Delight at Knockhill as Xavi Forés celebrates his first-ever British Superbike pole position
Xavi Forés mastered the tricky conditions at Knockhill this afternoon to claim his first-ever Bennetts British Superbike Championship pole position aboard the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP2, and secured Honda Racing’s first pole position since 2017.
The afternoon’s Qualifying was delayed after heavy rain hit the Scottish circuit and was rescheduled to a 40-minute session. Leading the way from the start was Forés who consistently put in quick times on the rain-sodden track. At the chequered flag he held the advantage by 0.135 seconds and became the first Spanish rider to claim a BSB pole position since 2007.
Andrew Irwin also looked comfortable in the wet conditions aboard the Fireblade, who at one point was swapping places with his Honda teammate for the top spot. Crossing the line 0.210 seconds away from pole, Irwin will start tomorrow’s opening British Superbike race from the second row of the grid in fifth position.
It was also a good day for the teams’ National Superstock 1000 Championship rider Tom Neave, who finished his reduced 20-lap race in ninth place after starting from 14th. Recording consistent fast times throughout the race, Neave claimed the fourth fastest time on the final lap and lines up for tomorrow’s race on the second row of the grid in fourth position.
Knockhill Circuit Statistics
1.3 miles (2km)
Lefthand : 3
Pole Postion : Right
BSB Lap Record: Leon Haslam - 47.462 (2018)