RAPID START FOR REIGNING CHAMPION BYRNE AT BRANDS HATCH

Byrne set the pace in the opening free practice session at Brands Hatch

Byrne set the pace in the opening free practice session at Brands Hatch

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne got his MCE Insurance British Superbike title defence off to a flying start at Brands Hatch today as he set the pace following the opening two free practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s opening races.

The rider from nearby Sittingbourne sat out the morning session due to the cold conditions, but fired himself back to the top of the times in the second session. Byrne said: “It was a bit frustrating this morning – I was like a kid at Christmas wanting to play! This afternoon I feel happier as we have done some laps and I am feeling positive that it can only get better now before Sunday.”

Returning triple champion Ryuichi Kiyonari also sat out the morning session, but in the afternoon was quickly on the pace, topping the times at the half-way point of free practice two before ending in fourth place overall.

Two young-guns separated the triple champions after the second free practice session as  Alex Lowes pushed the Samsung Honda to the second fastest time and Tommy Bridewell proved that he will be back in contention with the Bathams Honda squad in third.

James Ellison lapped consistently aboard the Milwaukee Yamaha to be fifth overall on his return to the Championship, only 0.036secs faster than last year’s runner-up, Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki. Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland ensured five manufacturers were represented in the top ten with his seventh fastest time.

Former multiple British Supersport champion Karl Harris on the PR Racing Kawasaki was marginally faster than Jakub Smrz aboard the Padgett’s Honda with Chris Walker completing the top ten on the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki.

Results

Free practice one:

1: Jenny Tinmouth (TWR Honda) 59.109s
2: Tommy Bridewell (Bathams Honda) +0.776s
3: Josh Waters (Milwaukee Yamaha) +1.829s
4: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +3.834s

Free practice two:

1: Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 46.787s
2: Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.086s
3: Tommy Bridewell (Bathams Honda) +0.309s
4: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +0.524s
5: James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.538s
6: Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.574s
7: James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +0.777s
8: Karl Harris (PR Racing Kawasaki) +0.784s
9: Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +0.961s
10: Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.100s

 

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The class of the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship

The class of the 2013 MCE British Superbike Championship

 

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