Motorsports - Assen BSB: Cooper claims career first Supersport pole

Oxford TAG Triumph's Richard Cooper claimed his first Motorpoint British Supersport pole position of his career this morning at Assen, despite crashing out with a minute remaining.

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Assen BSB: Cooper claims career first Supersport pole

Mar-Train Yamaha's Stuart Easton was the early pace setter before the championship leader was demoted to second by Smiths Triumph's Glen Richards. The reigning champion was improving his time lap by lap, closing down on the British lap record, before Cooper jumped to the top of the time sheets.

With just under three minutes remaining, the red flag was brought out after CF Motorsport's Glenn Irwin and Appleyard Macadam's Graeme Gowland crashed, leaving enough time for one flying lap. As the green flag was dropped, the middle-weight machines roared out of pit lane in the hope of claiming pole.

Cooper crashed out at turn 10 whilst trying to secure his spot at the top of the time sheets and could only sit and hope nobody stole away his first pole position. Fortunately for him, nobody improved their time and Cooper will line up at the front of the gird for this afternoon's first Supersport encounter.

Richards held on to second spot ahead of Profile Triumph's Luke Mossey on his return to Supersport action after missing the previous four rounds through a spine injury. The all Triumph front-row proving the new Daytona 675 is finally matching the championship-winning pedigree of its predecessor.

Championship leader Stuart Easton will front the second row of the grid ahead of Tyco Suzuki's Taylor Mackenzie, claiming his best qualifying performance of his rookie campaign, and Samsung Honda's Jason O'Halloran. Smiths Triumph's Billy McConnell is seventh on the grid ahead of the wildcarding Dutchman Kervin Bos and the first of the Gearlink Kawasaki riders, Ben Wilson.

Championship contender Alastair Seeley could only manage qualifying on the fourth row of the grid, questioning whether the Northern Irishmen is at full fitness yet and able to remain in contention for his second British Supersport title.

Full qualifying times

1 47 1 Richard COOPER GBR Triumph - Oxford TAG Triumph 1:40.442 10 11 101.15

2 1 2 Glen RICHARDS AUS Triumph - Smiths Triumph 1:40.486 11 13 0.044 0.044 101.11

3 12 3 Luke MOSSEY GBR Triumph - Techcare / Profile 1:40.548 11 13 0.106 0.062 101.04

4 5 4 Stuart EASTON GBR Yamaha - MarTrain Yamaha Racing 1:40.564 12 14 0.122 0.016 101.03

5 77 5 Taylor MACKENZIE GBR Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:40.665 12 15 0.223 0.101 100.93

6 22 6 Jason O'HALLORAN AUS Honda - Samsung Honda 1:40.761 10 12 0.319 0.096 100.83

7 3 7 Billy MCCONNELL AUS Triumph - Smiths Triumph 1:40.862 10 13 0.420 0.101 100.73

8 37 C 1 Kervin BOS NED Honda - KGD 1:40.957 10 14 0.515 0.095 100.63

9 15 8 Ben WILSON GBR Kawasaki - Gearlink Kawasaki 1:41.098 9 11 0.656 0.141 100.49

10 34 9 Alastair SEELEY GBR Kawasaki - Gearlink Kawasaki 1:41.133 12 14 0.691 0.035 100.46

11 81 10 Graeme GOWLAND GBR Yamaha - Team Appleyard Macadam Doodson 1:41.313 7 10 0.871 0.180 100.28

12 2 11 Glenn IRWIN GBR Yamaha - CF Motorsport 1:41.466 11 12 1.024 0.153 100.13

13 88 12 Scott SMART GBR Triumph - Oxford TAG Triumph 1:41.776 10 12 1.334 0.310 99.82

14 7 13 Deane BROWN GBR Yamaha - Colin Appleyard Macadam 1:42.032 11 14 1.590 0.256 99.57

15 20 14 Luke STAPLEFORD GBR Triumph - Profile Racing 1:42.062 10 14 1.620 0.030 99.54

16 113 C 2 Rob GUIVER GBR Triumph - T3 Racing 1:42.138 10 12 1.696 0.076 99.47

17 69 15 Stuart VOSKAMP NED Suzuki - Tsingtao WKbikes Performance 1:42.429 6 9 1.987 0.291 99.19

18 55 C 3 Josh WAINWRIGHT GBR Yamaha - Swift Moto 1:42.712 9 13 2.270 0.283 98.91

19 64 C 4 Davy THOONEN NED Yamaha - Thoonen Racing with motoUP 1:42.835 11 13 2.393 0.123 98.80

20 82 16 Luke JONES GBR Suzuki - Tsingtao WKbikes Performance 1:43.235 5 10 2.793 0.400 98.41

21 74 17 Dean HIPWELL GBR Triumph - Globalnet Telecom / CDH Racing 1:43.405 10 13 2.963 0.170 98.25

22 27 C 5 Bjorn ESTMENT RSA Yamaha - Team Colin Appleyard / Macadam 1:43.581 4 14 3.139 0.176 98.08

23 85 C 6 Nikki COATES GBR Yamaha - CF Motorsport 1:43.699 11 13 3.257 0.118 97.97

24 94 18 Samuel HORNSEY GBR Triumph - Oxford TAG Triumph 1:43.937 1 1 3.495 0.238 97.75

25 13 C 7 Jake NEWSTEAD GBR Yamaha - Tinklers Motorcycles 1:44.296 10 14 3.854 0.359 97.41

26 4 C 8 Craig NEVE GBR Honda - ANR Performance / Espania Racing 1:44.550 13 13 4.108 0.254 97.17

27 33 C 9 Richie LEECH GBR Yamaha - Richie Leech Racing 1:44.606 5 13 4.164 0.056 97.12

28 43 C 10 Ivar DOORNBOS NED Kawasaki - Tamariva Racing 1:44.642 3 3 4.200 0.036 97.09

29 23 19 Shaun WINFIELD GBR Triumph - Oxford TAG Triumph 1:45.474 9 12 5.032 0.832 96.32

30 97 C 11 Josh CORNER GBR Kawasaki - MJJ Motorsport / Alpha Paints LTD 1:45.928 12 12 5.486 0.454 95.91

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