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Cadwell Park: Haslam fends off Byrne for Cadwell Park pole

Leon Haslam has produced a blistering lap to hold off Shane Byrne to take pole position at Cadwell Park and becomes the first rider to officially duck into the 1m 25s bracket
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Leon Haslam has produced a blistering lap to hold off Shane Byrne to take pole position at Cadwell Park and becomes the first rider to officially duck into the 1m 25s bracket.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was locked into a three-way battle for pole with MCE British Superbike championship leader Byrne and Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper, who set the initial benchmark with a 1m 26.162s.

Haslam's opening flyer left him just three-thousandths of a second off of Cooper's provisional pole time while Byrne held station on the front row one-tenth behind.

With all the riders getting second blasts with the time ticking down – the Superpole format not being used for Cadwell Park – the current lap record holder produced a blitzing time of 1m 25.923s to enable Haslam to take the honour of setting the first official lap under the 1m 26s mark.

It marks Haslam's and JG Speedfit Kawasaki's first pole position since round two at Oulton Park and the title contender's third pole of the season.

Byrne's best lap saw him move narrowly ahead of Cooper to take second place and shift the Buildbase BMW back to the last spot on the front row.

Cooper's team-mate Lee Jackson was also bumped back a place and denied a maiden front row start by the Be Wiser Ducati rider's improvement and will start race one from fourth, ahead of Honda Racing's Jason O'Halloran and Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Luke Mossey.

Bennetts Suzuki's Tommy Bridewell heads the third row in front of the second JG Speedfit Kawasaki James Ellison as Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot rounded out the top nine.

Local rider Peter Hickman will head the fourth row after missing out on the pole shootout by just 0.069s in Q2 but puts his JG Speedfit Kawasaki ahead of Glenn Irwin and Jake Dixon.

It was a tricky qualifying for the Tyco BMW duo of Michael Laverty, who missed the final few mins of the intermediate session with a technical issue, while Christian Iddon crashed out to see him stranded in 14th.
by Haydn Cobb



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