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Aug 24, 2014

Byrne Breaks Lap Record, Takes British Superbike Pole Position At Cadwell Park

Shane Byrne (67).

MCE British Superbike Championship

Cadwell Park, England

August 24, 2014

Qualifying Results (all on Pirelli tires):

From Knockout Qualifying Session Three:

1. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:26.017

2. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (BMW S1000RR), 1:26.921

3. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:27.681

4. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:27.717

5. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:27.771

6. Josh Waters, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:27.977

7. Jon Kirkham, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:27.995

8. John Hopkins, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:28.054

9. Dan Linfoot, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:28.214

10. Josh Brookes, UK (Yam YZF-R1), no time recorded in Qualifying Session Three

From Knockout Qualifying Session Two:

11. Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:28.218

12. Scott Smart, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:28.285

13. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:28.290

14. Stuart Easton, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:28.497

15. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:28.505

16. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:28.569

17. Michael Rutter, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:28.702

18. Ben Wilson, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:29.170

19. Glen Richards, Australia (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:29.065

From Knockout Qualifying Session One:

20. Patric Muff, Switzerland (BMW S1000RR), 1:29.186

21. Gary Mason, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:29.307

22. James Ellison, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:29.327

23. John Ingram, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:29.543

24. Christophe Ponsson, France (Bim BB3), 1:30.948

25. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:31.037

26. Rhalf Lo Turco, Brazil (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:32.196

27. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), no time recorded

More Americans competing at Cadwell Park:

James Rispoli, riding his Team Traction Control Yamaha YZF-R6, qualified 11th in British Supersport and finished eighth in the 12-lap "sprint" race.

Jayson Uribe, riding his FPW Racing/R5R Honda, was seventh overall and third in the Moto3 class in British Motostar final qualifying.

Former AMA Pro regular Ben Young, a resident of Canada, was 28th in combined British 1000cc Superstock Qualifying with a time of 1:32.161 on his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:

Round 8 24-25 August Cadwell Park


Datatag Extreme Qualifying:
1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:26.017s
2: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0.904s
3: Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +1.664s
4: Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +1.700s
5: Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves Honda) +1.754s
6: Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +1.960s


Shane “Shakey” Byrne smashed the Cadwell Park lap record to put his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki onto pole position for the eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship.

The series leader bounced back after a crash this morning at Hall Bends with an inch-perfect lap of the 2.18-miles Lincolnshire circuit in a time of 1m 26.0017s, over half a second inside the record.

Byrne, after powering in his fifth pole start of the campaign, said: “I saw from my pit-board I had 0.9s in front of everyone and was faster than I had been all weekend so I was very happy. But, good as pole is, it is the races that are the more important.”

Byrne is aiming to end a run of seven races without a win but despite his speed in qualifying knows that he will have a fight on his hands as Ryuichi Kiyonari, also chasing a record fourth title, starts his Buildbase BMW alongside him on a front row. Milwaukee Yamaha’s Tommy Bridewell completes the front row as he scored his first top three qualifying result of the season.

Chris Walker heads the second row on the lone Lloyds British GBmoto Kawasaki, with local rider Peter Hickman fifth fastest on the RAF Reserves Honda at his home round just ahead of Aussie Josh Waters riding for Tyco Suzuki.

Jon Kirkham (Halsall Bike Gear Kawasaki) John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) and Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) start from the third row with title-chasing Josh Brookes frustrated as he starts from tenth place on the grid after a problem spoiled his challenge in the third element of the qualifying session.

James Ellison has decided to withdraw for the remainder of the event despite his heroic attempt to return to racing from his Brands Hatch injury. He now looks ahead to Donington Park and his hopes of securing a Showdown position.

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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:


The Milwaukee Yamaha team will start tomorrow’s eighth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park from the front row of the grid after Tommy Bridewell celebrated his first top three qualifying result of the season.

Bridewell had been working hard with his crew throughout the day to close the deficit after a challenging opening day at the Lincolnshire circuit. The combined determination saw Bridewell achieve his best qualifying result of the season in third.

On the opposite side of the garage Josh Brookes will be forced to start from tenth on the grid for the opening race after a technical problem meant he didn’t have enough time to complete a single flying lap in Q3. He missed the line by a matter of seconds and now has to start from the fourth row of the grid.

Brookes said: “We still haven’t got to where we need to be if I am honest yet. I am in the mix with the front three and had I been able to do a lap in Q3 I would have been front row of the grid without a doubt. That makes it quite frustrating to think that I have to come from tenth on the grid now. I have enough pace to win the race tomorrow, but I expected the bike to be working a bit better because I have ridden it in corners harder and faster at other tracks and had more confidence. I think it is just the nature of Cadwell Park, but the potential is there and I will be trying my best.”

Bridewell said: “It is fantastic for us to be on the front row here. I have to thank all of my crew as we had a massive direction change this morning and it has worked wonders. If I am honest seeing the lap time difference I thought we would struggle to get near them the way it went yesterday but we have turned it around so that’s all credit to the Milwaukee Yamaha team and the effort they have put in. Hopefully we can continue the same way tomorrow now in the races.”

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More, from a press release issued by Buildbase BMW Motorrad:

Ryuichi Kiyonari and Lee Jackson earn front row starts in BSB and STK1000 at Cadwell Park.

Ryuichi Kiyonari has put his Buildbase BMW Motorrad BMW S 1000 RR on the front row for tomorrow’s first of two MCE British Superbike races at Cadwell Park, while Lee Jackson has similarly earned a spot on the front row for the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race.

Triple BSB Champion Kiyonari’s recent return to form began at Knockhill with a race win and since then he’s taken victories at Brands Hatch and twice at Oulton Park last time out. This weekend’s action began with an equally promising start, seeing Kiyo top the timesheets in the first and third free practice sessions. The Japanese rider easily made it through to the final Q3 qualifying session, setting the second fastest lap with a time of 1:26.921.

The ‘War for Four’ is very much on as Kiyonari takes the fight to fellow Triple Champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, who has now gone seven races without a victory following Kiyo’s thrilling win at the Scottish round back in June. However, Shakey has declared his intent at the Lincolnshire circuit after setting the all-time lap record during the closing moments of Q3 with a blistering 1:26.017 lap. The crowds and viewers at home are sure to be treated to spectacular racing action come Bank Holiday Monday.

James Westmoreland made his return to racing this weekend, having missed out on four rounds due to a small but significant injury to his thumb. Having recovered and returned to full health, James was back on his bike for this weekend’s round, making it through to Q2 session and qualifying 16th on the sixth row.

Lee Jackson, who had been doubling up on BSB duty in Westy’s absence, secured third place for tomorrow’s Superstock 1000 race after an action-packed qualifying session. Jackson actually set his final lap time in Q1, and was out early in Q2 when he went off at Coppice, luckily unhurt but unable to return to the session. However, his time from Q1 was strong enough to keep him third on the grid.

Ryuichi Kiyonari said: "Qualifying has never been my favourite session because I am always very nervous for Q1 and Q2 because I want to push hard and have a good result. I had a crash at Oulton Park last time in qualifying and I think that meant I was more nervous and I didn't want to do that again. I am happy with second position - Shakey's lap was very fast and I am not sure how he did it but I will do my best in the races tomorrow and hopefully that is enough to win again."

Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “It’s been a thrilling weekend and we haven’t even started the racing yet! Kiyo has been absolutely on it – not just today but since Knockhill. He showed us at Oulton Park that he can win from tenth on the grid, and today he’s put his BMW S 1000 RR on the front row. James has come back from four rounds off and is just as fast as he was before, which is all you could ask for. Lee Jackson earned himself a front row start too. It’s been a good day for Buildbase BMW Motorrad.”

Tomorrow’s racing begins at 11:20am at Cadwell Park over the August Bank Holiday. For more information visit

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, Datatag Extreme Qualifying:

1.Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1:26.017s

2.Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW Motorrad) +0.904s

3.Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +1.664s

4.Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +1.700s

5.Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves Honda) +1.754s

6.Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +1.960s

More, from a press release issued by Tyco Suzuki:


24th August 2014

British Superbike Championship – Round 8, Cadwell Park

Josh Waters continued his progress in this season’s British Superbike Championship with Tyco Suzuki, taking a second row grid spot for tomorrow’s opening race at Cadwell Park in Lincolnshire. His battered a bruised team-mate John Hopkins should also be commended for taking eighth place and a third row grid placing on his first visit to Cadwell Park.

Hopkins rode through the pain barrier having fractured his left foot in three places at Oulton Park just two weeks’ ago; also damaging a metal plate in the same foot in the second race incident.

Waters said after his second row qualifying effort: “If I was to pick a track day anywhere in the world to ride, I wouldn’t pick Cadwell,” smiled the Aussie. “But we have made progress and the track certainly suits the Suzuki chassis. I had a big moment over the Mountain during one of the sessions so I’ll not be looking to jump it like Brookesy, but I’m enjoying the weekend and I’m up for it tomorrow.”

John Hopkins said of his qualifying: “I’ve only ever ridden Cadwell at a track day back in 2011, but yeah I’ve been chipping away and taking chunks of time off in each session. It’s frustrating because I think this is one of the tracks that will really suit the Tyco Suzuki, but having three fractures in my left foot and bent a metal place that I had inserted a few years ago, doesn’t make it easy round a track like this with so many changes of direction. But we will give it a go and look forward to four tracks coming up that I know really well and feel I can make a big impact at.”

Taylor Mackenzie put in a big effort after mechanical problems forced him to start from the back of the grid in today’s Supersport sprint race. The Scottish rider pulled himself into the points finishing 14th. He will start tomorrow’s second race on row six.

Philip Neill – Team Manager:

“An encouraging day all round despite a few problems: John battled through the pain barrier and a third row at a track he is unfamiliar with, riding with a broken foot, is a big effort. Josh is starting to find his feet in BSB and it’s showing on track, so hopefully he too can build on that tomorrow and top six is the target on the Tyco Suzuki GSX-R1000. Taylor had the misfortune to miss a session but showed grit today to score points. His grid position isn’t ideal for tomorrow but I’m sure he will give a good account of himself.”

British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park Qualifying:

1. Shane Byrne (Kawasaki) 1m:26.017s

2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (BMW) +0.904s

3. Tommy Bridewell (Yamaha) +1.664s

4. Chris Walker (Kawasaki) +1.700s

5. Peter Hickman (Honda) +1.754s

6. Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +1.960s

7. Jon Kirkham (Kawasaki) +1.978s

8. John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +2.037s

9. Dan Linfoot (Kawasaki) +2.197s

10. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)

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