2022 British Superbike Donington Park – Qualifying Results | British superbikes

Jason O’Halloran will start the first race at Doninton Park from pole after dominating qualifying with a blistering pace.

O’Halloran arrived in fine form, having dominated the morning session and followed that up with the fastest lap ever on the national circuit.

2022 Donington Park British Superbike – Qualifying Results
Pos Rider Nat Team Weather
1 Jason O’Halloran AU Yamaha McAMS 1m 05.289s
2 Bradley Ray UK RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha +0.004s
3 Kyle Ryde UK RICH Energy OMG Racing Yamaha +0.253s
4 Rory Skinner UK FS-3 Race Kawasaki +0.326s
5 Lee Jackson UK FS-3 Race Kawasaki +0.330s
6 Peter Hickman UK BMW racing FHO +0.430s
7 Tom Sykes UK MCE Ducati +0.431s
8 Tarran Mackenzie UK Yamaha McAMS +0.480s
9 Glenn Irwin UK Honda Racing United Kingdom +0.538s
ten Ryan Vickers UK FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports +0.570s
11 Leon Haslam UK Visiontrack Kawasaki +0.608s
12 Storm Stacey UK LKQ Euro Parts Kawasaki Team +0.686s
13 Danny Buchan UK SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad +0.859s
14 Christian Idon UK Suzuki Building Base +0.876s
15 Tommy Bridewell UK Oxford Products Racing Ducati +0.886s
16 Josh Brooke AU MCE Ducati +0.954s
17 Chrissy Rouss UK Crowe Performance BMW +0.974s
18 Andrew Irvin UK SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad +2.980s
Q1
19 Ryo Mizuno JAP Honda Racing United Kingdom 1m 06.500s
20 Luc Mossey UK TAG Racing Honda 1m 06.550s
21 Dan Linfoot UK iForce BMW 1m.06.646s
22 Tom Neave UK Honda Racing United Kingdom 1m 06.771s
23 Josh Owens UK CDH Race Kawasaki 1m 06.906s
24 Takumi Takahashi JAP Honda Racing United Kingdom 1m 06.998s
25 Leon Jeacock UK Suzuki Specifications 1m 07.057s
26 Luke Hopkins UK Honda Black Onyx Safety 1m 07.711s
27 Liam Delves UK CDH Race Kawasaki 1m 08.162s
28 Dan Jones UK I force BMW 1m 08.295s
29 East James UK Kawasaki – NP Racing 1m 10.067s
30 Danny Kent UK Suzuki Building Base DNS

The McAMS Yamaha rider brought the team back to the top of the timesheets with a breathtaking lap of 1m 05.289s

It is the first pole of the season for the Austrailan and was set midway through the session with little progress to be found as the clock ticked down.

The No.22 enjoyed success last season when he won the first race on the Championship’s maiden trip to Donington Park, leaving him well placed to repeat the feat.

Championship leader Bradley Ray had set a new fastest lap of the home track in free practice and was the first to improve on it in qualifying, sitting on provisional pole until O’Halloran found something something more.

A final race to try and improve saw a huge slide for rider Rich Energy OMG Yamaha, forcing him to settle for second and just 0.004s short of the best lap.

Yamaha took advantage of a front row lockout with Ray’s teammate Kyle Ryde wasting his time to climb to third, showing no strain from his arm pump operation between the heats.

Rory Skinner was one of the few to improve, climbing to the fourth fastest time for Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Kawasaki.

His teammate Lee Jackson, fresh off a maiden win at Oulton Park, got nearly even performance from his Kawasaki to finish fifth on the grid.

When the checkered flag came out, Peter Hickman found enough to move from eighth to sixth, leading BMW – FHO Racing.

It was incredibly close for this position with Tom Sykes just a thousandth behind in seventh on the Synetiq BMW Motorrad machine as the best driver to advance from Q1.

Tarran Mackenzie returns

Reigning British Superbike champion Tarran Mackenzie made his first qualifying appearance of the season as Yamaha McAMS rider began a late title defense.

It will be a tough fight after missing both the opener at Silverstone and Oulton Park after breaking his left ankle in pre-season testing.

Despite a strong showing at Donington last season, winning race two on both track visits for rounds five and ten, progress was slow for the returning No. 1-plated bike, with a better place on Friday the 17th. after the two training sessions.

On Saturday, Mackenzie had to limit her track time, making the most of her time on the tarmac before returning to the pits to rest. Using that to advance into Q1, he then set the eighth fastest time, only losing a seat in his garage before heading out late for a final practice session.

Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin did a one-two finish in the North West 200 between rounds but was only able to set the ninth fastest lap after dodging his brother Andy early in the session.

Ryan Vickers picked up his pace to complete the top ten for BMW FHO Racing after advancing from the first qualifying session.

Official British Superbike Donington Park Records:

Previous BSB lap record: Peter Hickman (BMW) 1m 06.081s (2021)
New BSB fastest lap: Bradley Ray (Yamaha) 1m 05.497s (2022 – FP2)

Winners of the 2021 race:
Fifth round –
Race 1: Jason O’Halloran
Race 2: Tarran Mackenzie
Race 3: Tommy Bridewell

Round ten (The Showdown) –
Race 1: Gino Rea
Race 2: Tarran Mackenzie
Race 3: Gino Rea

As well as Andy Irwin’s crash in Q2 which saw him walk away clutching his wrist, there were crashes in Q1 for Tom Neave, Dan Jones and James East. Luke Mossey was pushing for progress and reaching the limit he also hit the gravel, sending his Honda spinning again and again.

Injured and absent

Leon Haslam has sprained his right ankle following his crash as Craner Curves in FP2. The VisionTrack Kawasaki man was cleared to ride in FP3 earlier in the morning and returned to qualifying for an impressive eleventh.

Danny Kent suffered a concussion following his FP3 accident. He has been transferred to Queen’s Medical Center in Nottingham for further checks, so he misses the rest of the race weekend. Danny Buchan was promoted to Q2 in the absence of Danny Kent and then took 13th place on the grid for BMW Synetiq.

Further ahead were the lead performances of Tommy Bridewell and Josh Brookes. Bridewell – a race one winner from Donington last season will line up in 15th place for Oxford Products Ducati.

The equally experienced Josh Brookes is a further down in 16th for MCE Ducati.

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