ALL eyes are looking ahead to Thruxton after heavy snowfall forced the postponement of the opening round of the British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.
Huddersfield bikers Tom Sykes and Tom Tunstall had qualified strongly and will be looking to at least maintain their form at the ultra-fast Hampshire circuit on April 18-20.
Lepton-based Sykes qualified his Rizla Suzuki fifth fastest, missing out on a front row start by just a tenth of a second, while his former Stobart Honda teammate Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne bagged pole on board his new Airwaves Ducati.
Privateer Tunstall, meanwhile, showed good pace with his 2007 Hardinge Ice Valley Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade, which earned him 15 podiums and third place in the Superbike Cup Championship during last year’s debut season.
Having qualified fourth, only 0.4seconds from pole, despite a few technical issues, Denby Dale-based Tunstall said: “I had a big problem shifting gear and on virtually every up shift I had to take two or three goes at changing gear.
“It not only lost me speed and time, it was making it hard to get into a rhythm and get the times down, but even with the issue it shows I’m still on the pace.”
Following the postponement, the meeting will return to Kent on May 10 and 11 with the same grid positions taken from last weekend’s qualifying.