JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam was the fastest rider during the official MCE British Superbike test at Silverstone today. The former World Superbike contender left it until the final session to lap a 2’06.182.
Tyco BMW’s Michael Laverty was up the sharp end for most of the afternoon sessions and made limited changes to his S1000RR after a solid base setting. Subsequently he was able to improve on his times to reach the 2’06’s, and was only 0.2s off the time of the JG Speedfit backed machine.
Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki’s Filip Backlund impressed and went into the top three, just as he did in the second test session. The Swede left his best lap until last and from out of nowhere propelled his ZX-10R into the top three in the final session, bettering his earlier time by over one second.
Laverty’s new team-mate, Christian Iddon was certainly getting to grips with the BMW, and was never outside the top ten times this afternoon, in cold and windy conditions at the historic circuit, and was only one tenth shy off the pace of the Northern Irishman.
Moto Rapido Ducati’s Danny Buchan completed the top five with a time well inside the 2’06’s and managed to out-pace, Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot, Be Wiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne, and ePayMe Yamaha’s John Hopkins on the combined time-sheets. Buildbase BMW’s Richard Cooper and Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran rounded off the top ten.
In the opening session it was Byrne and Bennetts Suzuki’s Ryuichi Kiyonari who were jostling for the accolade to be at the top of the timing-screens. The cold conditions meant that the riders out on track were around four seconds off the pace, and not everyone went out in the first session. In the end it was Kiyo who was quickest in the morning outing with a 2’09.211 followed by Smiths Racing BMW’s Jakub Smrz, who was only 0.3s off the pace, with Byrne third fastest.
In session two, returning BSB racer Leon Haslam set a 2’07.713, but in a repeat of the opening outing it was Smrz who was on the pace and bettered his previous time by two tenths, to once again go second on the sheets, but this time with an improved 2’07.798. In the final testing outing Smrz ended the day in twelfth.