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TT Circuit Assen: Byrne eases away with lap record pole

Shane Byrne has blitzed his MCE British Superbike rivals with a phenomenal pole position lap time to set a new record at Assen.
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Shane Byrne has blitzed his MCE British Superbike rivals with a phenomenal pole position lap time to set a new record at Assen.

The current BSB championship leader set a useful benchmark on his opening flyer before easing off to give himself space in the Q3 session, which was forced by the threat of rain that ruled out the Superpole format, to set a BSB lap record with a 1m 35.724s – a time which would have put him second on the grid when World Superbikes visited the Dutch track in April.

With a blistering lap to beat, James Ellison acted as Byrne's closest rival but was a considerable 0.589s off the four-time BSB champion.

Ellison's JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam has completed the front row trio a fraction off but held on to third by just 0.003s from Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Luke Mossey.

Honda's Jason O'Halloran rose to fifth with his final flyer after his team-mate Dan Linfoot crashed out midway through Q3. Richard Cooper placed his Buildbase BMW seventh on the grid to act as the highest non-Showdown rider – with all six Showdown competitors taking up the front two rows.

ePayMe Yamaha's Broc Parkes made a positive return from Endurance World Championship duty with eighth on the grid as Christian Iddon had to settle for ninth after tipping off early in the pole shootout.
by Haydn Cobb



Related Pictures

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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
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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