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Airwaves Yamaha's Leon Camier has, predictably, set the fastest time in this morning's opening British Superbike free practice session at Croft with only the Hydrex Hondas of Stuart Easton and Tommy Hill keeping him honest.

Camier's 1'21.151 lap was three tenths ahead of Easton while Hill, who has never ridden the red and yellow Fireblade before, was a further three tenths in arrears as Quay Garage Honda's Gary Mason put in a quick lap five minutes from the end to finish another three-tenths back of Hill.

The second Airwaves Yamaha of James Ellison opened proceedings with a 1'23.040, with Mason, Easton and MSS Colchester Kawasaki's Simon Andrews occupying the rest of the top four.


With seven minutes gone, Ellison lowered the bar by three tenths and then took a firm hold of the top spot with a 1'22.326 as Andrews pulled himself up to second, lapping just a tenth slower and Camier sat in third on a 1'22.748.

Two minutes later, Camier hit the front and dipped under the 1'22 barrier, lapping in 1'21.823 at the start of a run which ended with him going down to a 1'21.528.

With 35 minutes to go, Hill began his climb up the sheets, going into 13th position and then knocking Buildbase Kawasaki's John Laverty out of fifth place with a 1'22.891 while team-mate Easton snatched second place with a 1'21.661.

Andrews looked set to cement his third place with a 1'22.123 but HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes had other ideas as he first shot up to fourth fastest and then took third with a 1'22.084. Camier, meanwhile, had set a 1'21.183 with 20 minutes to go.

With just 15 minutes left, Camier set the fastest lap of the session as Hill replaced Brookes for third and Mason popped into fourth, demoting the Australian further. Easton's final lap of the session saw him make second his own.

Andrews ended up in sixth place, a fraction under a second off the pace with Ellison and Relentless Suzuki's Ian Lowry rounding off a theoretical second row. Laverty and HM Plant Honda stand-in rider Ryuichi Kiyonari complete the top ten.
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