Superbikes - Brands BSB: Byrne fastest in opening free practice

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne was never off the top of the MCE British Superbike timesheets during the opening free practice session at Brands Hatch.

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Brands BSB: Byrne fastest in opening free practice

The local lad dominated from the start and put in a 1’26.847 to secure his position as the fastest rider this morning, and the triple champ continued to improve. With less than five minutes remaining Byrne went four tenths of a second quicker to clock his best lap of 1’26.457.

Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes used his last and nineteenth lap to push his way from third to second quickest, just as the chequered flag appeared, with a 1’26.913, and Byrne and the Lincolnshire racer were the only riders to lap in the 1’26’s in this morning’s session.

But Lowes’ fastest lap meant that Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland was demoted to third, after putting in a solid performance and setting some consistently quick times. With less than a minute to go Westmoreland clocked a 1’27.150 which was enough to put him second fastest on the timesheets, but it only lasted for a few seconds as Lowes went 0.1 seconds quicker.

Milwaukee Yamaha’s James Ellison was never out of the top five quickest times throughout the 45 minute session, followed by veteran racer Quattro Plant’s Chris Walker, who rounded off the top five. Samsung Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari ended the morning sixth fastest with a 1’27.528 lap, followed by Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes and Padgett’s rider Jakub Smrz.

Buildbase BMW’s Jon Kirkham suffered a technical issue at the start of the session after he stopped at Graham Hill, but still managed to set the ninth fastest time, with GBmoto’s Dan Linfoot putting in a 1’27.879, that placed him just inside the top ten times. There was one faller, PR Racing’s Karl Harris crashed at Stirlings, but was unhurt. But Tyco Suzuki’s PJ Jacobsen failed to make it out of his garage, as it appeared he had a technical problem with his bike.

British Superbikes free practice one - conditions dry

1 67 Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:26.457 18 19 101.32

2 22 Alex LOWES GBR Honda - Samsung Honda 1:26.913 19 19 0.456 0.456 100.78

3 27 James WESTMORELAND GBR BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:27.150 14 15 0.693 0.237 100.51

4 77 James ELLISON GBR Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha 1:27.225 13 18 0.768 0.075 100.42

5 9 Chris WALKER GBR Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:27.277 12 13 0.820 0.052 100.36

6 23 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Honda - Samsung Honda 1:27.528 17 18 1.071 0.251 100.08

7 2 Josh BROOKES AUS Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:27.606 15 16 1.149 0.078 99.99

8 96 Jakub SMRZ CZE Honda - Padgetts Honda 1:27.723 16 16 1.266 0.117 99.85

9 10 Jon KIRKHAM GBR BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:27.745 16 16 1.288 0.022 99.83

10 4 Dan LINFOOT GBR Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 1:27.879 16 19 1.422 0.134 99.68

11 11 Michael RUTTER GBR Honda - Bathams Honda 1:27.898 14 17 1.441 0.019 99.65

12 68 Karl HARRIS GBR Kawasaki - PR Racing Kawasaki 1:28.120 5 8 1.663 0.222 99.40

13 60 Peter HICKMAN GBR Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 1:28.590 7 17 2.133 0.470 98.88

14 15 Matteo BAIOCCO ITA Ducati - Rapido Sport Racing 1:28.652 18 18 2.195 0.062 98.81

15 64 Aaron ZANOTTI GBR Suzuki - STEL Suzuki 1:28.727 13 14 2.270 0.075 98.72

16 39 Lee COSTELLO GBR Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki 1:28.896 15 19 2.439 0.169 98.54

17 303 Keith FARMER GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:29.210 14 17 2.753 0.314 98.19

18 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR BMW - Riders Motorcycles 1:29.248 18 19 2.791 0.038 98.15

19 21 Josh WATERS AUS Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha 1:29.308 18 20 2.851 0.060 98.08

20 43 Howie MAINWARING GBR Kawasaki - MH Kawasaki 1:29.330 7 7 2.873 0.022 98.06

21 20 Jenny TINMOUTH GBR Honda - Two Wheel Racing 1:30.038 13 13 3.581 0.708 97.29

22 83 Danny BUCHAN GBR Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:30.301 9 18 3.844 0.263 97.00

23 14 Michael HOWARTH GBR Kawasaki - MH Kawasaki 1:32.624 13 15 6.167 2.323 94.57

QUALIFYING LAPTIME (107.5% of 1:26.457) = 1:32.941

24 99 PJ JACOBSEN USA Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki

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