shot ahead 15 places from 27th in the final minute of Q1, while JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s sole rider Glenn Irwin was knocked out in 24th, 2.285s off the pace.