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Brookes leads the pack into Datatag Qualifying despite crash

Saturday, August 22 2015

MCE British Superbike Championship leader Josh Brookes put the pressure on his title rivals in the final free practice session at Cadwell Park to hold the advantage at the top of the times ahead of this afternoon's Datatag Qualifying. The Milwaukee Yamaha rider tipped off at the Chicane in the final minutes of the session unhurt.

Danny Buchan continued his run of form at the event by leading the early stages of the session for Be Wiser Kawasaki, before Brookes reclaimed his position at the top of the times. Rookie Buchan still held on to second position despite the closing attempts from Tommy Bridewell on the leading Tyco BMW.

Luke Mossey also showed big improvement for the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team as he climbed to fourth fastest on the timesheets, running at the sharp end to stay ahead of Billy McConnell on the Smiths Racing BMW before he crashed out at the Chicane unhurt at the end of the session.

The session was red flagged when Dan Linfoot suffered a technical problem and when the action resumed an eager Richard Cooper moved up to sixth place for the Buildbase BMW team as he gets to grips on his debut weekend with the team.

The session meanwhile was a disaster for Ryuichi Kiyonari who crashed out unhurt at Park in the opening 15 minutes and the Japanese contender was forced to watch the majority of the session from the sidelines as the Buildbase BMW team worked to fix the damage. He was able to return to the track in the closing stages but then suffered a technical problem to end the session.

Christian Iddon held seventh place for the Bennetts Suzuki team whilst John Hopkins and the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati improved to eighth position. Martin Jessopp and Peter Hickman completed the top ten despite the RAF Reserves BMW rider crashing out unhurt at Chris Curve in the final minutes.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, Free Practice three:

  1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 1m:26.966s
  2. Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +0.015s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +0.196s
  4. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.245s
  5. Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.465s
  6. Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +0.527s
  7. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.591s
  8. John Hopkins (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.624s
  9. Martin Jessopp (RidersMotorcycles BMW) +0.708s
  10. Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +0.785s

Tickets for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park on 21-23 August are available for £10 on Friday, £14 on Saturday and £32 on Sunday. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.