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Bennetts BSB Qualifying: Iddon claims pole at Snetterton

Saturday, September 10 2022

Christian Iddon claimed his first pole position of the 2022 Bennetts British Superbike Championship season at Snetterton, mastering the wet and changing conditions to award Suzuki the leading position after Superpicks Qualifying.

It was a disappointing start to qualifying for Jason O'Halloran as the McAMS Yamaha rider was pushed out of the riders progressing into Q2 after the final laps. Likewise, Leon Haslam missed out on a position in Q2 as he has a challenge ahead if he is to qualify for the Showdown.

When Q2 got underway, Danny Kent's bike had a technical problem, leaving oil on circuit that necessitated a red flag and then the session restarted in wet conditions for 12 minutes.

Iddon managed the conditions to set the pace, despite Kyle Ryde edging to within 0.164s of the pole position on his final lap of the session. The Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider holds eighth place in the standings ahead of this afternoon's opening eBay Sprint Race.

Tommy Bridewell completes the front row for the Oxford Products Racing Ducati team; also vying to confirm his position in the Showdown this weekend, he eased Glenn Irwin into fourth to head the second row for Honda Racing UK.

Bradley Ray tipped off towards the end of the session, but the Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha rider qualified fifth ahead of the opening race with Tarran Mackenzie completing the second row on the leading McAMS Yamaha.

Takumi Takahashi had another strong session in seventh place for Honda Racing UK to claim his best start of the season. Tom Sykes completes the second row on the first of the MCE Ducatis despite a crash at Wilson with six minutes remaining.

Peter Hickman will start ninth on the grid alongside Rory Skinner, another rider to crash out in the early stages of the session. Andrew Irwin and Josh Brookes complete the fourth row.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Superpicks Qualifying:

  1. Christian Iddon (Buildbase Suzuki) 2m:06.645s
  2.  Kyle Ryde (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.164s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +0.277s
  4. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +0.918s
  5. Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +1.112s
  6. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +1.900s
  7. Takumi Takahashi (Honda Racing UK) +5.361s
  8. Tom Sykes (MCE Ducati) +5.368s
  9. Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +5.398s
  10. Rory Skinner (Cheshire Mouldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +5.751s

For the full session result please click  here