Buildbase BMW title challenger Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed on his first lap at the Cooper Straight after only five minutes out on track during the final MCE British Superbike free practice session at Brands Hatch and has been diagnosed with a undisplaced fracture of the left collarbone. He had already had physio and his condition will be assessed before qualifying.
The track was wet due to rain overnight but it was sunny and warm around the Kent circuit, but it was declared a wet practice, with the Japanese rider succumbing to the damp conditions. The triple champ did get to his feet straight away but was holding his left shoulder as he walked into the ambulance.
Meanwhile with 20 minutes remaining to the final practice session Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Shane Byrne stormed to the top of the sheets with a 1’38.658 followed by Waters and Westmoreland. Minutes later Linfoot went three tenths faster and put down a 1’38.378.
But at the flag it was Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Waters who headed the timing-screens with a 1’36.455, with Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Howie Mainwaring and Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes completing the top three with a 1’37.387 rotation.
Waters was the only rider to reach the 1.36 barrier and appeared to enjoy the mixed track conditions. Byrne ended the outing ninth fastest after his best time of a 1’38.658, with Smrz and Backlund going slightly quicker.
Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Dan Linfoot fell back to fifth, with Honda Racing’s development rider, Julien Da Costa just behind in sixth. GBmoto Kawasaki’s James Ellison rounded up the top ten.
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