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Jun 14, 2014

Byrne Breaks Lap Record, Takes MCE British Superbike Pole Position At Snetterton

Shane Byrne earned the MCE British Superbike pole position today at Snetterton.

MCE British Superbike Championship

Snetterton Circuit, England

June 14, 2014

Superbike Qualifying Results (all on Pirelli tires):

From Superpole Knockout Session Three:

1. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:47.488

2. Josh Brookes, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), 1:47.974

3. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Duc 1199 Panigale), 1:47.994

4. Julian Da Costa, France (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:48.071

5. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:48.079

6. James Ellison, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:48.337

7. Patric Muff, Switzerland (BMW S1000RR), 1:48.400

8. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (BMW S1000RR), 1:48.841

9. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:49.124

10. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:49.232

From Superpole Knockout Session Two:

11. Dan Linfoot, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:49.403

12. John Hopkins, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:49.422

13. Michael Rutter, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:49.433

14. Josh Waters, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:49.676

15. Stuart Easton, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:49.730

16.  Barry Burrell, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:49.862

17. Ben Wilson, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:50.121

18. Richard Cooper, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:50.246

19. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:51.870

20. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:48.992 (no time recorded in SP2)

From Superpole Knockout Session One:

21. Ian Hutchinson, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:51.254

22. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:51.400

23. Harry Hartley, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:51.560

24. John Ingram, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:51.858

25. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:52.775

26. Rhalf Lo Turco, Brazil (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:54.267

27. Peter Hickman, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:55.431

28. Mitchell Carr, Australia (Kaw ZX-10R), no time recorded

29. Jon Kirkham, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), no time recorded

Other Americans competing at Snetterton:

James Rispoli, riding his Team Traction Control Suzuki GSX-R600, qualified 11th in Motorpoint British Supersport. Rispoli's best lap time was 1:52.896. Billy McConnell, riding a Triumph, earned pole position with a lap of 1:50.938. Then in Race One, Rispoli finished eighth, 11.723 seconds behind winner Graeme Gowland, who rode a Triumph.

Jayson Uribe qualified eighth overall and sixth in the Moto3 class in Motul British Motostar on his FPW Racing/R5R Honda. Uribe's best lap time was 2:03.564. Bradley Ray, riding a 125cc-class machine, was the fastest rider in the session with a 2:01.299.

Anthony Alonso was 13th-fastest overall and sixth in the 125cc class in Motul British Motostar qualifying on his SP125/BARF Racing Honda. Alonso's best lap time was 2:04.605. 

Former AMA Pro regular Ben Young, a resident of Canada, was 28th out of 43 riders in 1000cc Superstock combined qualifying. Riding his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R, Young turned a best lap time of 1:53.052. Danny Buchan, riding a Kawasaki ZX-10R, earned pole position with a time of 1:50.390.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:

Round 3 Snetterton 300 14-15 June


Datatag Extreme Qualifying :

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:47.488s
2: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.486s
3: Jakub Smrz (Millsport Ducati) +0.506s
4: Julien Da Costa (Honda Racing UK) +0.583s
5: Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.591s
6: James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +0.849s


Shane “Shakey” Byrne scorched inside his own Snetterton lap record to claim his second pole start of the season ahead of the third round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at the Norfolk circuit in a top ten that featured six different nationalities.

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Byrne leads the title standings, despite being beaten to the line by 0.118s at the previous round by the Australian, but he overcame the challenges from his rival with a stunning lap of 1m 47.488s.

Byrne, who is bidding for a record-breaking fourth title, said: “I’m really happy with that time. For me, the session was all about making sure that I was in the top three to take a front row start and I had a goal of the lap I wanted to set. But when I saw the time come up, I was really, really happy. We had made some changes to the bike and they really worked, but now we have two long races here and that is what it is all about.”

Czech Republic rider Jakub Smrz completes the front row of the grid, the first for the Millsport Ducati team and the first in four years for the Italian manufacturer. His best lap came in a last lap dash which pushed Frenchman Julien Da Costa and his Honda back on to the second row alongside Tommy Bridewell on the second Milwaukee Yamaha and James Ellison riding the Lloyd British GB Moto Kawasaki.

Swiss rider Patrick Muff ran seventh fastest on the Bathams BMW with his best performance of the season, ahead of three times champion Ryuichi Kiyonari and his Buildbase BMW team-mate James Westmoreland. Keith Farmer completed the top ten qualifiers despite crashing his PR Kawasaki in the session.

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

Double top-ten qualifying in BSB and top four in Superstock for Buildbase BMW Motorrad.

The third round of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship is underway at Snetterton and Buildbase BMW Motorrad have kicked it off with two top-ten BSB qualifying results and a fourth place in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship.

Ryuichi Kiyonari and James Westmoreland made it through to the Q3 qualifying session and will start in eighth and ninth places respectively, on the third row of the grid for tomorrow's first of two BSB races.

Lee Jackson delivered a storming performance on the BMW HP4 Superstock machine, securing fourth place for tomorrow's race. The young Lincolnshire rider narrowly missed out on a front-row start by just 0.2 seconds.

The Hawk Racing team is returning to the BSB season hot off the back of three stunning TT wins with Michael Dunlop on the BMW S 1000 RR. Dunlop rode with the Buildbase BMW Motorrad team at the opening round of the season as part of his preparation for the Isle of Man, where he went on to win three races onboard the RR. Kiyonari is the most successful BSB rider in history at Snetterton and in 2011 he took pole position, lap record and a race win at the Norfolk racetrack. Having narrowly missed out on a potential podium finish at Oulton Park on his last time out, Kiyo is determined to return to the top end of the BSB pack.

Ryuichi Kiyonari said: “I like the Snetterton circuit, there are many tight corners which I love - maybe that is why it is good for me! I want to finish on the podium, maybe even try for the win soon because I want to be on the top step again. I have the confidence to push for the top three positions and that makes me happy.”

Stuart Hicken, Team Owner, said: “It's been a measured start to the weekend, but having three riders in the top ten during qualifying is not to be sniffed at. Kiyo can go faster, and we're expecting big things from him in the races. The BMW S 1000 RRs have been clocked at very good top speeds and they're performing well. Lee Jackson was on top form today, bringing home his HP4 in fourth place thanks to a blinding last lap in qualifying. All in all, race day should be a good one for the team."

The third round of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Snetterton with the racing on Sunday morning onwards. 

More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:


Josh Brookes powered the Milwaukee Yamaha to the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s third round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Snetterton in second place with Tommy Bridewell aiming for a flying start from the second row in fifth.

The Milwaukee Yamaha pair had been working hard throughout the free practice sessions to perfect their setup ahead of qualifying and tomorrow’s races with a strong performance giving the team confidence ahead of the all important races. For Bridewell the performance was his strongest of the season so far, whilst Brookes is bidding to add to his winning tally in Norfolk.

Brookes said: “I have been working through different steps to make improvements during the weekend and the changes have been really positive today. We focused on the rear of the machine after the sessions yesterday and for qualifying the Milwaukee Yamaha was how I wanted it. I tested the SC0 tyre during qualifying and then for the last run I went for the SC1 tyre which is what I had been using previously. I am happy with the front row and we will see what we can do tomorrow.”

Bridewell said: “Today has been a good day. We have shown good pace all weekend and I am really comfortable on the Milwaukee Yamaha. In Q3 that was when I really stretched my legs and did what I could do. I am a little bit disappointed that we didn't get those couple more tenths, but tomorrow I feel determined I have got my sights set on what I want to achieve and hopefully we can do that.”

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