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BSB Brands Hatch GP FP1 | Brands specialist Josh Brookes opens up on top

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Josh Brookes, FHO Racing, BMW M 1000 RR, 2023 BSB, Oulton Park, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Josh Brookes led an Aussie 1-2 from Jason O’Halloran during first free practice for Round 6 of the 2023 British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

The two-time BSB Champion arrives at the Kent venue looking to build on the momentum of a strong weekend last time out at Snetterton.

Brookes, a 19-time race winner at Brands Hatch, stopped the clock at 1m 25.946secs as the only rider to dip below 1m 26s bracket.


He headed up countryman Jason O’Halloran, the McAMS Yamaha rider just under a tenth behind Brookes, while championship leader Tommy Bridewell kicked off with the third best lap having held sway at the top of the timesheets until the closing stages.

Ryan Vickers maintained his recent upturn in form to end the session fourth quickest, ahead of LAMI OMG Yamaha team-mate Kyle Ryde in fifth place, while Glenn Irwin completed the top six on the second of the BeerMonster Ducatis.

Lee Jackson fronted the Kawasaki challenge in seventh on the FS-3 ZX-10RR, while Danny Kent did likewise for Honda on his eponymous Lovell Kent Racing Fireblade. Christian Iddon and top rookie Charlie Nesbitt competed the top ten on their respective Oxford Products Ducati and Hawk Racing Honda machines.

Elsewhere, Liam Delves - racing in place of Hector Barbera at TAG Honda this weekend - brought out the red flag after a fall at Sheene Curve, while Josh Owens was another to come down in the closing stages on his Hawk Honda.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Brands Hatch | FP1 Results | Round 6 / 11
1Josh BrookesAUSFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 25.946
2Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMSYamaha R11m 26.066
3Tommy BridewellGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 26.213
4Ryan VickersGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 26.254
5Kyle RydeGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 26.260
6Glenn IrwinGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 26.274
7Lee JacksonGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 26.338
8Danny KentGBRLovell Kent RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 26.410
9Christian IddonGBROxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 26.415
10Charlie NesbittGBRMasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 26.493
11Leon HaslamGBRROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 26.526
12Luke MosseyGBRTactix L1 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 26.694
13Jack KennedyIRLMar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 26.727
14Dean HarrisonGBRDAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 26.729
15Peter HickmanGBRFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 26.943
16Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 27.217
17Josh OwensGBRCrendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 27.221
18Tom NeaveGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 27.437
19Max CookGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 27.510
20Jack ScottGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 27.518
21Storm StaceyGBRStarline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 27.539
22Tito RabatESPMcAMSYamaha R11m 27.723
23Franco BourneGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 27.997
24Bradley PerieGBRVisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.499
25Liam DelvesGBRTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.515

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