BSB - round 4 qualify

Todays 50-minute qualifying session for round four of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park started in damp conditions though the rain didn’t materialise and the front row consists of Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati), Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda), Leon Haslam (Ducati) and Tom Sykes (Honda).

In only his fourth ride for the Stobart Vent Axia Motorsport Team, Huddersfield flyer Tom Sykes secured his career first Superbike front row start with a terrific performance today the 21 year old Yorkshireman timed it to perfection as he posted fourth fastest time in the dying minutes of the session.

Meanwhile team mate Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne will start tomorrow’s two 17-lappers from row two of the grid having held on to a provisional front row start for much of the session but in the end had to settle for sixth position aboard the VK backed Honda Fireblade.

Tom Sykes : "That’s more like it! I thought I’d thrown it away on my flying lap when I got held up by another rider and had to roll it off to try and get a third lap and although I’d had the best out of the rear tyre, I stuck my neck out and it was spot on. I’m really happy with a front row start, the team has worked hard and I’m really confident with my race set up so we’re hoping to be up there tomorrow."

Shane Byrne : "There wasn’t a single lap where I didn’t have to pass someone. It’s a difficult balance between stuffing someone up the inside and losing time because of it and backing off a little bit and making sure you get a good run on the others, but unfortunately I didn’t get either of those today so I’m really frustrated. I hope we can get a good start and get away at the front tomorrow."

The first 17-lap race gets underway at 13.00 followed by the second one at 16.10 which is live on ITV4.

British Superbike qualifying
Oulton Park

1. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) 1m35.430
2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) 1m35.594
3. Leon Haslam (Ducati) 1m35.922
4. Tom Sykes (Honda) 1m35.991
5. Jonathan Rea (Honda) 1m36.021
6. Shane Byrne (Honda) 1m36.095
7. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) 1m36.145
8. Leon Camier (Honda) 1m36.328
9. Karl Harris (Honda) 1m36.841
10. Dean Thomas (Suzuki) 1m36.855

Race day - Monday May 7
09.05 - 09.20 Warm up
13.00 BSB Race 1 - 17 laps
16.08 BSB Race 2 (Live on ITV4) 17 laps
ITV4 Broadcast: 15.00 - 17.00
Sky Sports 2: 21.00 - 00.00

2007 BSB calendar

Round 1. Brands Hatch GP April 7/8/9
Round 2. Thruxton April 13/14/15
Round 3. Silverstone April 27/28/29
Round 4. Oulton Park May 5/6/7
Round 5. Snetterton May 18/19/20
Round 6. Mondello Park June 15/16/17
Round 7. Knockhill June 29/30/1
Round 8. Oulton Park July 13/14/15
Round 9. Mallory Park July 20/21/22
Round 10. Croft August 10/11/12
Round 11. Cadwell Park August 25/26/27
Round 12. Donington Park September 21/22/23
Round 13. Brands Hatch Indy October 12/13/14

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