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BSB Knockhill Practice 3 | Glenn Irwin fastest ahead of qualifying

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Glenn Irwin, BeerMonster Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 BSB, Knockhill, action [credit - Gold & Goose]

BeerMonster Ducati’s Glenn Irwin topped the third and final British Superbike Championship practice session at Knockhill on Saturday morning as he set the quickest time of the weekend so far around the 1.269-mile venue.

A lap of 47.523s put him 0.048s ahead of the impressive Charlie Nesbitt (MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing) with Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad) in third as just three quarters of a second covered the top ten.

With overcast skies, Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) was the first to dip into the 47’s with a lap of 47.913s, and he led in the early stages from Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW), Danny Buchan (Synetiq BMW), Irwin, Haslam and Jackson’s team-mate Max Cook before Irwin took over at the top of the leaderboard with five minutes of the session gone.


Six riders were now in the 47’s as Irwin led Jackson, Buchan, Nesbitt, Haslam and Tommy Bridewell on the second BeerMonster Ducati but the short nature of the track meant positions were changing regularly and Buchan and Friday’s pace setter Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) were soon running in first and second.

Halfway though the session and it was Haslam’s turn to go quickest at 47.661s, which gave him a slender 0.055s advantage over Buchan with Ryde’s team-mate Ryan Vickers slotting in behind him in fourth. Vickers wasn’t done there either as his next lap saw him go second quickest, two tenths of a second quicker than what he’d managed on Friday.

Danny Kent was another rider having a better day and, down in 22nd on Friday, he was lapping more than half a second quicker on his Honda as he jumped up to fifth with eight minutes of the twenty-minute session remaining.

The order was now Haslam, Vickers, Buchan, Ryde, Kent and Nesbitt and with five minutes to go, Irwin moved back up to fifth with less than a tenth of a second covering the top five. That quickly became seven riders as Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) and Kent improved their times.

With a minute to go, Nesbitt went quickest with a lap of 47.571s but seconds later Irwin relegated him down a spot as he took over at the top of the leaderboard and that’s how it stayed with Haslam, O’Halloran, Vickers and Buchan completed the top six. They were followed by Jackson, Kent and Storm Stacey (Starline Racing Kawasaki) with Ryde ending up tenth.

BSB Knockhill | Practice 3 Results

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Knockhill | Free Practice 3 Results | Round 4 / 11
1Glenn IrwinGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V447.523
2Kyle RydeGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R147.553
3Charlie NesbittGBRMasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R47.571
4Leon HaslamGBRROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR47.661
5Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMSYamaha R147.667
6Ryan VickersGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R147.678
7Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR47.714
8Lee JacksonGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR47.745
9Danny KentGBRLovell Kent RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R47.751
10Storm StaceyGBRStarline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR47.782
11Josh BrookesAUSFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR47.823
12Christian IddonGBROxford RacingDucati Panigale V447.848
13Luke MosseyGBRTactix L1 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR47.871
14Jack KennedyIRLMar-Train RacingYamaha R147.895
15Tommy BridewellGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V447.937
16Dean HarrisonGBRDAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR48.204
17Peter HickmanGBRFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR48.249
18Max CookGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR48.260
19Tom NeaveGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R48.262
20Liam DelvesGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR48.262
21Bradley PerieGBRVisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR48.294
22Josh OwensGBRCrendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R48.378
23Hector BarberaESPTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R48.432
24Jack ScottGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR48.589

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