Jason O'Halloran stormed to pole position at Thruxton
Jason O’Halloran dominated the qualifying session at Thruxton to take his third pole position of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season.
The McAMS Yamaha posted a best lap-time of 1:13.942 in the scorching heat to overcome the challenge of Peter Hickman by 0.356s. O’Halloran’s lap-time was just +0.287s off the all-time lap record at Thruxton.
O’Halloran will be the favourite for this afternoon’s race having completed the hat-trick at Thruxton last year. He’s also on a fantastic run of form which has seen the Aussie win five of the last nine races, whilst he finished second in the four races that he didn’t win.
It’s Hickman’s best qualifying result of the year so far, whilst Andrew Irwin also celebrates his best 2022 qualifying performance in third spot. The SYNETIQ BMW rider’s previous best this season was eighth.
Glenn Irwin heads row two for Honda and will start race one alongside Bradley Ray and reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie.
Lee Jackson was the quickest Kawasaki rider in seventh, narrowly getting the better of Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider Kyle Ryde. Luke Mossey completes row three ahead of his first race for the iForce Lloyd & Jones BMW team.
Danny Kent completed the top 10 ahead of Rory Skinner and Ryan Vickers, with both riders getting back in the BSB groove after their respective wildcards MotoGP and WorldSBK respectively.
Tom Sykes (13th), Leon Haslam (14th) and Tommy Bridewell (15th) endured tough sessions and will have plenty of work to do in this afternoon’s race. Chrissy Rouse, Christian Iddon and Ryo Mizuno completed the top 18 after making their way through the Q1 session.
Josh Brookes, the current official lap record holder at Thruxton, failed to make it through Q1 on his MCE Ducati. As a result, the Aussie will start race one from 26th.
Danny Buchan will also start down the grid in 20h after struggling on the SYNETIQ BMW. Newcomer Tito Rabat qualified in 30th (+2.679s).
The opening race of the weekend is due to start at the earlier time of 3:40pm (August 13).