LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha’s Kyle Ryde topped the leaderboard in the final British Superbike Championship free practice session at a dry but cool Brands Hatch on Saturday morning.
Blue skies and sunny weather greeted the riders albeit with a track temperature of just 7.6 degrees no rider would better their Friday afternoon efforts from FP2 to leave the order static on the combined timesheets after third practice
Even so, Ryde made it three-out-of-three on the OMG Yamaha R1, setting the pace in FP3, ahead of Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team) and Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW).
Ryde moved back into first mid-way through the twenty-minute session, dropping into the 1’29’s with a time of 1’29.254, with Canepa taking over third from Brookes although Ryde and Haslam continued to be considerably quicker than everyone else.
Yamaha’s Ryde continued to up the pace, moving on to a 1’28.291, which put him some 2.2s quicker than second-placed Haslam, with Brookes re-claiming third from Canepa, the duo both now lapping in the 1’31 bracket. The Italian soon jumped back ahead of Brookes though with a lap of 1’31.003.
With five minutes to go, Ryde increased his pace to a 1’27.530 which extended his advantage over Haslam to 2.504s but the BMW rider responded with a 1’28.761 and there was change further behind as Franco Bourne (Marvel HCL Motorsport Honda) moved up to third on the BSB Pathway-spec machine.
That didn’t last long though as Brookes and Nesbitt quickly overhauled him with Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) doing likewise with a minute to go. Haslam also cut the gap to Ryde to less than half a second in the final seconds only for Ryde to post a 1’27’301 on his final lap and extend his advantage to 0.693s.
The top three remained Ryde, Haslam and Brookes with Nesbitt, Canepa, Storm Stacey (Starline Racing Kawasaki) and Kennedy following, the leading seven riders the only ones to lap below 1’30 as Bourne, Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) and Fraser Rogers (IN Competition Aprilia) rounded out the top ten.
Tommy Bridewell only went out late on in the session with BeerMonster Ducati team-mate Glenn Irwin one of five riders who didn’t post a time in the tricky conditions.
Brands Hatch BSB | Combined Free Practice Results [After FP3]
|2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Brands Hatch | Combined Practice Results [After FP3] | Round 11 of 11|
|1||Kyle Ryde||🇬🇧||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 25.797|
|2||Peter Hickman||🇬🇧||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 26.128|
|3||Glenn Irwin||🇬🇧||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 26.263|
|4||Christian Iddon||🇬🇧||Oxford Racing||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 26.475|
|5||Tommy Bridewell||🇬🇧||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 26.489|
|6||Jason O'Halloran||🇦🇺||McAMS||Yamaha R1||1m 26.511|
|7||Lee Jackson||🇬🇧||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 26.521|
|8||Josh Brookes||🇦🇺||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 26.777|
|9||Max Cook||🇬🇧||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 26.785|
|10||Jack Kennedy||🇮🇪||Mar-Train Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 26.849|
|11||Ryan Vickers||🇬🇧||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 27.087|
|12||Luke Mossey||🇬🇧||Tactix L1 Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 27.119|
|13||Tom Neave||🇬🇧||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 27.218|
|14||Alex Olsen||🇬🇧||Cumins by Team IWR||Honda CBR1000RR-R (P)||1m 27.286|
|15||Jack Scott||🇬🇧||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 27.451|
|16||Davey Todd||🇬🇧||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 27.485|
|17||Charlie Nesbitt||🇬🇧||MasterMac by Hawk||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 27.505|
|18||Fraser Rogers||🇬🇧||IN Competition||Aprilia RSV4 (P)||1m 27.588|
|19||Niccolo Canepa||🇮🇹||McAMS||Yamaha R1||1m 27.659|
|20||Storm Stacey||🇬🇧||Starline Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 27.659|
|21||Andrew Irwin||🇬🇧||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 27.665|
|22||Leon Haslam||🇬🇧||ROKiT BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 27.837|
|23||Franco Bourne||🇬🇧||Marvel HCL Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R (P)||1m 28.202|
|24||Louis Valleley||🇬🇧||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 28.352|
|25||Bradley Perie||🇬🇧||VisionTrack Racng||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 28.425|
|26||Tom Booth-Amos||🇬🇧||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 29.028|
|27||Shaun Winfield||🇬🇧||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R (P)||1m 29.097|
|28||Brayden Elliott||🇦🇺||DAO Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 29.544|