Kyle Ryde picked up from where he left off on Saturday, topping the final British Superbike Championship (BSB) free practice session at Silverstone.
Leading the way around the short National configuration of the Northamptonshire circuit by almost half a second, the LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha rider dipped below the lap record set by former team-mate and reigning champion Bradley Ray twelve months ago.
With an air temperature of just 7.5 degrees for the twenty-minute session, Ryde was the first to top the timing with a lap of 54.525s and next time around, he’d reduced that to 54.155s, with Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW), Charlie Nesbitt (MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing) and Tommy Bridewell (BeerMonster Ducati) in hot pursuit as the early leaderboard took shape.
Ryde quickly dropped into the 53s bracket with Andrew Irwin the next to follow him, the Honda Racing none the worse for his spill yesterday, but the red flag was out after six minutes when Luke went down at Maggotts.
After a ten-minute delay, the session resumed with the order reading Ryde, Andrew Irwin, Bridewell, Buchan, Nesbitt and Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) and the latter and Brookes were the early movers as they also lapped in the 53’s.
Ryde was the one making the biggest impression though and he consolidated his place at the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 53.051s, which was inside Ray’s lap record of 53.102s. He wasn’t done there either as he posted a 52.953s lap next time around.
That put him a commanding 0.741s clear of Brookes although Kennedy cut that gap to 0.697s as he slotted into second with Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha), Andrew Irwin and Bridewell completing the top six with five minutes to go.
Ryde continued to maintain his first position, but Glenn Irwin on the second Beer Monster Ducati leapt up to second with two minutes to go, reducing the gap to Ryde to 0.483s, and that was how it remained.
Further back, Brookes and Kennedy continued their good start to the season in third and fourth with Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) and Ryan Vickers on the second OMG machine showing good pace just behind. Danny Buchan (Synetiq BMW), Luke Mossey (Tactix by Lloyd & Jones BMW), Danny Kent (Lovell Kent Racing Honda) and Nesbitt rounded out the top ten.
FP2 pace setter Jason O'Halloran ended the morning session just outside the top ten in 11th
Qualifying is scheduled to get underway later today at 13:10.
2023 BSB Silverstone | Round 1 | FP3 Results
|2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Silverstone | FP3 Results | Round 1 / 11|
|1||Kyle Ryde||GBR||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||52.953|
|2||Glenn Irwin||GBR||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||53.436|
|3||Josh Brookes||AUS||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||53.482|
|4||Jack Kennedy||IRL||Mar-Train Racing||Yamaha R1||53.586|
|5||Peter Hickman||GBR||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||53.642|
|6||Ryan Vickers||GBR||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||53.683|
|7||Danny Buchan||GBR||Synetiq TAS Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||53.742|
|8||Luke Mossey||GBR||Tactix L1 Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||53.742|
|9||Danny Kent||GBR||Lovell Kent Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||53.746|
|10||Charlie Nesbitt||GBR||MasterMac by Hawk||Honda CBR1000RR-R||53.768|
|11||Jason O'Halloran||AUS||McAMS||Yamaha R1||53.863|
|12||Andrew Irwin||GBR||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||53.883|
|13||Tommy Bridewell||GBR||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||53.939|
|14||Christian Iddon||GBR||Oxford Racing||Ducati Panigale V4||54.011|
|15||Lee Jackson||GBR||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||54.013|
|16||Tom Neave||GBR||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||54.017|
|17||Storm Stacey||GBR||Starline Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||54.041|
|18||Dean Harrison||GBR||DAO Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||54.179|
|19||Hector Barbera||ESP||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||54.233|
|20||Davey Todd||GBR||Milenco by Padgetts||Honda CBR1000RR-R||54.254|
|21||Leon Haslam||GBR||ROKiT BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||54.376|
|22||Liam Delves||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||54.468|
|23||Tim Neave||GBR||McAMS||Yamaha R1||54.471|
|24||Max Cook||GBR||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||54.549|
|25||Josh Owens||GBR||Crendon by Hawk||Honda CBR1000RR-R||54.724|
|26||Jack Scott||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||54.751|
|27||Bradley Perie||GBR||VisionTrack Racng||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||54.823|
|28||Luke Hopkins||GBR||NP Motorcycles||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||57.229|