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Kyle Ryde leads OMG GRILLA Yamaha 1-2 as 2024 BSB testing begins

OMG Racing-Ian Hopgood

Kyle Ryde brought the curtain up on the first laps of the 2024 British Superbike Championship [BSB] as pre-season testing kicked off with a two-day test at Donington Park.

Coming just as the teams and riders are preparing for the opening round of the season to be held on European soil at the Navarra Circuit in Spain on 20-21 April, the two-day test represents the first track action for the entire BSB field since the 2023 BSB finale in October.

With track time split between three sessions today [Saturday] with another three sessions tomorrow [Sunday], it was OMG GRILLA Yamaha Racing’s Ryde who’d shake out on top after leading the way in the second and third sessions of the day.


In what proved to be a strong show out of the box from 2022 BSB Champions OMG Racing - competing with official Yamaha UK backing for the first time - Ryde’s team-mate Ryan Vickers ran him closest, the Thetford rider just over a tenth off Ryde’s table topping 1m 28.367secs effort.

Last year’s runner-up Glenn Irwin posted the third quickest time as defending champions Hager PBM Racing Team debuted under their new moniker and management, the nine-time BSB champions - founded by the late Paul Bird - now being run by his daughter Jordan Bird.

The biggest surprise of the day, however, came from Dean Harrison, who impressed on his first official outing aboard the factory Honda CBR1000RR-R to set the fourth fastest time, placing him ahead of the manufacturer’s star signing in reigning champion Tommy Bridewell, who was sixth.

Between them sat Leon Haslam, the ex-WorldSBK rider - now racing under the Haslam Racing ROKiT banner - topping the timesheets in Session 1 but ending the day fifth overall.

Peter Hickman was the quickest of the BMW contingent in seventh place on the FHO Racing machine, while Jason O’Halloran was the fastest Kawasaki rider as he made his official debut with Completely Motorbikes FS-3 Racing. Josh Brookes and Charlie Nesbitt filled the remaining top ten positions for FHO Racing and MasterMac Honda respectively.

2024 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Pre-Season Testing Results, Donington Park | After Day 1 [Saturday]
Pos.RiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Kyle Ryde🇬🇧OMG GRILLA Yamaha RacingYamaha R11m 28.367
2Ryan Vickers🇬🇧OMG GRILLA Yamaha RacingYamaha R11m 28.484
3Glenn Irwin🇬🇧Hager PBM Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.694
4Dean Harrison🇬🇧Honda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.877
5Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT Haslam Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.880
6Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧Honda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.025
7Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.093
8Jason O'Halloran🇦🇺Completely Motorbikes FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.166
9Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.212
10Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.225
11Chrstian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford Products RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.244
12Andrew Irwin🇬🇧Honda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.276
13Lee Jackson🇬🇧MasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.351
14Danny Buchan🇬🇧DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.466
15Alex Olsen🇬🇧Cumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.539
16Danny Kent🇬🇧McAMS RacingYamaha R11m 29.869
17Max Cook🇬🇧Completely Motorbikes FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.010
18Fraser Rogers🇬🇧TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.132
19Rory Skinner🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 30.373
20Storm Stacey🇬🇧LKQ Euro Car PartsKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.546
21Jamie van Sikkelerus🇳🇱TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.658
22Lewis Rollo🇬🇧IN Competition SENCATAprilia RSV41m 30.841
23Franco Bourne🇬🇧Rapid RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.852
24Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.859
25Tom Neave🇬🇧STAUFF Fluid PowerKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.909
27Luke Hedger🇬🇧Whitecliffe CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 31.682
28James Hillier🇬🇧WTF RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.838
29Louis Valleley🇬🇧NP RacingKawasaki ZX-10RRNo Time

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