Scott Redding takes Snetterton pole | Brookesy P4

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Six – Snetterton

Scott Redding celebrated landing his second pole position of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship season at Snetterton on Saturday afternoon by 0.109s from Tarran Mackenzie, with a last lap dash to the chequered flag in a hectic final stage of Datatag Qualifying.

Be Wiser Ducati’s Redding had topped the free practice times, but it wasn’t a perfect final stage of Datatag Qualifying when the red flag was brought out in the opening minutes after Peter Hickman crashed at Murrays. The Smiths Racing BMW rider was unhurt, but his stricken Smiths Racing BMW was in the middle of the track and so the session was briefly stopped.

When the session resumed the nine riders in the fight for pole position had less than four minutes remaining of the final stage of Datatag Qualifying, but Redding kept his composure to claim the top spot, but only just, as Mackenzie improved on his final lap.

Scott Redding

“I’m over the moon to land on my feet and take pole position here today. It’s been great but the track conditions were changing a lot. I wanted to get into the 46s, which I dialled in on the lap that got red flagged. I was a bit frustrated when I first saw the red flag. It’s a bit like when you hurt yourself and you swear right after – the same thing happens in the helmet! I was a little bit frustrated to not get a 46s lap, but it is what it is and I can’t cry about it. With that red flag the race control did a great job, they did what they had to do for our safety. I feel like we did a good job though – the wind had picked up and the track was a little dirty after the rain we had earlier, so I had to adjust my riding style a little bit. I’m just so pleased with that and to get pole. I’ve never raced here and I’ve topped every session so I just need to get some wins tomorrow now!”

Mackenzie held second as he continued his impressive pace on the McAMS Yamaha, but by contrast his team-mate Jason O’Halloran had a qualifying session to forget with two separate crashes at Agostini and he will start from row seven tomorrow.

BSB Snetterton QP Tarran Mackenzie
Tarran Mackenzie

Tommy Bridewell had made improvements throughout the session to set his fastest lap of the weekend; he completes the front row for tomorrow’s opening race in Norfolk. The Oxford Racing Ducati rider had managed to hold off Josh Brookes by 0.105s.

BSB Snetterton QP Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell

Dan Linfoot equalled his best qualifying performance of the season so far for Santander Salt TAG Yamaha with the fifth quickest time.

Xavi Forés was again in Q3 on his first visit to Snetterton, leading the Honda Racing charge in sixth ahead of Danny Buchan who split the Fireblades with Andrew Irwin eighth fastest.

Peter Hickman starts from ninth on the grid ahead of Bradley Ray and Luke Stapleford.

2019 BSB – Round Six – Snetterton – Qualifying Results
1 Scott REDDING Ducati  1m48.145 1m47.183 1m47.323
2 Tarran MACKENZIE Yamaha  1m48.252 1m47.328 1m47.432
3 Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati  1m48.584 1m47.974 1m47.730
4 Josh BROOKES Ducati  1m48.203 1m47.645 1m47.835
5 Dan LINFOOT Yamaha 1m49.117 1m48.410 1m48.596
6 Xavi FORÉS Honda  1m49.409 1m48.546 1m48.752
7 Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki  1m48.721 1m48.558 1m48.828
8 Andrew IRWIN Honda 1m48.575 1m48.506 1m49.445
9 Peter HICKMAN BMW  1m49.098 1m48.163 /
10 Bradley RAY Suzuki 1m49.673 1m48.601 /
11 Luke STAPLEFORD Suzuki 1m49.538 1m48.818 /
12 Luke MOSSEY Suzuki 1m48.955 1m48.832 /
13 Michael LAVERTY BMW  1m49.388 1m48.881 /
14 Héctor BARBERÁ Kawasaki  1m49.655 1m48.885 /
15 Christian IDDON BMW  1m49.175 1m49.173 /
16 Josh ELLIOTT Suzuki 1m49.378 1m49.249 /
17 Joe FRANCIS BMW  1m49.723 1m49.639 /
18 Ben CURRIE Kawasaki 1m49.428 1m49.739 /
19 James ELLISON BMW  1m49.818 / /
20 Ryan VICKERS Kawasaki 1m49.864 / /
21 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha 1m49.971 / /
22 Claudio CORTI Kawasaki  1m50.308 / /
23 Matt TRUELOVE Yamaha 1m50.522 / /
24 David ALLINGHAM Yamaha  1m50.655 / /
25 Dean HARRISON Kawasaki  1m51.130 / /
26 Shaun WINFIELD Yamaha  1m51.223 / /
27 Sam COVENTRY Kawasaki 1m52.102 / /
28 Fraser ROGERS Kawasaki 1m52.262 / /
29 Danny KENT MV Agusta 1m52.852 / /
30 Dean HIPWELL Kawasaki  1m53.063 / /


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