Superbikes - Oulton BSB: Byrne fastest in final free practice

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne left it till his final lap to top the final MCE British Superbike free practice session with a 1’35.580, just as the chequered flag appeared, pipping Samsung Honda’s Alex Lowes and Milwaukee Yamaha’s James Ellison to the post.

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Oulton BSB: Byrne fastest in final free practice

Ellison was the quickest rider out on the Cheshire track for most of the  session, but in the final minute Lowes went three hundredths of a second quicker, but that was not to last, as the reigning champ had just that extra bit of pace to go one tenth of a second faster than the Derby lad.

Tyco Suzuki’s teenage sensation, PJ Jacobsen had a solid time out on the circuit, and with five minutes to go was third fastest with a 1’36.338. Unfortunately for the New Yorker the more experienced BSB riders went quicker with 30 seconds remaining, and Jacobsen slipped to fourth.

Buildbase BMW’s Jon Kirkham rounded off the top five, closely followed by Halsall Racing newbie, Tommy Bridewell who placed his Kawasaki sixth fastest with his best lap of 1’36.541.

Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes was four tenths of a second slower than his diminutive team-mate and ended the session outside the top five, with Samsung Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari not far behind, with a time that placed him eighth fastest. GBmoto’s Dan Linfoot and Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland rounded off the top ten.

MCE British Superbike free practice three

1 67 Shane BYRNE GBR 1:37.200 6 1:36.167 18 1:35.580 16

2 22 Alex LOWES GBR 1:37.272 11 1:36.140 15 1:35.627 14 0.047 0.047

3 77 James ELLISON GBR 1:41.599 9 1:36.690 19 1:35.654 15 0.074 0.027

4 99 PJ JACOBSEN USA 1:38.558 15 1:37.089 18 1:36.338 14 0.758 0.684

5 10 Jon KIRKHAM GBR 1:39.424 11 1:37.268 16 1:36.469 14 0.889 0.131

6 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR 1:39.390 8 1:37.433 16 1:36.541 15 0.961 0.072

7 2 Josh BROOKES AUS 1:39.254 14 1:37.016 14 1:36.702 12 1.122 0.161

8 23 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN 1:37.582 12 1:37.032 16 1:36.826 11 1.246 0.124

9 4 Dan LINFOOT GBR 1:38.809 10 1:37.676 18 1:36.965 13 1.385 0.139

10 27 James WESTMORELAND GBR 1:38.823 11 1:37.025 14 1:37.087 8 1.445 0.060

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