Donington Park BSB: Timely maiden BSB pole for Westmoreland, BMW

James Westmoreland scores his and BMW's first MCE British Superbike pole position at Donington Park to boost his hopes of reaching the Title Showdown.
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James Westmoreland has given his hopes of beating team-mate Jon Kirkham to the sixth and final British Superbike Title Showdown spot a major boost by claiming his maiden pole position at Donington Park.

Westmoreland is currently embroiled in an intense fight for a place in the Showdown, the Buildbase BMW rider just five points behind his team-mate Kirkham with only two races left to decide the six riders that will progress to the upcoming three-round shootout.

With this in mind, Westmoreland came out fighting in qualifying at Donington Park, making it into SP3 as only the fifth fastest qualifier before unleashing an outstanding lap record of 1min 29.726secs when it mattered.

The first qualified pole position for BMW in the British Superbike series too, Westmoreland was one of just two riders to crack 1min 30secs, with Cadwell Park double winner Alex Lowes a comfortable two tenths behind on the Samsung Honda.

Though not confirmed in the Title Showdown as yet, James Ellison – who scored his maiden BSB win at Donington Park in 2009 – needs just a handful of points to confirm the inevitable and is well positioned on the front row in third.

Shane Byrne and Josh Brookes get underway from fourth and fifth respectively, while Tommy Bridewell – who suffered a fall at Goddards - and Chris Walker will start sixth and seventh in their quest to overhaul Kirkham ahead.

PJ Jacobsen starts eighth on the second of the Tyco Suzukis, with Kirkham facing an uphill struggle to contain his rapid team-mate from ninth position on the grid. Jakub Smrz rounds out the top ten on the Padgetts Honda.

Like Ellison, Ryuichi Kiyonari needs just a few points to firm his place in the Title Showdown, though the former champion did his cause little good by qualifying a relatively lowly 12th, behind Josh Waters.

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James Westmoreland Buildbase BMW Motorrad
Christian Iddon, Halsall Suzuki, BSB test day [Credit: Halsall Suzuki]
Lee Jackson, Buildbase BMW, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jenny Timouth, Honda Racing, BSB test day [Credit Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Buildbase BMW, BSB Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing, BSB, Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing, BSB, Donington test [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne (GBR) PBM Kawasaki, Almeria [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
David Johnson, MotoDex BMW, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Tyco BMW, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Stuart Easton, PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty (GBR), Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Yamaha R1, BSB test day [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison (GBR), JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ian Hutchinson (GBR), PBM Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Ryuichi Kiyonari and Lee Jackson, Buildbase BMW [Credit: British Superbike]
Pirelli, British Superbike, [Credit: Holeshot PR]

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