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Brookes takes pole for Bank Holiday race day at Oulton Park

Sunday, May 05 2019

Josh Brookes maintained the momentum he'd built up over the weekend to finish fastest in today's Bennetts British Superbike Championship qualifying and claim his place at the front of tomorrow's grid, with Tommy Bridewell and Peter Hickman completing the front row.

2015 champion Brookes dominated the free practice sessions and recorded another lap record in qualifying on his way to the first pole position for the new Ducati V4R.  Brookes thanked the Be Wiser Ducati team, who he joined this season, for giving him a superb bike and said he'd put the disappointing opening weekend at Silverstone behind him.

"Luckily we had a test here a week before the race so we had a fantastic testing day, got great momentum, got a good setting of the bike and come here and refined it a little bit further.

"The team have done a fantastic job, we have been working through a lot of fine tuning stuff - nothing big at the moment because the bike's already in good range so it's nice to be in that zone where you can do some fine tuning and just chip away at little areas and just refine the bike, as opposed to having to make big changes and hoping that works.

"I think we're in a fantastic position, all I can say is that I'm pleased and looking forward to the races tomorrow. I just hope now that I can put this one-lap speed into race-long consistency," he said.

Tomorrow's race day features two headline Bennetts British Superbike Championship races at 1.30pm and 4.30pm plus support from Dickies British Supersport, the Molson Group British Sidecars and more.

There's plenty of off-track entertainment too with an adventure playground, funfair and remote controlled cars to keep the kids amused, plus a rider signing session at 10am at the Bennetts hub near the podium in the paddock and a free pit walk at 11.20am.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Datatag Qualifying result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.084s
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.625s
  3. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.801s
  4. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.856s
  5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.929s
  6. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.938s
  7. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.082s
  8. Keith Farmer (Tyco BMW) +1.143s
  9. Ryan Vickers (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki) +1.259s

Tickets are available on the gate tomorrow, priced £35 for adults, and kids under 13 go FREE! Click here for more details.