Kyle Ryde set out his stall for a run at the 2023 British Superbike Championship title at the Brands Hatch finale as he set a fierce pace on a weather-disrupted opening day of free practice.
The LAMI OMG Yamaha rider comes into the showdown as one of eight riders with a mathematical chance of securing this year’s title, though he has a 35 point margin to bridge to current leader Tommy Bridewell with three races remaining.
Nevertheless, he sent out an early warning sign by topping a damp opening free practice session before putting almost half-a-second between himself and the opposition in the dry FP2 encounter.
Peter Hickman chased him in second place, the FHO BMW rider looking to put a disappointing season behind him with a return to form this weekend.
Glenn Irwin - who comes into the weekend as BeerMonster Ducati team-mate Bridewell’s closest rival at 7.5 points adrift - proved quicker than his PBM counterpart in third, with Bridewell making do with fifth.
Splitting the pair was Christian Iddon in fourth, while three other title contenders Jason O’Halloran - kicking off McAMS Yamaha’s final weekend in BSB before withdrawal - Lee Jackson and Josh Brookes featured up the order in sixth, seventh and eighth respectively.
The only rider with a shot at the title outside the top eight was Leon Haslam, down in 22nd.
Elsewhere, Max Cook and Jack Kennedy completed the top ten on their respective FS-3 Kawasaki and Mar-Train Yamaha entries, while Alex Olsen was the best of four Pathway-adapted entries this weekend in 14th.
He placed ahead of Fraser Rogers, who gave Aprilia its first BSB appearance in more than a decade in 18th, Franco Bourne in 23rd and Shaun Winfield in 27th.
Brands Hatch BSB | Combined Free Practice Results [FP1 + FP2]
|2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Brands Hatch | Combined Practice Results [FP1+FP2] | 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|