Knockhill pole delight for Brookes

HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes will lead the field away at Knockhill on Sunday, having taken top spot during the Swan Combi 50 Roll for Pole.

Brookes edged out Leon Camier, the leader of the British Superbike Championship, by 0.297 seconds - his best lap a 48.759 seconds.

It was his maiden BSB pole - and the first of the year for HM Plant - and after crashing in final practice and completing only 9 laps all the more impressive.

“It feels really good to be on pole here and I knew it was always possible and I just never lost the faith despite a difficult start to the season,” Brookes told the official BSB website.

“It feels good to be back at the top and we have a good race set up for tomorrow. It was a whole sequence of events to get that lap; we worked really hard this morning and I chucked it up the road and trashed it.

"We made changes in qualifying one to the suspension just to fine tune it and find the right balance and the best compromise. I just went out there and went for it! I did a couple of good laps then went all out. I strung the whole lap together for the first time, as before I was quick but not in all the sectors so that final lap was pretty hectic for me! I was all over the place, on the curbs, the front was tucking and the back was coming round.

“I am really happy for the whole HM Plant Honda team especially after all their hard work to get me back out there after the crash this morning."

Stuart Easton meanwhile came in third for Hydrex Honda, with 'stand-in' Michael Rutter fourth and Karl Harris, who crashed out at Leslie's late on, fifth.

James Ellison was next up, followed by Motorpoint/Henderson Yamaha duo Chris Walker and Graeme Gowland.

Ian Lowry and Glen Richards rounded out the top ten, although they tangled at Real Radio Hairpin at the start of the third session. Lowry escaped unhurt, while Richards was not so lucky and required medical attention. He was later taken to Queen Margaret hospital in Dunfermline with a suspected broken right femur.

There were also a number of other incidents during qualifying, with Alastair Fagan crashing at Seats Curve, he escaped uninjured, as well as David Haire and Jon Kirkham, both of whom fell at Leslie's. Haire was off in Q1, while Kirkham waited until Q2 for his fall.

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Josh Brookes - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Clive Challinor]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]
James Risopli, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Billy McConnell, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Billy McConnell, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, BSB [Credit: Anvil Hire Yamaha]
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bigwilly - Unregistered

July 05, 2009 2:42 AM

nice work josh, best of luck for the race, must be a tight track though with such quick lap times :-o, i s'pose the front is the place to be if there aren't many places to pass

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