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Apr 13, 2013

Heavy Rain At Thruxton Causes British Superbike Final Qualifying To Be Cancelled, Alex Lowes Will Start From Pole

British Superbike Championship: Alex Lowes (22) in action on his Samsung Honda CBR1000RR.
British Superbike Championship
Thruxton Circuit
April 13, 2013
Qualifying Order Based Upon Practice Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:16.412
2. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:16.706
3. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:16.790
4. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:17.014
5. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:17.477
6. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:17.479
7. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), 1:17.527
8. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:17.555
9. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:17.709
10. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:17.776
11. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:17.855
12. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:18.092
13. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:18.182
14. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:18.282
15. Danny Buchan, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:18.308
16. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:18.337
17. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:18.498
18. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:18.562
19. Luke Quigley, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:19.003
20. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:19.184
21. Robbin Harms, Denmark (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:19.211
22. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199R), 1:19.398
23. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:19.786
24. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:21.598
25. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:26.013

Results for other American riders competing at Brands Hatch:

Tommy Aquino qualified 24th out of 55 riders in 1000cc Superstock. Aquino did a 1:20.075 on his WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R, compared to the fastest time of 1:18.547, which was done by David Johnson on his Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Jayson Uribe qualified 20th out of 27 riders in Monster Energy British Motostar. Uribe did a lap of 1:29.669 on his Cresswell Racing Honda compared to the fastest time of 1:23.372, which was recorded by Tarran MacKenzie.

Michael Corbino qualified 27th out of 27 riders in Triumph Triple Challenge. Corbino did a 1:48.077 in the wet single qualifying session. Pole-sitter Freddy Pett did a 1:26.262 in the same session. All competitors ride Triumph Daytona 675Rs in the Triumph Triple Challenge.

Rain affected most of Saturday's sessions at Thruxton Circuit.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:



Grid positions for Thruxton race one (based upon combined free practice times):
1:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 1m:21.626s
2:PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) +0.294s
3:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.378s
4:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.602s
5:Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +1.065s
6:Michael Rutter (Bathams Honda) +1.067s


Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes will start from pole position for the opening race of the second round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Thruxton after the Datatag Extreme Qualifying session was cancelled due to track conditions following heavy rainfall.

The action had been suspended as race officials inspected the Hampshire circuit over an extensive period and MCE BSB Series Race Director Stuart Higgs explained: “Norman Williamson our MCRCB safety delegate and Adrian Johnstone our MCRCB chief steward and I have assessed the circuit. We are not in a position to restart so we have cancelled MCE BSB qualifying and the grid will be formed from the combined result from free practices.”

Lowes said: "It is shame that it is not a real pole position after a qualifying session, but I will settle for it as I was fastest here in both the wet and then the dry sessions so I am well set for the races. This is the right decision made in everyone's interests; this circuit is really fast and these conditions made it unsafe. I just feel bad for the spectators and marshals who have stood out in the pouring rain."

The grid has been decided from combined free practice times. Lowes' fastest lap from the second session puts him on pole position ahead of Tyco Suzuki's PJ Jacobsen as the New Yorker lines up on the front row for the first time at only his second MCE BSB event. Defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Josh Brookes complete the front row of the grid.

Padgetts Honda's Jakub Smrz heads row two on his debut at the Hampshire track with Michael Rutter (Bathams Honda), Josh Waters (Milwaukee Yamaha) and Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) line up on the second row.

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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:


The Milwaukee Yamaha team had a premature end to the day at Thruxton as the qualifying session was cancelled this afternoon at Thruxton due to heavy rain, with the grid for the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race decided on the combined free practice results.

Josh Waters will start from the second row of the grid in seventh whilst James Ellison will be aiming for a flying start in the race as he starts from the fifth row of the grid in seventeenth after his session yesterday afternoon was hampered with a technical problem.

Ellison said: “It was a good call by the organisers as conditions were too dangerous this afternoon but I am gutted that we have to start so far back on the grid due to the issues we had yesterday. We have the pace to run at the front for sure, but we haven't seemed to have the luck we need these last two rounds. We just have to get our heads down tomorrow in the race and get the Milwaukee Yamaha back at the sharp end.”

Waters said: “A second row start isn’t too bad as I can hopefully get in and follow the lead group in the races tomorrow. We made some changes so we will see what the weather does in the morning; there are certain sections where I know I need to work at a bit more in warm up so we can see where we are at tomorrow. Hopefully we can have two strong races for Milwaukee Yamaha.”

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More, from a press release issued by Mar-Train Racing:


It was a bittersweet day at Thruxton for Northern Ireland based British Supersport team Mar-Train Racing. Having taken a convincing pole position spot with Scottish rider Stuart Easton – who also set a new class lap record for the Hampshire circuit in the process – the Yamaha backed team then had the disappointment of having today’s 12-lap sprint race postponed due to weather conditions.

Thankfully for Mar-Train, tomorrow’s race programme will accommodate the sprint race and the second 18-lap encounter, allowing Easton to maximize his chances from that all-important pole position grid placing.

Stuart Easton:
“I really enjoyed it out there today and can’t quite believe how superior the Mar-Train Racing Yamaha R6 package is around here. If I’m honest I’m also a bit surprised that we went almost a full second under the lap record, and with more time I believe I could have gone even quicker. I’m looking forward to both races tomorrow now as we have a good set up for both the wet and dry.”

Glenn Irwin:
“I’m probably a little bit disappointed with qualifying as I didn’t get the best out of my second tyre. I went for a ‘zero’ instead of a ‘one’, which was the wrong call, but I’ve still qualified on the second row which is a target achieved. Like Stuart I’m so glad we are still getting two races this weekend as with the strength of the Mar-Train Racing package it would have been disappointing to lose out.”

Tim Martin – Team Principal:
“I’m really pleased with how things are going this weekend on both sides of the garage. For Stuart to smash the lap record in his first dry session on a new bike here at Thruxton is very encouraging for everyone in the team. Glenn also did a fantastic job today, putting his machine on the second row. He is in amongst the main group, which is where he needs to be tomorrow. Confidence is high in the camp and regardless of conditions I think we are in good shape.”

Pole: Stuart Easton [Mar-Train Racing] 1:16.046; 2nd – Glen Richards [Triumph] +0.414sec; 3rd – Alastair Seeley [Kawasaki] +0.419sec; 4th – Billy McConnell [Triumph] +0.769sec; 5th – Ben Wilson [Kawasaki] +0.821sec; 6th – Jason O’Halloran [Honda] +1.173sec; 7th – Glenn Irwin [Mar-Train Racing] +1.282sec