Jason O'Halloran kicked off his bid to regain ground in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship (BSB) title fight in fine fettle, topping opening free practice at Donington Park.
The McAMS Yamaha rider, who endured a torrid weekend last time out at Oulton Park after two DNFs, capitalised on the newly resurfaced Leicestershire circuit to turn in a new lap record of 1m 27.997s.
The Australian led a Yamaha 1-2 at the flag with LAMI OMG Racing's Kyle Ryde slotting into second position, while Josh Brookes - currently second in the overall standings behind Glenn Irwin - headed up the FHO BMW challenge in third position.
Arriving at Donington Park seeking a return to the form that had him competing for a victory at Silverstone, Lovell Kent Racing's Danny Kent was the quickest of the Honda contingent, ahead of local hero Leon Haslam on the ROKiT BMW in fifth.
Returning to action this weekend after injuring himself in a crash at the Silverstone opener, Danny Buchan was sixth fastest on the SYNETIQ BMW, from Hector Barbera and Charlie Nesbitt on their respective TAG Racing and MasterMac by Hawk Hondas.
Tommy Bridewell was the best of the BeerMonster Ducati riders in ninth place, with championship leading team-mate Irwin enduring a modest start to the weekend in 16th.
BSB Donington Park FP1 Results
|2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Donington Park | FP1 Results | Round 3 / 11|
|1||Jason O'Halloran||AUS||McAMS||Yamaha R1||1m 27.997|
|2||Kyle Ryde||GBR||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 28.089|
|3||Josh Brookes||AUS||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 28.192|
|4||Danny Kent||GBR||Lovell Kent Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 28.392|
|5||Leon Haslam||GBR||ROKiT BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 28.485|
|6||Danny Buchan||GBR||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 28.499|
|7||Hector Barbera||ESP||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 28.699|
|8||Charlie Nesbitt||GBR||MasterMac by Hawk||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 28.749|
|9||Tommy Bridewell||GBR||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 28.940|
|10||Peter Hickman||GBR||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 28.980|
|11||Lee Jackson||GBR||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 29.103|
|12||Jack Kennedy||IRL||Mar-Train Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 29.170|
|13||Andrew Irwin||GBR||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 29.216|
|14||Dean Harrison||GBR||DAO Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 29.373|
|15||Luke Mossey||GBR||Tactix L1 Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 29.402|
|16||Glenn Irwin||GBR||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 29.430|
|17||Christian Iddon||GBR||Oxford Racing||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 29.657|
|18||Storm Stacey||GBR||Starline Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 29.717|
|19||Tom Neave||GBR||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 30.375|
|20||Davey Todd||GBR||Milenco by Padgetts||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 30.434|
|21||Max Cook||GBR||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 30.461|
|22||Ryan Vickers||GBR||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 30.484|
|23||Josh Owens||GBR||Crendon by Hawk||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 30.536|
|24||Jack Scott||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 30.623|
|25||Tim Neave||GBR||McAMS||Yamaha R1||1m 31.378|
|26||Bradley Perie||GBR||VisionTrack Racng||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 33.244|
|27||Liam Delves||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 33.996|