Jason O’Halloran took pole position in qualifying for round three of the 2022 British Superbike Championship, and he will head a slightly depleted grid in race one later today.
The depleted field is due to a crash for Danny Kent at the end of FP3, after which he was diagnosed with concussion and sent to hospital.
When qualifying eventually got underway around Saturday lunch time, Josh Brookes showed his personal fastest speed of the weekend to go sub-1:06 in Q1, topping the first session ahead of his PBM Ducati teammate, Tom Sykes. Ryan Vickers, Storm Stacey, returning reigning champion Tarran Mackenzie, and Chrissy Rouse also advanced from Q1 to Q2, while a big crash for Luke Mossey at the end of the first session has left the TAG Racing Honda team with a lot of work to do ahead of race one.
Brookes was unable to repeat his 1:05 of Q1 in Q2, which really cost him. The Australian will start from 15th, but his compatriot, Jason O’Halloran, will start from pole position for the first time in 2022, and indicates a return to form for the #22.
The OMG Racing Yamahas who dominated Friday will join O’Halloran on the front row, with Bradley Ray in second place, and Kyle Ryde third; While Rory Skinner will head row two ahead of his teammate, Oulton Park race three winner Lee Jackson, and Peter Hickman who will start sixth.
Tom Sykes was on the front row briefly in Q2. His strength of him at Donington in WorldSBK was in the final sector, with the stop-start Melbourne Loop section, which is of course missing from the National layout that BSB are using this weekend. Nonetheless, he went sub-1:06 himself in Q2, which put him seventh on the grid for race one, and he will be joined by Tarran Mackenzie and Glenn Irwin on the third row.
Ryan Vickers completed the qualifying top 10, and will start from the front of the fourth row, where he will be alongside Leon Haslam and Storm Stacey.
A crash for Andrew Irwin meant he was unable to set a competitive lap time in Q2, and will start from 18th.
Full BSB qualifying results from Donington National below.
2022 British Superbike Championship (BSB) | Donington National | Qualifying Results
|2022 British Superbike Championship (BSB) | Donington National | Qualifying Results | Round 3 / 12|
|Rider||Nat.||BSB Team||Motorcycle||lap time|
|one||Jason O’Halloran||AUS||McAMS Yamaha||yamaha-r1||1:05,289|
|two||Bradley Ray||GBR||RICH OMG Racing||yamaha-r1||1:05,293|
|3||Kyle Ryde||GBR||RICH OMG Racing||yamaha-r1||1:05,542|
|4||Rory Skinner||GBR||FS-3Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:05,615|
|5||lee jackson||GBR||FS-3Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:05,619|
|6||peter hickman||GBR||FHO Racing||BMW M1000RR||1:05,719|
|7||Tom Sykes||GBR||MCE Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:05,720|
|8||Tarran Mackenzie||GBR||McAMS Yamaha||yamaha-r1||1:05,769|
|9||Glenn Irwin||GBR||honda-racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1:05,827|
|10||Ryan Vickers||GBR||FHO Racing||BMW M1000RR||1:05,859|
|eleven||Leon Haslam||GBR||Lee Hardy Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:05,897|
|12||Storm Stacy||GBR||Team LKQ Euro Car Parts||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:05,975|
|13||Danny Buchan||GBR||Synetiq BMW Motorrad||BMW M1000RR||1:06,148|
|14||Christian Idon||GBR||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||1:06,165|
|fifteen||Tommy Bridewell||GBR||Oxford Products Racing||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:06,175|
|16||Josh Brookes||AUS||MCE Ducati||Ducati Panigale V4R||1:06,243|
|17||Chrissy Rose||GBR||Crowe Performance||BMW M1000RR||1:06,263|
|18||Andrew Irwin||GBR||Synetiq BMW Motorrad||BMW M1000RR||1:08,259|
|19||Ryō Mizuno||JPN||honda-racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1:06,500|
|twenty||Luke Mossey||GBR||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1:06,550|
|twenty-one||Dan Linfoot||GBR||BMW iForce||BMW M1000RR||1:06,646|
|22||Tom Neave||GBR||honda-racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1:06,771|
|23||Josh Owens||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:06,906|
|24||Takumi Takahashi||JPN||honda-racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1:06,998|
|25||Leon Jeacock||GBR||Specsavers Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||1:07,057|
|26||Luke Hopkins||GBR||Black Onyx Security||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1:07,711|
|27||Liam Delves||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:08,162|
|28||dan jones||GBR||BMW iForce||BMW M1000RR||1:08,295|
|29||James East||GBR||NP Motorcycles Kawasaki||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1:10,067|
|DNQ||Danny Kent||GBR||Buildbase Suzuki||Suzuki GSX-R1000R||no time set|