Editorial note: Below the press release you will find PDFs of preliminary qualifying results Tuesday with North West 200. Each class has its own PDF with results, including many pages of detailed time information. Use the scroll and zoom tools in the lower left corner of the PDF viewer to better see all the results. American Patricia Fernandez was 45th, 48th and 55th in the Supersport, Superstock and Superbike qualifying sessions respectively.
Josh Brooks QUALIFIES SUPERBYK QUALIFICATION AT 2022 OPENING fonaCAB AND NICHOLL OILS NORTH WEST 200
Josh Brooks topped the Superbike time charts at PBM Ducati during the opening workout for fonaCAB 2022 and Nicholl Oils North West 200 on a sunny day and rain.
Australian BSB rider, who last took part in the event in 2014, completed the 8.9-mile track in the Beginner’s first practice.
“Once we went to superbike training, I was able to ride my own way, feel the bike and lean on it in corners,” Brooks explained. “Luckily, the sun came out and the track was completely dry, so as soon as I got into my own rhythm, the track came back to me.”
Michael Dunlop, who was originally scheduled to play for Ducati team Paul Byrd before the Ballymoney man dropped the deal a few weeks ago, was second fastest in just 0.173 seconds slower in his first walk on Suzuki’s Hawk Racing, which he received the night before.
“We still have a lot of work to do on Thursday, but we’re here,” Dunlop said. “We’re lucky enough to be a P2 on a new bike.”
Hawk Racing boss Steve Hicken added: “Michael seems happy with the bike and we need to make some changes.”
Davey Todd was third in speed at the Honda Milenco Padgetts.
“I was very surprised to be up there,” said the racer from Saltburn at sea. “The bike was overstrained and I almost didn’t use sixth gear, so being only 0.8 seconds off the pole when I wasn’t pushing and just getting used to the track is good.”
The most successful rider on the North Coast, Alastair Seeley, has released his fourth fastest time on his new IFS Yamaha R1. Phil Marron, co. Antrim, who is Yamaha Toprak Razgatlioglu’s crew leader at WSBK, was in Seeley’s garage and offered technical advice to the IFS team.
Corykfergus’ neighbor, Glen Irwin, had a difficult day in the office due to car problems on his Honda Racing Fireblade that prevented him from returning to the game at Portrush. Taking fifth place in the Superbike session, the BSB star was unable to qualify for the Superstock race due to more technical issues.
Michael Dunlop topped the Superstock qualifier on his MD Racing Honda, which was driving on dry roads after heavy rain flooded the Triangle track. The lap record holder was 1.7 seconds faster than Michael Rater at BMW’s Bathams Racing.
“There were a lot of wet spots,” said the 50-year-old Rater. “I’m a little stuck on the last lap, but the bike is feeling good and it’s fast. I just need to make more laps so I can pick up speed and have the confidence to get ahead of people at these high speeds. ”
Richard Cooper was third in speed on his Buildbase Suzuki.
“The track was drier to the end, but I was still careful in some parts and trying to pick my lines,” he said. “I managed to deal with my brake markers, which I never dealt with when I was here in 2019, so that’s something you can build on by the end of the week.”
Dominic Herbertson, winner of the Tandragee 100 two weeks ago, was fourth fastest at his GB Racing BMW ahead of fifth-fastest, Jan Hutchinson, at the Milwaukee Synetiq BMW.
Lee Johnston’s recent brilliant game on his Ashcourt Racing R6 Yamaha in the British Supersport Championship continued as he was the fastest Supersport driver on the opening day of the competition.
“It’s nice to keep up with Jack Kennedy,” joked Johnston, referring to his rival in the British Championship. “We use different tires on the bike, and it feels different. The conditions were imperfect, and there was a lot of gravel on Juniper. “
Michael Dunlop was more than a second slower on his MD Racing Yamaha, and Dean Harrison was third in speed at Dao Racing Kawasaki, the highlight of the day of testing for reigning TT champion Senior TT, who was hampered by a transmission problem in a Superbike session and a faulty tire. choice in Stocker qualification.
Richard Cooper won the fastest time in the Supertwins class at the JMC Roofing Kawasaki built by Ryan Farquare when French rider Pierre Yves Bian separated the Englishman from Jeremy McWilliams at the IFS Paton.
“The road from Metropol to York was wet, but from York to Metropol it was dry,” Cooper explained after a torrential downpour delayed the start of the Twin session.
“I was a little surprised to be second in speed among the best level of road racing in the world,” said Bian, a former Manc Grand Prix winner who is running his first Supertwins race.
McWilliams admitted that it was difficult for him during his first trip to the northwest on a wet road.
“I’m surprised I’m so close to the front because I thought I’d be 10th or 12th,” the 58-year-old said.
Earlier in the day, the former Grand Prix racer posted an impressive seventh place finish in speed at Burrows Engineering / RK Racing Yamaha in the Supersport class, a run faster than leading 600-cc racers such as Conor Cummins, Ian Hutchinson and James Hillier.
“A bike is a bike,” said a man from Newtown. “I’m happy to be on a motorcycle that I’ve only seen, but I wouldn’t take too much from it because everyone felt their own way.”