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Byrne on fire as lap times continue to tumble in MCE BSB FP2

Friday, July 21 2017

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne edged closer to setting the fastest ever lap of the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit, moving ahead of Josh Brookes and John Hopkins in the final stages of the second free practice session, as the leading trio lapped under the existing record.

The session featured Byrne and Brookes swapping places at the top of the times, but as the chequered flag fell on the session it was the Be Wiser Ducati team that held the advantage by 0.418s ahead of rivals Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha.

John Hopkins proved he is ready to come out fighting this weekend with the Moto Rapido Ducati team as the American hit back again in the afternoon session to move third fastest, pushing championship leader Luke Mossey into fourth place.

Peter Hickman completed the top-five for Smiths Racing BMW, just 0.354s ahead of Leon Haslam on the second of the JG Speedfit Kawasakis.

Dan Linfoot was the leading Honda Racing contender in eighth place; his team-mate Jason O'Halloran crashed out at Paddock Hill Bend in the first 20 minutes, and although was unhurt, the bike was badly damaged and he was sidelined for the remainder of the session.

Michael Laverty was ninth fastest with Christian Iddon completing the top ten for Tyco BMW.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Free Practice two:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:24.904s
  2. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.418s
  3. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.501s
  4. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.545s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.644s
  6. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.998s
  7. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +1.015s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +1.079s
  9. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +1.252s
  10. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +1.358s

The sixth round of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Brands Hatch on July 21 - 23 for the Big Brands Bash!  For more information click HERE