Snetterton 300: Byrne bags pole as Superpole debuts at Snetterton

Shane Byrne has blown away the competition on the debut of the Superpole qualifying format in BSB by taking pole position by over half a second.
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Shane Byrne has blown away the competition on the debut of the Superpole qualifying format in the MCE British Superbike championship by taking pole position by over half a second from championship leader Leon Haslam.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider was the last of the nine runners for the Superpole shootout having topped Q2 and waited for his rivals to set the benchmark to beat. After Peter Hickman set the early pace he was trumped by JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate Haslam with a 1m 48.358s.

With neither of Honda Racing's Jason O'Halloran or Dan Linfoot bettering Haslam's time setting their laps after the Derbyshire rider it came down to the top two in the BSB standings for pole at Snetterton.

Byrne duly produced a flawless lap to take pole by over half a second with a blistering 1m 47.795s.

The top two have been joined by Linfoot on the front row as Friday practice topper O'Halloran was shuffled on to the front of the second row, just ahead of Hickman and Danny Buchan.

ePayMe Yamaha's Broc Parkes continued to impress on his BSB comeback as stand-in for the injured John Hopkins and starts from seventh ahead of Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon and Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper who completed the Superpole contenders.

Earlier in qualifying it was heartbreak for third-fastest from free practice Luke Mossey before Q1 really began after a low-sided out at Oggies, while Ryuichi Kiyonari was also a noticeable casualty in the opening session.

In Q2 Michael Laverty suffered a frustrating off at the slow-speed Agostini corner which effectively ruled him out of the running as the pace crept up with Byrne setting the fastest lap of the weekend with a 1m 48.156s.

As Superpole commenced Hickman acted as provisional pole sitter from the opening riders as each of the top nine took their turn for a single flying lap.

Haslam displaced his JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate for provisional pole as the fourth to last rider to go but he was powerless to prevent four-time BSB champion Byrne from powering to a second consecutive pole position.
by Haydn Cobb

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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, BSB [Credit:]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
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]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [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]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [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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July 09, 2016 9:45 PM

Yossarian: Hopefully it's good trackside but on TV the new format doesn't add much.
Have to agree, utterly dull watching it on TV, some people like that sort of thing to watch 1 rider for a whole lap but it's totally devoid of any excitement. Can't imagine being there is that good either, where you used to see maybe 20 or 30 quick laps between 9 riders in Q3, you're now only seeing a total of 9 laps.

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