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BSB Oulton Park: Blistering pace puts Byrne on pole

Shane Byrne claims pole position for the second round of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.
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  • Shane Byrne powers to pole position at Oulton Park for Monday's Bank Holiday races
  • Kawasaki rider smashes lap record, as does Brookes and Ellison on the front row
  • Chris Walker does a great job to qualify ninth after fiery FP3 crash


Shane Byrne has taken pole position for the second round of the 2014 MCE British Superbike Championship races at Oulton Park after maintaining his blistering pace from free practice.

Having already smashed the lap record in FP3, Byrne went faster still when it mattered, his 1min 34.557secs lap almost a second under the erstwhile record and three tenths up on his closest rival, Josh Brookes.

"To be honest with you I didn't know what would be possible today in terms of lap times but I am happy to be back on pole. I did a 1m34.9s lap on a used tyre after the first run, so I was hopeful that we had a bit of pace in us for the final session, but it was pretty tight when that time popped up! I think we have done our homework here this weekend and fingers crossed we can have a good result in the races tomorrow."

Alongside Byrne and Brookes, James Ellison defied his injury concerns to score a front row for the GBmoto Kawasaki team, holding off the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki of Stuart Easton and Dan Linfoot, the Quattro Plant rider putting in an impressive effort to qualify in fifth.

Having struggled to get the best from his Milwaukee Yamaha so far this season, Tommy Bridewell was an encouraging sixth best, ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari on the best of the BMW contingent.

Maintaining his impressive pace from free practice, Richard Cooper starts in eighth position on the TAG Kawasaki, ahead of Chris Walker, who remarkably starts ninth just hours after his fiery accident during FP3.

Jakub Smrz completes the top ten, while former Oulton Park race winner John Hopkins could only manage 13th position.


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Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Josh Brookes and Shane Byrne in action at Oulton Park
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