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Jul 5, 2013

Byrne Fastest In British Superbike Practice Friday At Snetterton

MCE British Superbike Championship: Shane Byrne (67).
MCE British Superbike Championship
Snetterton, England
July 5, 2013

Superbike Free Practice Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Shane Byrne, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:48.637
2. Josh Brookes, Australia (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:49.229
3. Alex Lowes, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:49.359
4. Ryuichi Kiyonari, Japan (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:49.421
5. James Westmoreland, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:49.424
6. Jakub Smrz, Czech Republic (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:49.545
7. PJ Jacobsen, USA (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:49.595
8. James Ellison, UK (Yam YZF-R1), 1:49.623
9. Jon Kirkham, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:49.926
10. Tommy Bridewell, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:49.994
11. Keith Farmer, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:50.359
12. Dan Linfoot, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:50.368
13. Chris Walker, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:50.433
14. Robbin Harms, Denmark (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:50.516
15. Josh Waters, Australia (Yam YZF-R1), 1:50.669
16. Matteo Baiocco, Italy (Duc 1199), 1:50.750
17. Peter Hickman, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:50.834
18. Michael Rutter, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:51.236
19. Aaron Zanotti, UK (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:51.603
20. Howie Mainwaring, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:52.151
21. Lee Costello, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:52.224
22. Danny Buchan, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:53.162
23. Martin Jessopp, UK (BMW S1000RR), 1:54.288
24. Jenny Tinmouth, UK (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:54.766

107.5% of 1:48.637 = 1:56.784

25. Michael Howarth, UK (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:56.874

Supersport Free Practice Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):
1. Billy McConnell (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:52.356
2. Alastair Seeley (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:52.445
3. Luke Mossey (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:52.494
4. Ben Wilson (Kaw ZX-10R), 1:52.521
5. Jason O'Halloran (Hon CBR600RR), 1:52.558
6. Richard Cooper (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:52.759
7. Luke Stapleford (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:53.240
8. Glenn Irwin (Yam YZF-R6), 1:53.290
9. Samuel Hornsey (Suz GSX-R600), 1:53.311
10. Glen Richards (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:53.473

Results for other Americans competing at Snetterton:

Tommy Aquino, riding his Team WD-40 Kawasaki ZX-10R, was ninth-quickest in Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship with Black Horse Qualifying Session One with a time of 1:52.656. The quickest rider in the session, Jimmy Storrar, turned a 1:51.897 on his BMW.

Jayson Uribe, riding his Rock and Sons Racing Honda, turned the 15th-fastest lap time in Monster Energy British Motostar Free Practice Two, a 2:10.483. The fastest time in the session, a 2:02.332, was turned by KTM-mounted Tarran MacKenzie.

Michael Corbino qualified 15th in the Triumph Triple Challenge, which features all riders on Triumph Daytona 675Rs. Corbino's time of 2:00.246 compares with Chrissy Rouse's pole position time of 1:56.217.

More, from a press release issued by MotorSport Vision:

Round 5 Snetterton 5-6-7 July


Free practice one:
1:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 1m:48.853s
2:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.196s
3:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +0.912s
4:Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +1.132s
5:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +1.297s
6:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +1.481s

Free practice two:
1:Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:48.637s
2:Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.592s
3:Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.722s
4:Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 0.784s
5:James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +0.787s
6:Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) +0.908s


Reigning title holder Shane “Shakey” Byrne scorched to the top of the times after the opening two free practice sessions in the heat of Snetterton as he fired a warning to his MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship title pretenders that he means business in Norfolk.

The Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider put in a best lap of 1m 48.637s as he edged out Australia’s Josh Brookes aboard the Tyco Suzuki and Alex Lowes in the dying seconds of the final session today.

Byrne admits that he still has work to do to stay ahead of the chasing pack, he said: “I love riding my bike but at the moment it feels like I am sitting on top of it rather than riding it. I hope to get that sorted so that I am really riding it in the races on Sunday. We have a package that will work, but we have to get to the bottom of it first.

“It is a case of trying and trying; we have persevered and we are making progress but there is still work to do and there is no doubt that we have made steps forwards,” added Byrne who is aiming to take the crown for a record fourth time.

Lowes is determined to fight back this weekend after a crash at Knockhill ended his run of six consecutive podium finishes and he held off his triple title-winning team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari who has celebrated the most winning success at the Norfolk circuit.

James Westmoreland fired the Buildbase BMW into fifth place as four manufacturers featured inside the top five ahead of tomorrow’s Datatag Extreme Qualifying session.

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More, from a press release issued by Milwaukee Yamaha:


Milwaukee Yamaha ended the opening day of free practice at Snetterton with James Ellison and Josh Waters in eighth and fifteenth respectively as the team continue their preparation for the fifth round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship on Sunday.

Ellison and Waters arrived at the Norfolk circuit having tested on the 300 track last week with the pair now pushing for further improvements ahead of tomorrow’s race one grid deciding qualifying session. Ellison was confident that after taking a step back he will be able to make further progress tomorrow in the final free practice session in preparation for qualifying whilst Waters is targeting his strongest performance of the season so far.

Ellison said: “We improved between the sessions today, but then this afternoon I was pushing harder and then was losing time by rushing into corners. It was a case of the harder I was trying to push the more time I was losing, so we took a step back and that definitely helped and we found a chunk of time. We have not that much to find tomorrow that would put us closer to the front guys from today and between us in the garage we have come up with some ideas so we can work towards some more improvements ahead of the races.”

Waters said: “I am feeling much better here than we did at the last round. We know there is still a gap to close but it feels more achievable now that we can make the steps forward. We made some big changes and they have kind of worked in the sense that we feel more confident and know what direction we now need to go tomorrow. It has been a combination of changes, the test here last week and me that has made the difference so hopefully we can move on again tomorrow.”

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