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Hill close to lap record pace in second practice

Saturday, April 23 2011

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill was running close to lap record pace as he topped the second free practice session of the weekend at Brands Hatch after edging out his team-mate Michael Laverty by just 0.008 seconds.

Hill said: "The Swan Yamaha is feeling good, but we know we can still do more. We did as many laps as we could as I have done less mileage than some of the other guys when I missed the test. We are feeling happy and hopefully we can continue that tomorrow for qualifying."

Ryuichi Kiyonari held the top spot for the majority of the session; he was the first rider to lap in the 45s barrier but it wasn't long until his team-mate Shane 'Shakey' Byrne had closed in as the HM Plant Hondas lay first and second for the opening ten minutes of second free practice.

Kiyonari then picked up the pace and continued to improve his lap time, leading until there were less than ten minutes remaining when local ace Hill stole the advantage as he set the fastest time of the weekend. Kiyonari was then back to second and looking like he was going to close on Hill, but he was knocked down to third in the final three minutes as Laverty made it a Swan Yamaha top two.

Byrne maintained fourth towards the closing stages as John Hopkins moved back up the order in the closing minutes to finish fifth fastest for the Samsung Crescent Racing team, whilst Dan Linfoot maintained his top ten spot in sixth.

Stuart Easton was seventh fastest on the leading MSS Colchester Kawasaki, edging out Loris Baz who put the Motorpoint Yamaha in the top ten for the first time this weekend with Gary Mason and Josh Brookes rounding out the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, free practice two result:

1.Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 45.499s
2.Michael Laverty (Swan Yamaha) +0.008s
3.Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.032s
4.Shane Byrne (HM Plant Honda) +0.037s
5.John Hopkins (Samsung Crescent Racing) +0.229s
6.Dan Linfoot (Sorrymate.com Honda) +0.295s
7.Stuart Easton (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.418s
8.Loris Baz (Motorpoint Yamaha) +0.425s
9.Gary Mason (MSS Colchester Kawasaki) +0.425s
10.Josh Brookes (Relentless Suzuki by Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.500s

Tomorrow's third free practice session for BSB starts at 10:55.

You can still purchase tickets for the Brands Hatch Easter opener of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this weekend on the gate with raceday adult admission £12 on Sunday and £30 on Monday. Children 12 and under go free. For further ticket information call 0843 453 9000 or click the link below.