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Jun 15, 2013

Byrne Earns MCE British Superbike Pole Position At Knockhill

MCE British Superbike Championship: Shane Byrne (67) in action on his Kawasaki ZX-10R at Knockhill.

MCE British Superbike Championship Knockhill Circuit Scotland, United Kingdom June 15, 2013 Qualifying Results:

Superbike (all on Pirelli tires):

From Knockout Qualifying Session Three:

1. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 48.333 seconds 2. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 48.343 3. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 48.649 4. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), 48.983 5. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), 48.986 6. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 49.068 7. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), 49.171 8. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 49.204 9. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 49.320 10. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 49.713

From Knockout Qualifying Session Two:

11. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 49.306 seconds 12. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 49.380 13. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 49.423 14. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), 49.479 15. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 49.548 16. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199), 49.549 17. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 49.608 18. Robbin Harmes, Denmark (Hon CBR1000RR), 49.619

From Knockout Qualifying Session Three:

19. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), 49.955 seconds 20. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 50.024 21. Danny Buchan, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 50.063 22. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 50.335 23. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 50.918 24. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 51.034 25. Michael Howarth, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 52.306 26. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), no time recorded

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship Race One Results:

1. Ben Wilson (Kaw ZX-6R), 13 laps, 11:29.686 2. Alastair Seeley (Kaw ZX-6R), -2.865 seconds 3. Stuart Easton (Yam YZF-R6), -3.722 4. Graeme Gowland (Yam YZF-R6), -5.083 5. Glenn Irwin (Yam YZF-R6), -6.041 6. Richard Cooper (Tri Daytona 675R), -6.085 7. Billy McConnell (Tri Daytona 675R), -6.249 8. Luke Stapleford (Tri Daytona 675R), -6.474 9. Luke Mossey (Tri Daytona 675R), -7.051 10. David Paton (Yam YZF-R6), -7.282

The results for other Americans competing at Knockhill:

Rain prevented anyone from going quicker during Pirelli National Superstock 1000 final qualifying, and Team WD-40 Tommy Aquino's time from Friday, 50.887 seconds, left him 11th-fastest out of 39 riders. But for some reason unknown to Roadracingworld.com, Aquino will start his race from 15th on the grid. Tristan Palmer will start from pole position thanks to his time of 50.236 seconds.

Jayson Uribe qualified 12th out of 24 riders for the Monster Energy British Motostar race. Uribe's best lap time was 57.114 seconds on his Rock and Sons Racing Honda RS125. Pole-sitter Joe Irving did a 54.585-second lap.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:

Round 4 – KNOCKHILL – 15/16 JUNE BYRNE PACKS A PUNCH BY CLAIMING POLE POSITION INSIDE KNOCKHILL LAP RECORD Results

Datatag Extreme Qualifying: 1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 48.333s 2: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.010s 3: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.316s 4: Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +0.650s 5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +0.653s 6: PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +0.735s Report

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, the defending champion set an incredible pace in this afternoon’s MCE Insurance British Superbike qualifying session at Knockhill to claim pole position for the fourth round with a time inside his own lap record set back in 2006.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider had been embroiled in a three-way fight for the pole position as standings leader Alex Lowes and Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes both made an assault for the top spot, but Byrne proved that he means business at Knockhill.

Byrne said: “I’m really pleased with this, my first flying lap was good, but then Josh Brookes came through and I thought I just had to go for it. I had a few moments on the lap, but here we are. I wanted to get that pole position for my wife Petra who is unwell; hopefully that will give her something to smile about and thanks to everyone for sending her their best wishes.”

“Our race pace is good but we have a bit of work to do and a few little tweaks to make to perfect it for the race, but to come here and do this, ahead of teams who have tested here before, is good and we are in pretty good shape for the races,” added Byrne who is intent on overturning the single point deficit he has on Lowes in the standings.

Tyco Suzuki’s Brookes was just 0.010 seconds adrift of Byrne after admitting to some mistakes on his final lap dash to try and claim the pole position, whilst Lowes qualified third fastest aboard the Samsung Honda to secure an all important front row start at this short, but demanding circuit.

Jon Kirkham just missed out on a front row start for Buildbase BMW and heads the resurgent three-times title winner Ryuichi Kiyonari by just 0.003 seconds on the second Samsung Honda. Young American rider PJ Jacobsen aboard the second Tyco Suzuki completes row two.

For more information please visit www.britishsuperbike.com

More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:

IMPROVEMENTS FOR MILWAUKEE YAMAHA AT KNOCKHILL The Milwaukee Yamaha team returned to Knockhill today determined to make steps forward following a tough opening day at the Fife circuit in free practice with both James Ellison and Josh Waters making improvements to move them closer to their rivals. Ellison qualified thirteenth on the grid for tomorrow’s opening race but the Brands Hatch race winner and his crew have some changes to make for warm up in their bid to come out fighting in the races tomorrow in Scotland. Waters was unlucky to miss out on Q2 as he returned to the garage he dropped two positions in the final seconds which saw him finish in nineteenth position. Ellison said: “We made some big improvements and that showed if you looked at the times we did today, but we just needed to find that extra tenth to get inside the top ten for Q3. Unfortunately we had the red flag and I went out knowing we had one shot and I made a few mistakes trying too hard and equalled the time I had set already. We can do these times now so now we just need to raise the bar again in the morning; I have my homework for tonight and we will work hard again in warm up to see if we can make some more steps for the races.” Waters said: “I feel it was better today after we made a big change and I went 0.6 seconds faster than yesterday. We thought that would be ok to put us through to the second qualifying session but after the chequered flag I got knocked back two places and that put me out. It was unlucky and now looking at it at the end I should have been out on track pushing to try and get a better time but you can never be sure. I’ll try hard whatever the conditions tomorrow to try and just get more feeling. I think I have some things we have looked at this evening and I will sleep on it which hopefully will make the difference.” For more information visit www.milwaukeeyamaha.com

More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki Press Office:

Josh Brookes was instantly back in the BSB groove today following a fortnight at the Isle of Man TT, taking second place in British Superbike qualifying at Knockhill in Scotland.

The Tyco Suzuki rider narrowly missed-out on pole position by just a100th-of-a-second to title rival Shane Byrne in the third and final qualifying session, but will start tomorrow's opening race at round four from the front row in second place. Tyco Suzuki team-mate PJ Jacobsen also had a productive day on his BSB debut at the Scottish venue, impressively making the final qualifying session, before taking sixth place and a second-row grid spot for tomorrow's opening 30-lap race at 1pm.

Josh Brookes:

"People were quick to say that it would take me a while to get back up to speed on the short circuits after the TT and I sort of resented that. If you can do 10 years of what I've been doing, and then go to the roads and go as quick as I did, then you should be able to turn around and go back to the circuits and be on the pace quick enough - like I have done. "I've done my personal best round here in qualifying and the bike is working well. I've done quite a few quick laps and a couple at the peak time so I'm happy enough with that. The qualifying is more about the front row than pole position, as it's really difficult to pass around here, so we are in a good position to fight it out in race one."

PJ Jacobsen:

"It's really good to get a decent qualifying in; my best so far in British Superbike. I'm just learning the track more-and-more so the more laps I get, the better at this stage. It was also really good to get behind Josh and see what he was doing different than me, so yeah it sets me up well for the opening race tomorrow."

Taylor Mackenzie scored points in today's opening British Supersport race posting 14th place on his GSX-R600 in a shortened 13-lap encounter.

Philip Neill - Team Manager:

"It's good to see Josh getting back into BSB mode so quickly after his TT exploits and his consistency today was impressive. As he says, the front row is an important starting position and sets us up well for race one. I'm also delighted for PJ who arrived here with a successful test at Kirkistown under his belt, which was a confidence-booster after such a long break. He's done well today and the second row will give him an opportunity to run with the faster guys and learn even more in the first race tomorrow.

"The shortened Supersport race didn't give Taylor a good shot at a top 10, but thankfully he will get another run tomorrow over 26 laps."