Redding and Brookes to start from front row at Donington

2019 British Superbikes

Round 11 Donington Park Qualifying

Scott Redding will start from pole position for tomorrow’s opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race at Donington Park after edging out his Be Wiser Ducati teammate Josh Brookes in Datatag Qualifying as the pair fight for the advantage in the Showdown.

Scott Redding – P1

“It’s always good to be on pole position. Q3 was quite good; I had to really push quite hard because Q1 and 2 I didn’t feel that great with the bike and the grip. I didn’t want to change too much because I know the base is not bad. Josh was stepping up the pace so I thought inside of me I have got more, so in the Q3 we just made a small little change and I kept working away at the lap time. I thought now I’ve just got to do what I really can do and put it on the line, and to get the pole position lap is obviously really good and sets us up for the races tomorrow.”

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Scott Redding

Josh Brookes – P2

“We’ve done a good job today to take second, but the first two sectors are letting me down a bit Josh Brookesand haven’t had the speed to go with Scott. On the edge of the tyre through the high-speed stuff of Craner Curves, I’m losing a bit of time and not able to attack but through the twisty stuff at the end of the lap, the bike feels mint. We’ve a bit of work still to do with the settings but I think our race pace is good enough to make it two competitive races.”

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Josh Brookes

The final stage of Datatag Qualifying began with Luke Mossey at the top, but it wasn’t long before Be Wiser Ducati’s Brookes had fired himself to the top of the times as the eight-minute session counted down rapidly.

Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray was then on a string of fast laps that saw him climb the order and grab the lead position, but just a moment later Redding had delivered the fastest lap of the weekend so far to claim his fifth qualifying pole position of the season as Brookes surged into second.

Ray completed the front row for tomorrow’s opening race, just ahead of Mossey who had his best qualifying performance of the season for OMG Racing Suzuki in fourth place to head the second row.

Christian Iddon led the Tyco BMW charge to start from the second row in fifth place with Luke Stapleford completing the top six on the second of the Buildbase Suzukis.

Showdown contender Tommy Bridewell was seventh fastest with the Oxford Racing Ducati team, holding off his Title Fighter rival Peter Hickman on the Smiths Racing BMW.

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2019 British Superbikes
Round 11 Donington Park Qualifying

Taylor Mackenzie impressed by claiming a place in Q3 on his debut for Tyco BMW, pushing his Showdown contending brother Tarran Mackenzie into tenth at the end of Q2. It was a tough session for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan, who was the sixth fastest of the Showdown six and will start 13th on the grid for tomorrow’s first race.


Bennetts British Superbikes Combined Qualification

Pos Rider Q1 Q2 Q3
1 Scott REDDING 1m29.448 1m28.847 1m28.403
2 Josh BROOKES 1m29.395 1m29.080 1m28.832
3 Bradley RAY 1m29.852 1m29.274 1m28.945
4 Luke MOSSEY 1m29.962 1m29.348 1m29.068
5 Christian IDDON 1m29.823 1m29.260 1m29.132
6 Luke STAPLEFORD 1m30.134 1m29.343 1m29.259
7 Tommy BRIDEWELL 1m29.767 1m29.178 1m29.299
8 Peter HICKMAN 1m29.627 1m29.349 1m29.329
9 Taylor MACKENZIE 1m30.130 1m29.453 1m29.922
10 Tarran MACKENZIE 1m30.197 1m29.595 /
11 Jason O’HALLORAN 1m30.189 1m29.614 /
12 Dan LINFOOT 1m30.233 1m29.712 /
13 Danny BUCHAN 1m29.846 1m29.733 /
14 Andrew IRWIN 1m30.105 1m29.757 /
15 Xavi FORÉS 1m30.254 1m29.767 /
16 Claudio CORTI 1m30.297 1m29.847 /
17 Alex OLSEN 1m30.269 1m29.851 /
18 Ryan VICKERS 1m30.300 1m29.877 /
19 Joe FRANCIS 1m30.522 / /
20 Dean HARRISON 1m30.800 / /
21 Ben CURRIE 1m30.809 / /
22 Billy McCONNELL 1m30.983 / /
23 Héctor BARBERÁ 1m31.026 / /
24 David ALLINGHAM 1m31.120 / /
25 Shaun WINFIELD 1m31.325 / /
26 James ELLISON 1m31.341 / /
27 Josh OWENS 1m31.547 / /
28 Gino REA 1m31.598 / /
29 Matt TRUELOVE 1m31.629 / /
30 Sam COVENTRY 1m32.707 / /
31 Ashley BEECH 1m34.037 / /

Source: MCNews.com.au

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