Be Wiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne left it till there was only one minute left on the clock to set the fastest lap of the afternoon, during the second MCE British Superbike free practice session at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit.
The local rider lapped a 45.430, and was only two tenths shy off lap record place at his home track. But it did look like it would be the Tyco backed BMW of Michael Laverty, who would take the fastest rider accolade this afternoon, only for the Northern Irishman to get pipped to the post by the Panigale of Byrne.
It was also a good session for the Moto Rapido Ducati team, and their rider, Danny Buchan. The tall Essex lad completed the top three fastest times during FP2 after a 45.721 rotation.
At first it was Bennetts Suzuki’s Ryuichi Kiyonari who was leading the charge with a 45.733, but he crashed at Graham Hill Bend and was taken to the medical centre for assessment, where it was later revealed that he sustained a clean break to his left collarbone. There was a technical red flag ten minutes into the session, and soon the bikes were back out.
With Kiyo out of contention it meant that he slipped to fourth at the flag, followed by Buildbase BMW’s Richard Cooper and Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey.
It was James Ellison who was the quickest JG Speedfit Kawasaki machine out on track, with his team-mate Leon Haslam in tow. The pair ended the day in P7 and P8 respectively. Smiths Racing’s Jakub Smrz and Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot completed the top ten.
Kiyo was not the only rider to fall; Honda Racing’s Jenny Tinmouth crashed unhurt at Druids, and a few minutes later her team-mate Jason O’Halloran fell at Graham Hill Bend, and was fortunately uninjured. American rider James Rispoli also took a tumble at Paddock Hill Bend and was declared OK at the trackside.
Graham Hill Bend appeared to catch out a few riders, and seven minutes from the end of FP2 championship leader Christian Iddon crashed on that corner and managed to walked away from the incident whilst in tenth, but when the chequered flag appeared his was P17.