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Thruxton BSB Friday Practice | O'Halloran picks up where he left off, Mossey impresses

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Jason O'Halloran, McAMS Yamaha, Yamaha R1, 2023 BSB, Thruxton, action [credit - Tim Keeton/Impact Images]

Jason O'Halloran assumed position at the head of the timesheets as Round 7 of the 2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] kicked off with Friday Practice at Thruxton.

The Australian has made high-speed Hampshire venue something of a speciality in recent years having won all three races in 2021 before claiming two more during last year's event.

As such, he was quickly up to speed as the 2023 event got underway, the McAMS Yamaha rider topping both FP1 and FP2, the latter of which delivered the quickest time of the day with a 1m 15.380s effort.


He headed up the in-form Danny Kent, the 2015 Moto3 World Champion - who scored his maiden BSB podium at Thruxton with Buildbase Suzuki in 2021 - going second fastest on his eponymous Honda CBR1000RR-R as he carried the momentum through from his pair of top three finishes last time out at Brands Hatch.

In third place, Luke Mossey - another rider with strong credentials at Thruxton after scoring a first career podium here back in 2015 - was in fine fettle to put the Tactix L1 BMW up into third place, ahead of top Kawasaki rider Lee Jackson on the FS-3 Racing ZX-10RR.

Charlie Nesbitt impressed again on the MasterMac Hawk Honda up in fifth place as the top rookie, ahead of the experienced Jack Kennedy on the Mar-Train Yamaha, while Christian Iddon - fresh from his first podium of the year at Brands Hatch - ended his day in seventh place.

Of the anticipated title contenders, Glenn Irwin and Tommy Bridewell have work to do after ending their respective afternoons in eighth and ninth, with rival Kyle Ryde on the LAMI OMG Yamaha rounding out the top ten.

His team-mate, meanwhile, suffered a fall at Campbell but was unhurt, the Brands Hatch race winner down in 13th at the flag.

Other 2023 BSB front-runners to endure tough starts to the weekend included Leon Haslam in 15th on the ROKiT BMW and Josh Brookes, the FHO BMW rider only 19th.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Thruxton | Combined Friday Practice Results | Round 7 / 11
Pos.RiderNat.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Jason O'Halloran🇦🇺McAMSYamaha R11m 15.380
2Danny Kent🇬🇧LKRHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 15.572
3Luke Mossey🇬🇧Tactix L1 RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 15.733
4Lee Jackson🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 15.796
5Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 15.798
6Jack Kennedy🇮🇪Mar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 15.799
7Christian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 15.816
8Glenn Irwin🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 15.910
9Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 15.929
10Kyle Ryde🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 15.950
11Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 15.961
12Danny Buchan🇬🇧SYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 15.984
13Ryan Vickers🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 16.064
14Dean Harrison🇬🇧DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 16.160
15Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 16.190
16Max Cook🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 16.264
17Storm Stacey🇬🇧Starline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 16.515
18Bradley Perie🇬🇧VisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 16.796
19Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 16.798
20Franco Bourne🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 16.802
21Jack Scott🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 16.806
22Tom Neave🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 16.910
23Tito Rabat🇪🇦McAMSYamaha R11m 17.033
24Hector Barbera🇪🇦TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 17.062
25Josh Owens🇬🇧Crendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 17.062
26Lewis Valleley🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 18.728
27Matt Truelove🇬🇧TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 18.737

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