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Ellison tops hectic final MCE BSB practice at Brands Hatch

Saturday, April 18 2015

James Ellison and Ryuichi Kiyonari went head-to-head in the closing stages of the final free practice session at Brands Hatch this morning, but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider emerged ahead by just 0.149s as Datatag qualifying now beckons.

Ellison and Kiyonari had topped a session apiece on the opening day and the Buildbase BMW rider set the early pace until Donington Park race winner Ellison responded, moving ahead as the session reached the final stages. The session continued to produce incredibly close results as the top 23 riders were covered by just 0.927s ahead of the race one grid decider this afternoon.

As the pair duelled for the top position, Jakub Smrz had fired himself up to third for the Lloyds British Ducati team, displacing Josh Brookes who remained the leading Milwaukee Yamaha rider in fourth place.

Danny Buchan continued to climb the order for the Be Wiser Kawasaki team, but his final chance of an improvement was dashed by a crash at the Cooper Straight, although he was unhurt.

Buchan's improvements had pushed defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne back to fifth on the PBM Kawasaki as Christian Iddon pushed himself up to seventh for the Bennetts Suzuki team in the final ten minutes.

Stuart Easton ensured there were two PBM Kawasakis inside the top ten with eighth place ahead of Richard Cooper and Jason O'Halloran who completed the top ten for the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki and Honda Racing teams respectively.

Billy McConnell and Shaun Winfield both crashed out at Druids in separate incidents with both riders unhurt, whilst Michael Rutter nudged the Gearlink Kawasaki into the top 30, pushing out Lee Jackson, Aaron Zanotti, Jenny Tinmouth and Rhalf Lo Turco, who will qualifying 31st onwards for tomorrow's opening race after missing the cut for Datatag Qualifying.  

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, free practice combined:

  1. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 45.700s
  2. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0.149s
  3. Jakub Smrz (Lloyds British Ducati) +0.155s
  4. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.298s
  5. Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +0.370s
  6.  Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +0.389s
  7. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.438s
  8. Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +0.450s
  9. Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +0.467s
  10. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.478s