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Apr 5, 2013

Byrne Fastest In British Superbike Practice Friday At Brands Hatch

British Superbike Championship: Shane Byrne (67) in action on his Kawasaki ZX-10R Superbike Friday at Brands Hatch.

British Superbike Championship Brands Hatch Indy Circuit April 5, 2013 Free Practice Two Results (all on Pirelli tires): 1. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 46.787 2. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 46.873 3. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 47.096 4. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), 47.311 5. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 47.325 6. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 47.361 7. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), 47.564 8. Karl Harris, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 47.571 9. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), 47.748 10. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 47.887 11. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 47.980 12. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), 48.037 13. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 48.074 14. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 48.140 15. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), 48.182 16. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 48.239 17. Robbin Harms, Denmark (Hon CBR1000RR), 48.330 18. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199R), 48.528 19. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 48.529 20. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 48.668 21. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 49.159 22. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 49.194 23. Luke Quigley, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 49.497 24. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), 49.545

Results for other American riders competing at Brands Hatch:

Tommy Aquino was unofficially 30th out of 58 riders in 1000cc Superstock provisional qualifying Friday. Aquino did a 49.138-second lap on his WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R, compared to the fastest time of 47.953 seconds, which was done by John McGuinness on his Honda CBR1000RR.

Jayson Uribe was 26th out of 27 riders in Monster Energy British Motostar free practice two. Uribe did a lap of 1:03.317 on his Cresswell Racing Honda compared to the fastest time of 53.827 seconds, which was recorded by Redline KTM's Tarran MacKenzie.

Michael Corbino was 18th out of 24 riders during the one and only Triumph Triple Challenge practice Friday. Corbino's time of 58.709 seconds trailed the fastest time of 54.062 seconds, which was set by Freddy Pett. All riders use Triumph Daytona 675Rs in the Triumph Triple Challenge.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki’s Shane Byrne got his MCE Insurance British Superbike title defence off to a flying start at Brands Hatch today as he set the pace following the opening two free practice sessions ahead of Sunday’s opening races. The rider from nearby Sittingbourne sat out the morning session due to the cold conditions, but fired himself back to the top of the times in the second session. Byrne said: “It was a bit frustrating this morning – I was like a kid at Christmas wanting to play! This afternoon I feel happier as we have done some laps and I am feeling positive that it can only get better now before Sunday.” Returning triple champion Ryuichi Kiyonari also sat out the morning session, but in the afternoon was quickly on the pace, topping the times at the half-way point of free practice two before ending in fourth place overall. Two young-guns separated the triple champions after the second free practice session as Alex Lowes pushed the Samsung Honda to the second fastest time and Tommy Bridewell proved that he will be back in contention with the Bathams Honda squad in third.

James Ellison lapped consistently aboard the Milwaukee Yamaha to be fifth overall on his return to the Championship, only 0.036secs faster than last year’s runner-up, Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki. Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland ensured five manufacturers were represented in the top ten with his seventh fastest time.

Former multiple British Supersport champion Karl Harris on the PR Racing Kawasaki was marginally faster than Jakub Smrz aboard the Padgett’s Honda with Chris Walker completing the top ten on the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki. For more information please visit

More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:

MILWAUKEE YAMAHA BACK ON TRACK AT BRANDS HATCH Milwaukee Yamaha began their 2013 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship campaign at Brands Hatch in Kent today (Friday), however with cold conditions hampering the opening session the team made progress in the afternoon session with James Ellison and Josh Waters ending fifth and fifteenth respectively. Ellison was able to complete 28 laps this afternoon as he clocked the fifth fastest time as he returned to the SMR team, whilst Waters completed similar mileage as he continues to get to grips with the circuit as he prepares to make his race debut. Ellison said: “Today was alright to be honest but the track temperature did make things a bit sketchy, although it was the same for everyone and it is all relative. I said to my crew chief Mick (Shanley) that I wanted to be within 0.5 seconds of the fastest time this afternoon as we didn’t want to push too much in those conditions so I am happy enough. We have some big changes for tomorrow and then we will see what it brings for qualifying.” Waters said: “It has been a steady day as we didn’t really get any proper laps in this morning but I am not too worried as we have another free practice tomorrow. I think for me, I have just been getting my head around the track and once I have slept on it tonight I will be ready to push on again tomorrow. I know we can pick up some time so we just need to hope for some more dry conditions.” In the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship William Dunlop ended the opening day on track in seventeenth place. For more information visit

More, from another press release issued by MotorSport Vision:


The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, the UK’s premier motorsport series has announced a partnership with luxury watch manufacturer BRM Chronographes.

As the official timekeeper of MCE BSB, the globally-renowned BRM Chronographes logo will be identified and credited on the official live timing service at MCE BSB events and in the associated timing and data TV graphics. They will also enjoy a comprehensive package of premium marketing rights in association with the MCE BSB brand.

BRM Chronographes will provide unique trophies to the winners of the newly created BRM Vitesse Award which will record the combined best lap time performance over the qualifying practice and race elements of each MCE BSB event.

BRM Chronographes will also present a luxury V6-44-Hybride watch to each of the six MCE BSB title fighters, the winning team manager and to the Motorpoint British Supersport Champion.

In addition and in the future BRM Chronographes will produce a special limited edition BSB watch.

Stuart Higgs, MCE BSB Series Director, said: “We are very pleased to announce a new partnership with BRM Chronographes who’s heritage and passion is derived from motorsport. The BRM awards of unique trophies and luxury watches will certainly add further prestige to each event. MCE BSB Championships have recently been decided by just 0.006 of a second, highlighting the perfect association with precision timekeeping.”

Bernard Richards of BRM Chronographes said: “We are pleased to sign a partnership with one of the most important motorcycle racing championships in the world, the MCE BSB Championship. As a passionate fan of motor cycling for over forty years, when I see all the efforts for winning by just a few centimetres or to get the pole position by one thousandth of a second, I think that the spirit of competition in each of the riders is the same as what motivates us to create each BRM Chronographes product. To all, thank you very much for this partnership as the official timekeeper and watch manufacturer of MCE British Superbikes.”

The opening MCE BSB event to be timed by BRM Chronographes will be at Brands Hatch this weekend April 5/6/7.

For more information on BRM Chronographes visit For more information please visit