Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes only needed five laps to set the fastest time in the final MCE British Superbike free practice session at a very wet Silverstone circuit.
The title challenger and current lap record holder set a 2’40.980 and was the only rider to reach the 2’40 barrier this morning. Elsewhere after only four minutes out on track Buildbase BMW’s Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed at Stowe, succumbing to the wet and dark conditions. Fortunately the fastest rider in yesterday’s session was declared OK at the track side.
Kiyonari was not the only rider to fall - while riding high in second on the sheets Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Howie Mainwaring crashed at Copse but managed to walk away with 30 minutes remaining. Gearlink Kawasaki’s Ben Wilson also took a tumble – but this time at Vale.
GBmoto Kawasaki’s James Ellison had a steady session and a 2’42.076 was enough to place him third overall, and was 0.9 seconds quicker than Showdown rider and team-mate Chris Walker. Milwaukee Yamaha’s Tommy Bridewell left it till the final ten minutes of the session before he made his way out of the pits, and a 2’44.590 was enough for a top five time, followed by Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Stuart Easton and wet weather specialist, Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Waters.
Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Dan Linfoot was the only title fighter who failed to make it out on the garage, and the currently championship leader, Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne could only manage a time that placed him 14th on the timing-screens.
Returning British Superbike rider, Robbin Harms binned his bike at Farm, but was uninjured. Also Halsall Racing’s Jon Kirkham fell into the gravel at Copse, but walked away from the incident. The Derby rider managed to hold on to eighth on the sheets, with Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland and Wilson rounding off the top ten.