Month: April 2018

Road riding – ten things I’ve learnt from riding a 2011 Yamaha Diversion 600F

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01) The Diversion 600F is tiny, really tiny for my 6’2in frame

02) OEM tyres from 2011 don’t age well…

03) The state of the roads in Lincolnshire is shocking – potholes everywhere

04) The standard of drivers isn’t much better; everyone seems glued to their phone or sat nav…the telltale weave is a giveaway

05) The temperature may be warm during the day right now but at twilight it’s still too early in the year for vented leathers and boots

06) The bugs are much bigger riding after 8pm too

07) The engine may be small, but it’s still lively and has enough poke to put a smile on your face

08) It’s crying out for an aftermarket can though…sounds like a washing machine

09) It begins to weave once you get it singing

10) The 600F may just be the perfect post-test bike to cut your teeth on

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New Kit – limited edition Alpinestars Schwantz Supertech Rs

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Suzuka ’91: Four title contenders enter the final lap mere feet apart. An all out battle, passes under braking so late you can not bear to look and the lead will change hands again and again. An inside line appears, barely an opening at all and the number 34 Suzuki dives in and makes the pass stick. When the checkered flag is waved the top four is decided by .556 of one second and Kevin Schwantz is victorious with a final lap battle that is cemented in MotoGP history.

No one typifies the all-or-nothing, knife-edge, racing of the era like Kevin Schantz. Hailing from Houston, Texas, a background in motocross gave him the skills to battle shoulder to shoulder in the tight chicanes and historic corners of grand prix road racing with unique style.

In 1993 he became World Champion wearing the legendary Alpinestars GP PRO boot and now to mark the 25th anniversary of that title, Alpinestars introduces the Limited Edition Kevin Schwantz Supertech R in a Kevin’s individual color way – an icon now just as it was back in the 1990’s.

Designed and developed to the highest technical standards, the Supertech R Boots today represent the pinnacle of racing innovation for track and road use. Alpinestars’ most iconic sports boot, the Supertech R incorporates a whole host of performance innovations including a redesigned compound rubber sole, an ergonomically profiled shin plate, a redesigned front flex area, plus the pioneering dual torsion, bio-mechanical ankle brace – all of which enhance this CE certified boot.

Tested – Arai Chaser V

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I bought this lid last year online after my trusty Dainese helmet finally gave up the ghost, and I’ve got to say, I’m impressed. It initially felt tight, really tight, when I first tried it on in the shop, but the sales rep convinced me it would bed in, and I’m pleased I took his advice – after some six months of wear it now fits me like a dream; snug without being uncomfortable. The longest I’ve worn this in one hit is eight hours, and I still felt fresh; no headaches, no pressure points. I’ve worn this exclusively for recreational rides and it works well in all weathers – the lining is comfortable, the vents are powerful and work, and the Pinlock does a decent job of ensuring the visor stays mist free.

Another great thing about this ‘budget’ Arai is the wide visor aperture which allows great peripheral vision, essential when filtering.

The shell is made of Super Fibre Construction (SFC) with a triple density inner shell as well as enhanced strengthening of the lower section, and retains Arai’s trademark smooth shell to offer the best protection through its enhanced ‘glancing off ’ properties – the theory is that a smoother shape spreads the impact load across the whole helmet and thus helps reduce the amount of energy transferred to a rider’s brain in a spill. I haven’t tested this yet, and I have no intention of doing, but it’s reassuring to know.

The only thing I don’t like is the visor change mechanism. It’s horrible. It sounds like you’re going to break it.

Look online and bag yourself a bargain, there are some incredible deals about, and there’s a colour scheme to suit you.

WSBK – double delight for Kawasaki for Race Two at Assen

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Assen proved to be a happy hunting ground for Kawasaki as Tom Sykes and Jonny Rea secured a Team Green 1-2.

The Race Two victory was the first win for Sykes since Misano in 2017 in emphatic fashion, while championship leader Rea finished a strong second today, despite launching from the third row of the grid after winning the first Assen race on Saturday.

Sykes, who stated on pole, looked unbeatable on Sunday, running clear of his early rivals and maintaining a remarkably consistent high pace throughout.

Rea found the going tougher – the three-time champions was fourth after Lap One, then third after four laps, before taking second place on Lap Six.

By that stage Sykes had already opened up a gap of 3.5 seconds, which grew as Rea had to defend his position.

Maintaining his own high pace, Rea had to fight off the keen attentions of eventual third place finisher Michael van der Mark in the middle of the 21-lap race.

However, Rea reasserted himself to cross the line 5.445 seconds behind Sykes while keeping van der Marks Yamaha two seconds behind him.

Tom Sykes said: “The Ninja ZX-10RR today was great on a clear track. I was disappointed with Race One, for a number a reasons.

“But what can I say about the win today? I have not had an easy time in the last 18 months or so, but the good thing is that Marcel is not just my crew chief, but also such an amazing friend. He has helped me and gently reminded me of where we have come from in the past, and how we got to where we are now. I knew that the results have not justified the efforts we have put in until now. I also knew last night that a little bit of magic and the Sykes’ spark was there. I think there is no doubt in my speed and today we converted that into all 21 laps. I am very, very happy for this and it was quite emotional to win today.”

Rea was less pleased with his performance. He said: “My track position did not help in the beginning. I wasted a lot of tyre life and energy coming from ninth.

“When I had free track I could see that the gap remained constant. I also ran into some issues with vibration, backing in and the bike becoming a bit unstable. I managed my own race then and totally accepted that today was not going to be my day.

“Tom was stronger but my race was compromised by my ninth place start. You cannot give a guy like Tom pole position after his pace yesterday. Kudos to him and his team they did a great job, and I can take my points and march on to Imola. I have a 30-point lead. It was target achieved at this round and I am feeling better with the bike each week.”

MotoGP – Marquez untouchable at COTA

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It’s closer than ever as the flag falls at the end of the Americas GP, with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez taking the win and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso taking the Championship lead.

The Americas GP also made it back-to-back podium finishes for Suzuki, with Andrea Iannone putting in an impressive push from the front row to take third and his first rostrum finish of the season – and first rostrum with the Hamamatsu factory.

It was also Iannone who got the holeshot from second on the grid, but Marquez also got a flyer from Row 2 – slotting into second and on the chase behind the ‘Maniac’. Making his move soon after and taking the lead, #93 started to pull a gap – but Iannone wasn’t done, and gave it everything for a late dive up the inside of the reigning champion. Running a bit wide on the exit, Marquez took him back – then quickly started to build a gap.

From there on out, the spectacular ballet of man and machine once more ruled the rodeo in Texas – with the victory making it ten consecutive premier class wins for Marquez on US soil.

Marquez said: “This weekend I really gave it my all. Today I was totally focused, as I wanted to remain perfect here at Austin. I don’t think that ever in my career have I had such a race, pushing so hard from the first lap.

“Today I felt that this was the right way and was able to do it, in part because my bike’s setup helped me a lot, so thanks to everyone in my garage as they’ve worked really well and hard. Yesterday I was a bit ill, and even today I didn’t feel I had perfect energy, but it turned out to be a good race anyway – a lonely one, but sometimes it goes like that.

“Last night when I was going to sleep, I thought about the strategy, and today I followed it. Even in the warm-up, I tried to simulate the first laps of the race, going out on new tyres and with a full tank. That was in the plan. I told the team that I wanted to try to lead the race from the beginning and pull a gap. So in the first three or four laps, I pushed a bit more than usual, and then I managed the advantage.

“Today I had special motivation. There was a lot of pressure, but I like the pressure, as it helps to keep focused. I felt a special feeling on the last lap, when I passed in front of Nicky’s flag. So, I’m happy with the result and for recovering ground in the Championship, but now we go back to Europe, where we must be consistent, because look who’s leading the standings: Dovi, the most consistent rider! The feeling with my bike is very good, and the same has been true in Qatar and Argentina, so we’ll try and continue this way.”

Behind, however, it was getting pretty tight. Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was pressuring teammate Viñales for third as Iannone held firm in second. But lap-by-lap, Viñales was able to ease away and stake his claim on P2 – closing in on Iannone before a well-judged pass into Turn 1 saw the Spaniard able to get through and then pull away. Keeping it calm, he took his first podium of the season in second, and Iannone did the same in third.

Rossi came home fourth, with Dovizioso taking fifth after a particularly difficult weekend. Well-rewarded for a solid race, the 2017 Runner Up is now the leader of the pack once again after his controlled performance, including a late race pass on Tech 3’s Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3).

Zarco was top Independent Team rider in P6, with former championship leader Cal Crutchlow sliding out at the final corner on his LCR Honda when attacking the Frenchman earlier in the race. Suzuki’s Alex also then suffered a tumble soon after and retired.

Meanwhile, Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa followed up two stunning showings on Friday and Saturday to come home in a superhuman P7. Back on track and racing just over a week after surgery on his broken wrist sustained in the Argentina GP, the ‘Little Samurai’ rode a heroic push through the pain barrier around the punishing, technical challenge of the Circuit of the Americas in a performance worthy of the history books, taking home nine points ahead of the Championship’s return to one of his best venues: Jerez.

Special mention must also go to a resurgent Tito Rabat – the Spaniard guided his with Tito Rabat Avintia Racing customer Ducati to finish ahead of Pramac Racing’s Jack Miller and Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro.

Jorge Lorenzo suffered another miserable race in 11th, fuelling more rumours that his lacklustre performances on the factory Ducati will see him lose his ride.

Pramac Racing’s Danilo Petrucci took P12, ahead of some impressive points for Pol Espargaro and Red Bull KTM Factory Racing in P13. LCR Honda’s Takaaki Nakagami was top rookie in P14, ahead of Alvaro Bautista on the Angel Nieto Team Ducati.

MotoGP – rampant Marquez secures pole in Austin, or does he?

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Things got pretty hot in Texas in qualifying for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, with drama first striking as reigning champion Marc Marquez took a tumble on his Repsol Honda at Turn 13.

With the other riders closing in on his time as he made his way back to the Honda garage on a scooter, Marquez was able to get back out, and set a sixth pole position at the Circuit of the Americas – closely followed by a resurgent Maverick Viñales on the Yamaha.

However, that wasn’t the end of the tale, and Marquez found his riding under the spotlight again – Viñales, after an impressive show of race pace earlier in the day in FP4, came across a slower-moving Marquez on his first flyer on his second run and was forced to abandon the lap.

A visibly angry Viñales gesticulated wildly as the pair made their way back to Parc Ferme, with both riders skirting round the intense media interest in the incident in the post qualifying interviews.

However, the clash was investigated by the stewards and Marquez was given a three-place grid penalty and will therefore actually start from fourth.

Viñales said: “For sure I’m very satisfied. It’s been a long time since I was on the first row. I think tomorrow we can do a great race. I felt really good with the tyres, especially the rear. I think that tomorrow we still have a little room to improve. Race by race I’m finding my own bike, my own style, and I still have a margin to push more. I’m quite happy and tomorrow we’re going to try to be even faster. I’m very much focused on tomorrow. We had great pace in FP4 and we have to keep pushing. I think fighting for the victory will be difficult, but not impossible. I feel good and I feel good on the bike, so let’s see. I think between today and tomorrow we can make another step.”

Marquez said: “Of course qualifying was a bit hectic. I crashed and had to take my second bike for the second run. I went out, and unfortunately I didn’t expect Maverick to arrive behind me because I was focused on Iannone, who was waiting ahead and who I knew could be very fast.

“I apologised to Maverick but I didn’t realise he was behind me until I heard his engine. So tomorrow I’ll start from fourth. It will be important to choose the right tyre; we’ve worked a lot on used tyres and I was able to be consistent during the practices, but this track is quite physically demanding and tomorrow the temperature should be higher, so we’ll see. We’ll try and remain fully concentrated.”

It was a good qualifying for Suzuki’s Andrea Iannone, with the Italian setting the third fastest lap, with Tech 3’s Johann Zarco bumped back onto the front row to make it seven races in the row the Frenchman has lined up there.

He had Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi for very close company on the timesheets; the Italian just 0.019 back and now starting fifth, next to Marquez, who now heads up Row 2 following his demotion on the grid.

It was just as tight for sixth and the final spot on the second row, as Ducati’s Jorge Lorenzo was only another 0.065 in arrears behind the ‘Doctor’.

Championship leader Cal Crutchlow took seventh on his LCR Honda as he aims to keep his points lead on Sunday, and he’s just ahead of the man chasing him in the standings, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa completes that star-studded third row. the Spaniard impressing despite struggling with the after effects of surgery on a broken wrist sustained in the Argentina GP.

Q1 graduate Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing), Argentina GP podium finisher Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) completed the top twelve – with Espargaro having put in a stunner to come through Q1 and get KTM’s first visit to Q2 this season. However, the KTM rider was also given a three-place grid penalty, meaning Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) will start P12.

WSBK – Rea win at Assen equal’s King Carl’s record

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Kawasaki rider Jonny Rea won his 12th WSBK race at Assen, extending his championship lead and closing in on the all-time win total by taking his 57th career victory. 

In uncharacteristically warm and dry conditions, Rea showed his affinity with the historic Assen circuit by leading across the line for all but two laps. 

He won the race by an eventual 0.981 seconds from local hero Michael van der Mark, who led for two laps on his Yamaha. But while Van der Mark was fast, he was also ragged, allowing Rea to control the race.

Rea’s third race victory of the year came after some good work in practice and qualifying, and being able to improve the pace in warm conditions, making a gap that he could control in the final few laps of the 4.542km long circuit.

Rea said: “I enjoyed that race. I had two or three small attempts to break the group but it just wasn’t happening. I preferred to be at the front of the race anyway, to manage things in the places I was strong. I knocked back a little bit in case I was not able to make a gap in the last laps. 

“I think with four to go I started to make a couple of strong lap times and that just broke the gap to the others. I was quite lucky because on the last lap I made a little mistake at T8 but by that stage I had already made the gap. I was super-happy because we arrived here with the bike that was quite strong at the start. With consistent weather on Friday I was able to do two race simulations to understand how the tyres would be at the end today.”

Rea’s win takes him to within two victories of the outright record of 59, held by WSBK legend Carl Fogarty. This was Rea’s 75th podium for Kawasaki – he is now the second rider, in his own right, in terms of career podiums, with 117.

BSB – Byrne and Haslam share the spoils at Brands

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Three different winners have already celebrated victory in the opening four races of the 2018 BSB championship as defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and fierce title rival Leon Haslam shared the wins in a hectic second round at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent.

Home hero Byrne had been gunning to return to the top step after 20-year-old Bradley Ray completed a double victory at the season opener. The Be Wiser Ducati rider started alongside him on the grid, and the six-time champion became embroiled in a race-long battle with his local rival in the opening clash of the day.

Ray had produced a lightning start off the line to lead Byrne and Haslam on the opening lap as the Buildbase Suzuki rider led the freight train of riders. The leading pair was soon edging ahead at the front of the pack as the local heroes battled for race one supremacy.

Meanwhile Haslam in third place was coming under fire from the chasing trio of Jason O’Halloran, Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty, who had all been locked in a grudge match to close the gap on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider in third place.

O’Halloran was able to make a decisive move to edge into third place on Lap 14 and the Honda Racing contender held off a counter attack from Haslam in the closing stages with Iddon completing the top five for Tyco BMW.

Jake Dixon moved his way up the order to sixth position, just ahead of Glenn Irwin and Laverty, who dropped to eighth in the closing stages of the race with Tommy Bridewell and Peter Hickman completing the top ten.

Race One winner Bryne said: “Bradley did such a good job in the beginning of race one. I wanted to have a little bit of a battle with him and for us two to have some fun out front. I was looking at my pit board and could see that he and I were pulling away from the rest of the pack and after maybe 15 or 20 laps I thought ‘should I go now?’

“There was one point on the track where he was particularly strong and I didn’t want it to be a last lap lunge at the last corner so he couldn’t get back past but at the same time I didn’t want to give him too many opportunities to have a stab back at me.

“So when he made his mistake at Paddock I pounced, promptly followed by making a mistake at probably my strongest corner on the track and losing the rear. He did such a good job to be honest that all I had to do was hang on to him without trying to use too much of my tyres and I think towards the end there I was definitely in a slightly stronger position.

“I’m happy with the win – the first win of the year – and he’s been a bit greedy so far! It was a great race. He did a good job and made my race a lot easier.”

However Race Two saw the JG Speedfit Kawasaki celebrate their first victory of the season with Haslam, as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ mastered the damp conditions to become the third different race winner, holding off the attack from Irwin and Laverty to have the edge by just 0.367s at the chequered flag.

Ray had taken the advantage at the start of the race, leading the field into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time ahead of Haslam, Dixon, Byrne and Iddon, but the race was red flagged on the seventh lap when rain began to fall.

On the restart Haslam took the advantage off the line from Richard Cooper and Iddon with Dixon in close contention.

It wasn’t long before Haslam and Cooper began to trade blows as the pair continued to swap places in their quest to remain at the head of the field.

By Lap Three Cooper was ahead and Haslam wasn’t giving in, but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was soon under attack from Dixon, who moved ahead before the ‘Pocket Rocket’ repaid the move.

Cooper’s race ended prematurely as he crashed out at Clearways on the seventh lap, ending his hopes of making amends for his race one slide off.

At the front Haslam had the lead, but Laverty closed in and made a move with a dive down the inside into Paddock Hill Bend on the ninth lap to take the advantage for Tyco BMW.

Dixon was fighting to move up the order, but the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki rider crashed out unhurt at Graham Hill Bend.

Laverty had the edge, but Irwin was closing in and moved ahead of Haslam. Irwin made a decisive pass at Druids to capture the lead on with two laps to go, but on the final lap he had a moment which gave Haslam the momentum he needed to move into the lead at Surtees and hold off his Be Wiser Ducati rival to the finish line with Laverty claiming third place, to become the fifth different podium finisher of the season.

Byrne had to settle for fourth ahead of Josh Brookes, who had a resurgent race two for McAMS Yamaha as he forced his way ahead of Iddon and championship leader Ray in the closing stages of the race.

Tommy Bridewell held off rookie Tarran Mackenzie who scored his first top ten finish in ninth place ahead of another rookie, Carl Phillips on the Gearlink Kawasaki.

Race Two winner Haslam said: “The rain helped in race two but it’s no secret I’ve not always had the best of results here on the Indy circuit, so the fourth place in race one for me I was quite happy with it. Normally I wouldn’t be, but the pace wasn’t too bad and it was one of those where it was really hard to make passes.

“We made some good changes to the bike and I was running second before the red flag and I think I got the fastest lap up to that point so the changes did work, so for me we’ve learnt quite a lot in the dry which is nice.

“And the rain, to be honest with you we just threw a setting in that we thought might work and it was just about feel and pushing and waiting for someone to brake and then I braked a little bit later.

“It was one of those races that you kind-of never wanted to end so it was so much fun and I had a real good battle with these guys and to make it pay off on that last lap, sometimes it doesn’t work out in your favour so a big thanks to Kawasaki and well done to these guys as well and we’ll move on to Oulton Park.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race One result:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.837s
  3. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +2.412s
  4. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +2.863s
  5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +5.101s
  6. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +6.673s
  7. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +7.521s
  8. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +8.037s
  9. Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +8.247s
  10. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +8.383s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two result:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
  2. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.367s
  3. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.598s
  4. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +7.733s
  5. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +12.808s
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +13.570s
  7. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +14.263s
  8. Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +15.248s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +15.307s
  10. Carl Phillips (Gearlink Kawasaki) +23.240s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 79
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 69
  3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 65
  4. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 48
  5. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 36
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 33

WSBK – Davies takes Race Two win at Aragon

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After finishing on the podium with a second place in Race One, Chaz Davies took a stunning win in Race Two at Aragon.

Starting from third row, Davies bided his time early on, then took the lead with five laps to go and never looked back.

Kawasaki’s Jonny Rea pushed Davies all the way, running wide into the entry of the chicane at turn 12 and losing his chance to attack Davies on the long final corner. Rea was just 1.184 seconds back at the flag, for his fourth podium finish of the 2018 season.

Davies took the 7th win of his career at Aragon and second of the season.

Davies said: “I had to really work hard for this win, coming from 8th place on the grid. I knew we could pull through, but in the first few laps I didn’t have the feeling I was hoping for.

“We opted for a softer rear tire and I was expecting to have more stability, but the rear kept spinning a bit so I stayed patient without trying to force my way through. Then, I made some passes and found myself in a good position to ride my own race.

“I’m really, really happy to have sealed my seventh win here at Aragon. Thanks to the whole team and Ducati. I can’t wait to race again next weekend in Assen.”

Adding to an already memorable Sunday, rookie Michael Ruben Rinaldi finished in seventh position, first among the independent riders, with the Aruba Racing – Junior Team.

BSB – Ray get pole ahead of home race at Brands Hatch

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Home contender Bradley Ray stormed to pole position in qualifying ahead of the second round of the BSB championship at Brands Hatch with a margin of 0.097s over reigning champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.

A rapid qualifying session saw Ray and Byrne duel for the pole position ahead of tomorrow’s opening race, but the 20-year-old hotshot had the edge in the closing minutes to snatch the lead position from his Be Wiser Ducati rival.

Ray said: “To be honest, coming off what we did yesterday in free practice I was a little bit conscious of coming into today being 17th and quite far down. I got a bit worried overnight, we were chasing our tail a bit looking through data and I was getting a bit annoyed to see myself down in 17th and I didn’t know why.

“We found something this morning in free practice free and got a bit of confidence back and the bike was working fairly well. I was aiming to get on the first two rows, which is vital round the Indy circuit for the start and to make the race a little bit easier for yourself, but to come away at Brands with a pole is unbelievable and to do a 44′ as well is something special.

“Tomorrow is race day, it’s all about tomorrow. If we can get a good start and have a good race then we’ll see where we are at the end.”

Veteran James Ellison had continued his momentum from free practice to force his way up the order into third place for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team, pushing Michael Laverty on the leading Tyco BMW back onto the second row.

Leon Haslam had been moving up the order during the final stages of Q3 but he had to settle for fifth place as JG Speedfit Kawasaki became the fifth different team and manufacturer to feature in the top five.

The ‘Pocket Rocket’ was narrowly ahead of Tommy Bridewell, who had been the early pace setter for the Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki team, and Jake Dixon for the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki team.

Honda Racing had a high-pressure start to their Q3 after Jason O’Halloran crashed out at Druids in the final moments of the Q2 session. He was able to return to the garage and the team worked hard to turn the Fireblade around to get the ‘O’Show’ back on circuit.

The hard work paid off and the Australian was able to head out for Q3 to qualify in eighth position, just ahead of Tarran Mackenzie who was the highest placed McAMS Yamaha in ninth place.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Datatag Qualifying:

  1. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 44.997s
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.097s
  3. James Ellison (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.148s
  4. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.318s
  5. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.321s
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +0.394s
  7. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.453s
  8. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.530s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.866s