Byrne grabs Croft pole position

The HM Plant Honda rider shines, where as his team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari fails to crack the top ten in 14th position.
British Superbike Championship leader Shane Byrne has taken pole position for the third round at Croft after staving off the attack from Yamaha riders Michael Laverty and Loris Baz.

The HM Plant Honda rider had played second best to Laverty during the opening two qualifying phases, but came good with his best lap of the day during the shootout to take the top spot by just over a tenth of a second.

Indeed, Laverty had looked on course for pole position after setting a 1min 20.045secs lap during Q2, but while that would have been good enough to beat Byrne in Q3, he couldn't quite replicate that form when it mattered.

Having starred in qualifying at Brands Hatch and Croft, Baz was another to get close to the top spot at Croft, the young Frenchman falling just two tenths shy of claiming a pole position for the Motorpoint Yamaha team.

Michael Rutter put in his best qualifying effort of the season in fourth position aboard the Rapid-Bathams Ducati, albeit six tenths adrift of the battle for pole. It was enough to edge out James Westmoreland on the second Motorpoint Yamaha, the Supersport graduate mirroring his team-mate's pace with an excellent run to fifth on the grid.

Currently second in the standings, Stuart Easton was a fine sixth for MSS Colchester Kawasaki, ahead of the impressive Dan Linfoot, the SMT Honda rider breaking into the top ten for the first time this season.

Tommy Hill starts eighth fastest on the second of the Swan Yamahas, the injured rider disappointed having set the second best time during Q2. Oulton Park winner John Hopkins and the impressive Peter Hickman round out the top ten, though the latter failed to set a time in Q3.

Outside the top ten, Josh Brookes was a disappointing 12th fastest on the Relentless Suzuki, while reigning champion Ryuichi Kiyonari's dismal weekend continued as he could only manage 14th on the grid, behind even Alex Lowes, the WFR Honda man qualifying as the top EVO rider in 13th, despite a spill in Q2.

Jon Kirkham was another high-profile name to miss out on a top ten berth in 16th having missed the morning FP3 session with technical issues.

Related Pictures

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Tommy Hill, Shane Byrne, Ryuichi Kiyonari [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honds [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Shane Byrne, Ryuichi Kiyonari - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Shane Byrne - HM Plant Honda [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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Steve 50cc - Unregistered

May 15, 2011 9:56 AM

Some personnel hatred there me thinks steve. Tommy hill is highly rated by nearly everyone in the paddock, there's just a few on here that don't. Yes hill is aggressive but he is not dangerous as there would be complaints by riders and team managers to stop him riding. The pass he did on Ellison last year was a mistake as he passed kiyo and out broke himself and hit Ellison. The pass he did on shaky at brands was class. And in all fairness he's as good as the riders you mention if not only slightly behind. Just made bad decisions with teams and had bad luck in the past. I know who I want to win bsb 2011

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