2022 british superbike thruxton- qualifying results

Results from qualifying for round six of the 2022 Bennetts Superbike Championship at Thruxton.

Jason O’Halloran produced a sub 1m 14s lap to claim pole position at Thruxton, round six of the championship.

As the season hit the halfway point it was O’Halloran who performed best in the heat to put his Yamaha on pole in the sticky, tricky conditions.

The McAMS Yamaha performed well despite the heatwave and allowed a well time run by the Australian to produce a best of 1m 13.942, one of the fastest ever laps of Thruxton and under the official lap record.

The session slowed towards the end with the extreme temperatures putting a stop to the fquick runs from earlier in the session.

With a hat-trick of wins under his belt at Thruxton last season, Jason O’Halloran arrived with great form at the circuit and had continued that promise by topping free practice ahead of qualifying. The ‘O Show’ is also the current championship leader, taking over at the top by ten points after the Brands Hatch races.

 

     

          British Superbikes Qualifying – Thruxton    
    Pos Rider Nat Team Time  
    1 Jason O’Halloran AUS McAMS Yamaha 1m 13.942s  
    2 Peter Hickman GBR FHO Racing BMW +0.356s  
    3 Andrew Irwin GBR SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad +0.462s  
    4 Glenn Irwin GBR Honda Racing UK +0.519s  
    5 Bradley Ray GBR RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha +0.532s  
    6 Tarran Mackenzie GBR McAMS Yamaha +0.568s  
    7 Lee Jackson GBR FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +0.750s  
    8 Kyle Ryde GBR RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha +0.763s  
    9 Luke Mossey GBR IForce Lloyd & Jones BMW +0.890s  
    10 Danny Kent GBR Buildbase Suzuki +0.904s  
    11 Rory Skinner GBR FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +0.928s  
    12 Ryan Vickers GBR FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports +0.939s  
    13 Tom Sykes GBR MCE Ducati +0.950s  
    14 Leon Haslam GBR Visiontrack Kawasaki +1.056s  
    15 Tommy Bridewell GBR Oxford Products Racing Ducati +1.128s  
    16 Chrissy Rouse GBR Crowe Performance BMW +1.139s  
    17 Christian Iddon GBR Buildbase Suzuki +1.361s  
    18 Ryo Mizuno JAP Honda Racing UK +1.769s  
        Q1      
    19 Storm Stacey GBR Team LKQ Euro Parts Kawasaki 1m15.480s  
    20 Danny Buchan GBR SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad 1m15.531a  
    21 Leon Jeacock GBR Specsavers Suzuki 1m15.639s  
    22 Dan Jones GBR Iforce Lloyd & Jones BMW 1m15.841s  
    23 Dean Harrison GBR DAO Racing Kawasaki 1m15.878s  
    24 Takumi Takahashi JAP Honda Racing UK 1m15.939s  
    25 Liam Delves GBR Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki 1m16.113s  
    26 Josh Brookes AUS MCE Ducati 1m16.150s  
    27 Tom Neave GBR Honda Racing UK 1m16.180s  
    28 Josh Owens GBR Rapid CDH Racing Kawasaki 1m16.254s  
    29 James East GBR Kawasaki – NP Racing 1m16.556s  
    30 Tito Rabat SPA TAG Racing Honda 1m17.285s  
    31 Luke Hopkins GBR Black Onyx Security Honda 1m17.483s
     
       
       

     

    Peter Hickman bucked the trend and put all of his effort into one late run which saw him leap his FHO Racing BMW straight into second with just four minutes of the session remaining at the time.

    Ill Irwin impresses with third on the grid

    Andrew Irwin battled illness, the track and himself to claim the final front row spot for SYNETIQ BMW Mottorad.

    Irwin came through Q1 with the top time. Sitting at the top of the timesheets in the pits the #18 was looking to have setteled for that time as his Q2 progressor, when he had his lap cancelled and needed to return to track. Rattled, Irwin channelled that energy into a 1m14.606s to progress, just under the old lap record. 

    Continuing that form and pace into the second half of qualifying, Irwin sped his way to the third best time despite having stomach issues causing him to require frequent toilet visits.

    His brother Glenn Irwin was close behind on the timesheets in fourth as top Honda.

    Bradley Ray was the best of the Rich Energy OMG riders in fifth, only just quicker than reigning champion and fellow Yamaha rider Tarran Mackenzie who set the sixth best lap.

    Lee Jackson was consistent and reliable again for Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki in seventh as the manufacturers top qualifier.

    Kyle Ryde made up some places just before improvements halted to climb to seventh but was bettered seconds later by Jackson, dropping him to eighth on the second Rich Energy OMG Yamaha.

    Luke Mossey, now on the iForce BMW after his shuffle with Tito rabat looked reinvigourated after his move and came through Q1, also briefly held seventh on his way to ninth on the grid.

    Danny Kent is now back to full fitness and arrived with good memories of Thruxton, having taken his first BSB podium at the track last season. The former Moto3 champion found enough one lap speed to complete the top ten.

    Elsewhere, Rory Skinner (cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) had his first Moto2 wildcard race last weekend, in a busy August for the Scottish rider. With an impressive 21st place finish at Silverstone under his belt he needed to readjust and used his Q1 spell to get back in the groove on his way to eleventh.

    Tommy Bridewell is a true local to the Thruxton track but has always found it to be somewhat of a bogey track for him – today was no different as he finished qualifying 15th for Oxford Products Ducati.

    Ahead of him on track are Tom Sykes, who struggled to 13th for MCE Ducati after a much stronger opening day, and Leon Haslam, fresh from a successful Suzuka 8 hours, where he was part of the second placed outfit, in 14th for VisionTrack Suzuki.

    BSB Thruxton Lap Record – Josh Brookes – Ducati – 1m 14.655s (2019)

    2021 at Thruxton

    Qualifying:

    1. Jason O’Halloran

    2. Glenn Irwin

    3. Ryan Vickers

    Race One (Sprint): Jason O’Halloran

    Race Two: Jason O’Halloran

    Race Three: Jason O’Halloran

    Round Six Results (Brands Hatch)

    Qualifying:

    1. Jason O’Halloran

    2. Tarran Mackenzie

    3. Bradley Ray

    Race One (Sprint):Jason O’Halloran

    Race Two: Tarran Mackenzie

    Race Three: Tarran Mackenzie

     

    Tito Rabat makes British Superbike debut.

    2022 british superbike thruxton- qualifying results

     

    Tito Rabat was announced between rounds as TAG Honda’s replacement for Luke Mossey, who moves in turn to iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW to replace Dan Linfoot who did not finish the Brands Hatch weekend after his dearture.

    The 2014 Moto2 champion has already cut seconds off his time in the practice sessions as he gets to grips with the competitive BSB championship, new machinery and a new track.

    His qualifying debut saw him finish 18th in Q1 for 30th on the grid , 2.679s off the fastes lap in that session after Scott Redding, former British Superbike champion who he knows well from his Moto2 days, showed him around the track on a pushbike and in a car trip.

    What else happened in Q1?

     

    Official lap record holder Josh Brookes had looked to make steps forward last round, but was again unable to make it to Q2, a crestfallen Brookes looked unable to find an answer with his team in the pits after only managing the 14th best time in Q1 for 26th on the grid.

    Danny Buchan, who slipped out of the showdown places in the last race, also did not progress in 8th in Q1 (20th).

    Josh Owens started his race weekend with a bike issue in the first qualifying session and did not set a lap until the closing minutes, where he moved up to 16th, 28th overall.

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