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Kyle Ryde retains top spot on final day of pre-season test from Glenn Irwin, Ryan Vickers

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Kyle Ryde struck the first psychological salvo ahead of the 2024 Bennetts British Superbike Championship [BSB] season after improving his benchmark lap on the final day to top the overall official pre-season testing timesheets at Donington Park.

Riding the factory nominated OMG GRILLA Yamaha R1, Ryde improved upon his Saturday best of 1m 28.595secs during the final session of the weekend.

Clocking 1m 27.650secs, Ryde enjoyed a comfortable margin over the opposition, exerting more than half-a-second in hand over closest rival Glenn Irwin on the Hager PBM Racing Team Ducati.


Despite not participating in the final session, Irwin's best during the penultimate outing for the BSB field to hold off Ryde's team-mate Ryan Vickers, the Thetford rider ensuring two OMG GRILLA Yamaha Racing machines inside the top three.

Honda Racing UK had a strong start to proceedings too with Andrew Irwin and defending champion Tommy Bridewell filling the remainder of the top five positions, the latter gradually improving his lap times over the course of the two days as he continues to adapt to inline-four machinery.

Peter Hickman made big gains in the penultimate session on Sunday to lead the way among the BMW contingent, with Danny Kent turning in the seventh fastest time on the McAMS Racing Yamaha overall.

Jason O'Halloran maintained his status as the top Kawasaki representative on the Completely Motorbikes FS-3 Racing entry, the Australian - like Bridewell - spending the two-day test getting better acquainted with his new ZX-10RR machine.

Dean Harrison made it three official Hondas inside the top ten, the 2019 Senior TT winner turning in the ninth fastest time, while Leon Haslam took his eponymous ROKiT Haslam Racing BMW M 1000 RR to the edge of the top ten in tenth.

Elsewhere, other noteworthy performances included top Pathway entrant Alex Olsen on the Team IWR Honda in 17th, while another series returnee in Rory Skinner followed him up in 18th after contesting the first day only.

Though there weren't too many incidents over the Saturday and Sunday session, there were falls for both Josh Brookes and Charlie Nesbitt. The pair would end the test 12th and 14th respectively.

2024 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Pre-Season Testing Results, Donington Park | Combined Results after 2 Days
Pos.RiderNatTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Kyle Ryde🇬🇧OMG GRILLA Yamaha RacingYamaha R11m 27.650
2Glenn Irwin🇬🇧Hager PBM Racing TeamDucati Panigale V4 R1m 28.173
3Ryan Vickers🇬🇧OMG GRILLA Yamaha RacingYamaha R11m 28.356
4Andrew Irwin🇬🇧Honda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.467
5Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧Honda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.530
6Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.664
7Danny Kent🇬🇧McAMS RacingYamaha R11m 28.665
8Jason O'Halloran🇦🇺Completely Motorbikes FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 28.877
9Dean Harrison🇬🇧Honda Racing UKHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 28.880
10Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT Haslam Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 28.943
11Christian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford Products RacingDucati Panigale V4 R1m 29.065
12Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO Racing BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.082
13Max Cook🇬🇧Completely Motorbikes FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.225
14Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.336
15Danny Buchan🇬🇧DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.351
16Lee Jackson🇬🇧MasterMac HondaHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.539
17Alex Olsen🇬🇧Cumins by Team IWRHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 29.660
18Rory Skinner🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 29.748
19Storm Stacey🇬🇧LKQ Euro Car PartsKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 29.921
20Tom Neave🇬🇧STAUFF Fluid PowerKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.008
21Fraser Rogers🇬🇧TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.123
22Franco Bourne🇬🇧Rapid RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.658
23Jamie van Sikkelerus🇳🇱TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 30.719
24Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.739
25Luke Hedger🇬🇧Whitecliffe CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 30.841
26Lewis Rollo🇬🇧IN Competition SENCATAprilia RSV41m 33.388
27James Hillier🇬🇧WTF RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 34.043
28Louis Valleley🇬🇧NP RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.236

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