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BSB Snetterton FP3 Results | Irwin leads BeerMonster Ducati 1-2 ahead of qualifying

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Glenn Irwin, BeerMonster Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4 R, PBM, 2023 BSB, Snetterton, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

BeerMonster Ducati duo Glenn Irwin and Tommy Bridewell topped the final British Superbike Championship [BSB] practice session at Snetterton on Saturday morning, with the duo the only two riders to dip below the 1’48 barrier.

Both lapped quicker than what they’d gone the day before with Friday’s pace setter Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha placing third).

Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW) set the early running with a 1’48.716, which put him just 0.013s ahead of Bridewell with Irwin, Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha), O’Halloran and Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki).


Next time around and Danny Kent (Lovell Kent Racing Honda) moved to the top of the leaderboard with a lap of 1’48.624 with local ace Ryan Vickers jumping up to fifth on the second OMG machine but Bridewell bumped them all down a place with his fourth lap of 1’48.194 putting him a healthy 0.430s clear of Kent.

Vickers was the first to respond to the Ducati riders’ rapid lap, closing to within 0.229s, and shortly afterwards O’Halloran moved up to third quickest. However, Bridewell moved the bar further as he became the first rider to lap in the 47’s in the session with a 1’47.912, which was quicker than the time he set the day before.

O’Halloran responded with a 1’48.037 and with eight minutes of the twenty-minute session to go, the running order was Bridewell, O’Halloran, Vickers, Brookes, Jackson and Kent. O’Halloran’s team-mate and Snetterton debutante Tito Rabat was running in a solid ninth.

With four minutes to go, Synetiq’s Danny Buchan moved up to fourth but whilst he was going well, the opposite was true for fellow BMW rider Leon Haslam who found himself down in 20th, very different to the day before when he ran inside the top three in both sessions. However, with just a couple of minutes to go, his first flying lap saw him leap up the order to sixth.

The final minute saw Irwin go from ninth to first with a lap of 1’47.840, some eight tenths of a second quicker than what he managed on Friday, and that put him 0.072s quicker than team-mate Bridewell. And that was how it remained with Vickers, Haslam and Buchan completing the top six.

Behind them, Brookes, Jackson, Kent and Charlie Nesbitt (MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing) rounded out the top ten. Ryde ended up 12th with Rabat one place further back.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Snetterton | FP3 Results | Round 5 / 11
1Glenn IrwinGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 47.840
2Tommy BridewellGBRBeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 47.912
3Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMSYamaha R11m 48.021
4Ryan VickersGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 48.083
5Leon HaslamGBRROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 48.214
6Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 48.409
7Josh BrookesAUSFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 48.480
8Lee JacksonGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 48.594
9Danny KentGBRLovell Kent RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 48.624
10Charlie NesbittGBRMasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 48.704
11Christian IddonGBROxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 40.880
12Kyle RydeGBRLAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 48.920
13Tito RabatESPMcAMSYamaha R11m 49.002
14Jack KennedyIRLMar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 49.073
15Max CookGBRCheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.275
16Luke MosseyGBRTactix L1 RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.307
17Tom NeaveGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 49.393
18Bradley PerieGBRVisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.441
19Jack ScottGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.496
20Hector BarberaESPTAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 49.564
21Dean HarrisonGBRDAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 49.650
22Storm StaceyGBRStarline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 50.015
23Josh OwensGBRCrendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.090
24Peter HickmanGBRFHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 50.266
25Franco BourneGBRHonda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 50.274
26Liam DelvesGBRRapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 50.428

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