Jake Dixon takes pole position for the opening race for round 11 of the Bennetts British Superbike championship in glorious Assen sunshine.
Leon Haslam had the advantage going into the Datatag qualifying session, but after the opening 18 minutes, it was Jake Dixon who had a 0.5s lead over Leon Haslam.
It was a relatively un-eventful opening session with Haslam taking the early advantage but was later pipped by a hard-charging Jake Dixon.
The main focus, however, was on Buildbase Suzuki’s Bradley Ray who was stuck down in 19th and outside the cut off for Q2, but a last few minutes push saw the showdown contender jump up the order and into the scrap for the top 9 positions to make it into Q3.
After a massive highside for Tommy Bridewell, the Moto Rapido Ducati rider managed to comfortably make his way into Q2 along with Iddon who is still suffering from the broken collarbone he sustained at Silverstone.
Sadly Danny Buchan just scraped into Q2 but a late session crash meant that Buchan would not get out to set a lap in Q2.
The riders who were eliminated after Q1 was: Barrier, Law, Elliott, Harrison, Jessopp, Rogers, Francis, Winfield, and Zanotti.
Q2 got underway with Leon Haslam taking the lead, matching the Q1 time of Dixon, but a few minutes later, Dixon jumped to the top of the order.
After ending Q1 in third and fifth, McAms Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie was safely into Q3 as the final 2 minutes ticked away whilst teammate Josh Brookes was down in 12th and out of the Q3 spot.
A last push from the O’show saw the Aussie jump from 16th into 8th pushing OMG Suzuki’s Gino Rea out of the top 9.
Josh Brookes jumped up inside the top 9, demoting fellow showdown contender Hickman out of the Q3 slot.
Whilst pushing to find 0.080s, Gino Rea crashed on his final lap leaving a furious Gino Rea stuck in 11th.
It was 2/2 for Jake Dixon after getting the better of Haslam once again whilst Glenn Irwin quietly slotted inside the top 3.
The riders who did not make it into Q3 are Hickman, Rea, Ellison, Laverty, A Irwin, Cooper, Ray, Mossey.
Q3 was set to be a scrap between JG Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam and RAF Regular Reserves Kawasaki’s Jake Dixon.
It was recent Kawasaki signing Glenn Irwin who took the early lead with Iddon and O’Halloran joining the Irishman on the top 3.
The McAms Yamaha of Tarran Mackenzie jumped up to 3rd whilst an injured Bridewell jumped to the top of the tower before being pipped by Dixon and Haslam.
Jason O’Halloran’s session came to an early end after a bike problem at the end of Q3.
After setting a good opening lap Mackenzie’s second lap was even better putting the Derbyshire based Scotsman on top before Dixon took the rights back.
As the flag fell it was Dixon who took his 8th British Superbike pole with Mackenzie and Haslam lining up alongside. Ducati’s head the second row with Irwin leading Bridewell with Brookes down in 6th.
Tyco BMW’s Iddon heads row 3 with both Honda’s rounding off the top 9.
Join us tomorrow to see whether or not Jake Dixon can close down Haslam’s lead.
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