Qualifying was the Luke Mossey show as the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider topped all three sessions ahead of tomorrow’s races around the Brands hatch Indy circuit to take his first ever pole position in the British Superbike Championship.
The young man from Essex showed his rivals the way taking it to the title contenders with a superbly executed qualifying session with the top nine riders split by just 0.5seconds. James Ellison finished just behind him in second spot on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki whilst Shane Byrne rounded out the front row on his BeWiser Ducati.
It all began though in a hectic first session that was interrupted by a few off track excursions. James Rispoli and Jack Kennedy fell bringing two temporary halts to proceedings, the Anvil Tag Yamaha rider falling at Clearways which left the American rider needing treatment in the medical centre whilst Kennedy tumbled from his machine at Graham Hill bend but he was just a little shaken and could be seen limping away from the scene.
As Q1 came to a close, it was the Quatro Plant Kawasaki of Luke Mossey leading the way with the Buildbase BMW of Richard Cooper 2nd and James Ellision on his JG Speedfit Kawasaki.
In Q2 Mossey continued to set the pace but into second spot came the ePayMe Tommy Hill Motorsport Yamaha of John Hopkins who looked like he’d got to grips with a chatter problem that had led to his struggles earlier in the weekend. Ellison maintained third spot going into the final Q3 shootout for pole position. But like the first session, Graham Hill bend accounted for another rider as Honda’s Jason O Halloran went down on the left hander but thankfully he got up relatively unharmed. Unfortunately though, Jack Kennedy wasn’t able to get back out for Q2 due to his injuries picked up in the first session at the same corner but thankfully he should be able to compete on Sunday.
As the chequered flag went out for the end of the second session, missing out on the battle for P1 were some big names as Peter Hickman, Christian Iddon, Danny Buchan and Dan Linfoot all finished lower than the required 9th spot to get into the final shootout for pole.
Ellison quickly put in the fastest lap as Q3 started from the Bennetts Suzuki of Tommy Bridewell and the Buildbase BMW of Cooper with Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty getting stronger as the clock ticked down. Honda Racing did superbly to manage to get Jason O Halloran back out on track following his earlier off, but he didn’t really have enough time to put in a quicker lap and finished in 9th spot.
All the while Mossey kept plugging away and he raced to pole position ahead of Ellison in second and Byrne who came home third fastest to make up the front row for race one tomorrow.
1. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.275s
2. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.303s
3. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 45.389s
4. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR 45.414s
5. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR 45.496s
6. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 45.603s
7. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 45.656s
8. John Hopkins USA ePayMe Yamaha YZF-R1 45.757s
9. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR 45.838s