BSB – Pocket Rocket snatches pole in dramatic qualifying at Oulton

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Leon Haslam will start from pole position for tomorrow’s opening BSB race at Oulton Park after snatching pole position on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki, just ahead of his team-mate James Ellison.

In a dramatic qualifying Haslam kept his cool in a hectic wet Superpole; with five different riders holding the top spot during the eight minute battle for the pole position. Initially Alastair Seeley had set the first flying lap on the RAF Reserves BMW, but before long Christian Iddon had gained the top spot on the Tyco BMW.

Ellison was relishing the wet conditions and recorded the fastest time in the final minutes, but it was short lived as Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran then carved his way to the top. Ellison instantly responded and he returned to the top with his next flying lap. However, Haslam wasn’t and in the final minute the Derbyshire rider stole the pole position.

Dan Linfoot will head the second row of the race one grid for the Honda Racing team after he climbed ahead of Iddon in the closing stages of the session, with the Tyco BMW pairing completing the second row with Michael Laverty.

Seeley will start from the third row ahead of Team WD-40 Kawasaki’s Jack Kennedy who had his best qualifying performance of the season so far in eighth with Lee Jackson completing the top nine.

It was a difficult session for Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne; the four-time champion will start 18th on the grid after a tough Q2; the Be Wiser Ducati rider had a moment through the gravel at Lodge at the mid-way point of the second stage before crashing out unhurt a lap later at Hizzys.

It was also a tough session for the second Be Wiser Ducati; Glenn Irwin suffered a clutch problem on his first lap and was forced to miss the remainder qualifying; he will start on the back row of the grid.

Danny Buchan was also left disappointed after he was ruled out on medical grounds for the remainder of the weekend after suffering concussion in a crash at Knickerbrook during Q1.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Datatag Qualifying:

1 Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 1m:43.633s

2 James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.452s

3 Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.520s

4 Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.553s

5 Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.637s

6 Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.870s

7 Alastair Seeley (Royal Air Force BMW) +0.926s

8 Jack Kennedy (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +1.425s

9 Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +1.599s

For more information visit www.britishsuperbike.com

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