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Donington Park BSB Practice | Vickers leads Ryde in OMG Yamaha 1-2 ahead of qualifying

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Ryan Vickers, LAMI OMG Racing, Yamaha R1, 2023 BSB, Donington Park, action [Impact Images]

Ryan Vickers made it a LAMI OMG Racing 1-2 in the final British Superbike Championship free practice session at Donington Park on Saturday morning, the Yamaha rider edging out team-mate Kyle Ryde by 0.025s with Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team) placing third.

Haslam was the first to lay down a lap time at 1’29.165 and he was soon joined in the 1’29’s by championship leader Glenn Irwin (BeerMonster Ducati) and Ryde but the BMW rider upped the pace second time around with a lap of 1’28.637.

Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) slotted into fourth after five minutes of the session with Niccolo Canepa (McAMS Yamaha) behind him as both Vickers and Tommy Bridewell on the second BeerMonster Ducati also posted laps in the 1’29’s.


Back at the top of the leaderboard and Haslam’s fourth lap saw him go quicker again at 1’28.110 but Ryde almost matched his lap time, just 0.004s separating them. The Yamaha rider than went quickest though with a lap of 1’27.942 and team-mate Vickers jumped up to second, just over a tenth of a second behind.

Haslam was now in third, albeit having improved again to 1’28.095, ahead of Glenn Irwin, Charlie Nesbitt (MasterMac Honda by Hawk Racing) and Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW).

At the halfway point of the twenty-minute session, Vickers went quickest at 1.27.917 which gave him a slender 0.025s advantage over Ryde whilst further back, Nesbitt and Tommy Bridewell moved up to fourth and fifth respectively, which pushed Glenn Irwin down to sixth. That soon changed though as Jason O’Halloran overhauled both Bridewell and Irwin to take over fifth place.

The top six positions remained the same, but Haslam lapped at 1’27.951 on his final lap to close to within 0.034s of Vickers and become the third rider in the 1’27’s whilst the top ten was completed by Glenn Irwin, Storm Stacey (Starline Racing Kawasaki), Hickman and Christian Iddon (Oxford Products Racing Ducati).

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Donington Park | Combined Practice Results [FP1 + FP2 + FP3]
P/sRiderNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Ryan Vickers🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 27.917
2Kyle Ryde🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 27.942
3Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 27.951
4Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.257
5Jason O'Halloran🇦🇺McAMSYamaha R11m 28.291
6Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 28.584
7Glenn Irwin🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 28.725
8Storm Stacey🇬🇧Starline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.811
9Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.964
10Christian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 28.996
11Max Cook🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.010
12Jack Kennedy🇮🇪Mar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 29.029
13Andrew Irwin🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.059
14Niccolo Canepa🇮🇹McAMSYamaha R11m 29.087
15Lee Jackson🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.108
16Luke Mossey🇬🇧Tactix L1 RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.236
17Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.320
18Franco Bourne🇬🇧Marvel HCL RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.586
19Hector Barbera🇪🇦TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.605
20Bradley Perie🇬🇧VisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.647
21Tom Neave🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.684
22Davey Todd🇬🇧SYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.730
23Alex Olsen🇬🇧Cumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.814
24Jack Scott🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.405
25Lewis Valleley🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 30.561
26Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.226
27Michael Dunlop🇬🇧Crendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 31.790

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