Stapleford betters record to take Motorpoint British Supersport pole

Luke Stapleford might have already secured the Motorpoint British Supersport crown but the Profile Triumph rider is not easing off with a remarkable final lap that bettered his own lap record to claim pole position.

Stapleford powered in a time of 1m 27.669s to finally break the challenges from his rivals after a hectic session in which Joe Francis, Jake Dixon and Glenn Irwin had all topped the leaderboard but in the end they had no answer to the pace of the champion.

James Rispoli, riding the Team Traction Control Yamaha, ran closest to Stapleford, though the American was 0.445s down and only marginally faster than Jake Dixon who needs victory on the Smiths Triumph to keep his hopes of taking the runner-up spot alive.

Profile Triumph's Sam Hornsey, despite a late technical problem, heads the second row ahead of the other two contenders for the 'number 2' plate - Glenn Irwin aboard the Gearlink Kawasaki and Kyle Ryde riding the PacedayZ Trackdays Yamaha.

Joe Francis, on the second Team Traction Control Yamaha, starts from the third row, ahead of top Supersport EVO qualifier Bjorn Estment, and Gearlink Kawasaki's Luke Hedger.

Motorpoint British Supersport Championship, Brands Hatch, qualifying for Sprint race:

1: Luke Stapleford (Profile Triumph) 1m 27.669s
2: James Rispoli (Team Traction Control Yamaha) +0.445s
3: Jake Dixon (Smiths Triumph) +0.520s
4: Sam Hornsey (Profile Triumph) +0.759s
5: Glenn Irwin (Gearlink Kawasaki) +0.938s 

Last updated: Saturday, October 17, 2015