Leon Haslam topped the time sheets in the final British Superbike Championship practice session at Thruxton on Saturday morning, the ROKiT BMW Motorrad rider finishing 0.219s ahead of Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) and Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha).
A short period of drizzle earlier had left the 2.35-mile circuit damp, but the warm air temperatures meant it rapidly dried, and Haslam was quickly on the pace, a lap of 1’15.603s some half a second quicker than what he’d managed the day before.
That put him initially a quarter of a second clear of Ryde before Jackson moved into second, the third rider to lap in the 1’15’s and 0.219s adrift of Haslam. Jackson’s team-mate Max Cook, Luke Mossey (Tactix by Lloyd & Jones BMW) and Ryan Vickers on the second OMG machine were the early top six.
However, most of the riders were soon back in pit lane as the drizzle re-appeared after just eight minutes of the 20-minute session, Glenn Irwin (BeerMonster Ducati) and Tito Rabat (McAMS Yamaha) just two riders remaining out on track.
They were soon back in the garages too though as the drizzle turned into a heavy shower and only a handful of riders ventured back out on track.
That meant the top six remained the same with Danny Buchan (Synetiq BMW) placing seventh ahead of Bradley Perie (Lee Hardy Racing Kawasaki), another rider to lap half a second quicker, with Irwin and Friday’s pace setter Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) completing the top ten.
|2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Thruxton | FP3 Results | Round 7 / 11|
|1||Leon Haslam||GBR||ROKiT BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 15.603|
|2||Lee Jackson||GBR||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 15.822|
|3||Kyle Ryde||GBR||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 15.852|
|4||Max Cook||GBR||Cheshire Mouldings FS-3||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 15.893|
|5||Luke Mossey||GBR||Tactix L1 Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 16.062|
|6||Ryan Vickers||GBR||LAMI OMG Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 16.136|
|7||Danny Buchan||GBR||SYNETIQ BMW Motorrad||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 16.210|
|8||Bradley Perie||GBR||VisionTrack Racng||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 16.210|
|9||Glenn Irwin||GBR||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 16.279|
|10||Jason O'Halloran||AUS||McAMS||Yamaha R1||1m 16.315|
|11||Storm Stacey||GBR||Starline Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 16.476|
|12||Charlie Nesbitt||GBR||MasterMac by Hawk||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 16.506|
|13||Tommy Bridewell||GBR||BeerMonster PBM||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 16.605|
|14||Tom Neave||GBR||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 16.611|
|15||Danny Kent||GBR||Lovell Kent Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 16.922|
|16||Josh Brookes||AUS||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 17.232|
|17||Hector Barbera||ESP||TAG Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 17.265|
|18||Christian Iddon||GBR||Oxford Racing||Ducati Panigale V4||1m 17.332|
|19||Tito Rabat||ESP||McAMS||Yamaha R1||1m 17.361|
|20||Jack Kennedy||IRL||Mar-Train Racing||Yamaha R1||1m 17.396|
|21||Franco Bourne||GBR||Honda Racing||Honda CBR1000RR-R||1m 17.530|
|22||Peter Hickman||GBR||FHO Racing||BMW M 1000 RR||1m 17.880|
|23||Dean Harrison||GBR||DAO Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 18.495|
|24||Jack Scott||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 18.495|
|25||Louis Valleley||GBR||Rapid CDH Racing||Kawasaki ZX-10RR||1m 19.397|