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Sep 7, 2018

British Superbike: Bradley Ray Fastest, Top 19 Covered By Less Than One Second In FP2 At Silverstone

Bradley Ray (28). Photo courtesy of MotorSport Vision Racing.

Editorial Notes:

American James Rispoli, riding his Everquip Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, was fourth-fastest in British Supersport FP2 with a lap time of 56.591 seconds. Benjamin Currie set the fastest time in the session, 56.400 seconds, on a Gearlink Kawasaki ZX-6R.

American Brandon Paasch, riding his Microlise Cresswell Racing Mahindra, was sixth-fastest in British Motostar FP2 with a lap time of 1:01.257. Storm Stacey set the fastest lap time in the session, 1:00.499, on a FPW Racing KTM.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Silverstone Circuit, England

September 7, 2018

Free Practice Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. Bradley Ray, UK (Suzuki), 53.876 seconds

2. Jake Dixon, UK (Kawasaki), 54.003

3. Christian Iddon, UK (BMW), 54.064

4. Jason O'Halloran, UK (Honda), 54.198

5. Glenn Irwin, UK (Ducati), 54.259

6. Leon Haslam, UK (Kawasaki), 54.299

7. Peter Hickman, UK (BMW), 54.365

8. Gino Rea, UK (Suzuki), 54.382

9. Tarran Mackenzie, UK (Yamaha), 54.407

10. Michael Laverty, UK (BMW), 54.422

11. Luke Mossey, UK (Kawasaki), 54.460

12. Dan Linfoot, UK (Honda), 54.465

13. James Ellison, UK (Yamaha), 54.467

14. Andrew Irwin, UK (Ducati), 54.472

15. Richard Cooper, UK (Suzuki), 54.486

16. Danny Buchan, UK (Kawasaki), 54.523

17. Josh Brookes, Australia (Yamaha), 54.551

18. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Ducati), 54.563

19. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW), 54.786

20. Mason Law, UK (Kawasaki), 55.092

21. Dean Harrison, UK (Kawasaki), 55.418

22. Sylvain Barrier, France (BMW), 55.437

23. Fraser Rogers (Kawasaki), 55.566

24. Shaun Winfield, UK (Yamaha), 55.778

25. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Kawasaki), 56.044

26. Luke Hedger, UK (BMW), 56.118

27. Tom Neave, UK (Suzuki), 56.391

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision Racing:

Ray leads the way with the top 19 covered by 0.9s ahead of Silverstone race one!

Bradley Ray stormed to the top of the times after the opening day of Bennetts British Superbike Championship free practice at Silverstone as the Buildbase Suzuki rider bids to secure his place in the Showdown ahead of tomorrow’s opening race.

Ray holds fifth place in the standings ahead of the triple-header on the 1.64-mile National circuit to decide the top six and the 21-year-old held off Jake Dixon by just 0.127s for the top spot in the closing stages of the afternoon session.

Christian Iddon fired himself to into third place for Tyco BMW; he holds a 15 point deficit to Peter Hickman in sixth place in the standings ahead of race one and held off Jason O'Halloran for Honda Racing who also is bidding for a shot at the Showdown.

Glenn Irwin picked up his pace to set the fifth fastest time for the Be Wiser Ducati team ahead of Leon Haslam heroically bounced back from a huge crash in the opening session to set the sixth fastest time ahead of Peter Hickman. The Smiths Racing BMW rider holds the final place in the top six ahead of race one, but with just seven points between himself and Danny Buchan, who ended the day 16th, he is determined to keep his FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rival behind him.

Gino Rea had a strong session for OMG Suzuki in eighth place with Tarran Mackenzie and Michael Laverty completing the top ten, with Showdown contender Josh Brookes sidelined with a technical problem which ruled him out after only ten laps of the session and put him 17th after the 2015 champion topped the opening morning session.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Free Practice 1:

1.Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) 54.395s

2.Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.061s

3.Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.244s

4.James Ellison (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.292s

5.Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.293s

6.Tommy Bridewell (Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.298s

7.Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.307s

8.Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.432s

9.Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.458s

10.Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.489s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Free Practice 2:

1.Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 53.876s

2.Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.127s

3.Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.188s

4.Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.322s

5.Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.383s

6.Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.423s

7.Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.489s

8.Gino Rea (OMG Suzuki) +0.506s

9.Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.531s

10.Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.546s

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