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Jul 15, 2011

Hopkins Fastest In British Superbike Practice Friday At Oulton Park

Tommy Hill (33).
British Superbike Championship
Oulton Park, England
July 15
Free Practice Two Results (all on Pirelli tires):

1. John HOPKINS (Suzuki), 1:35.446
2. Tommy HILL (Yamaha), 1:35.768
3. Gary MASON (Kawasaki), 1:36.250
4. Michael LAVERTY (Yamaha), 1:36.491
5. Josh BROOKES (Suzuki), 1:36.540
6. Shane BYRNE (Honda), 1:36.650
7. Michael RUTTER (Ducati), 1:36.796
8. James ELLISON (Honda), 1:36.953
9. Ryuichi KIYONARI (Honda), 1:36.966
10. Ian LOWRY (BMW), 1:37.017
11. Chris WALKER (Kawasaki), 1:37.101
12. Peter HICKMAN (Honda), 1:37.120
13. James WESTMORELAND (Yamaha), 1:37.124
14. Alex LOWES (Kawasaki), 1:37.201
15. Glen RICHARDS (Honda), 1:37.340, EVO
16. Scott SMART (Ducati), 1:37.647, EVO
17. Martin JESSOPP (Ducati), 1:37.691
18. Loris BAZ (Yamaha), 1:37.751
19. Graeme GOWLAND (Honda), 1:37.890, EVO
20. Barry BURRELL (BMW), 1:38.133, EVO
21. Jon KIRKHAM (Suzuki), 1:38.480
22. Patric MUFF (Honda), 1:38.589, EVO
23. James HILLIER (Kawasaki), 1:38.992, EVO
24. Joshua DAY (Kawasaki), 1:39.526, EVO
25. Jake ZEMKE (Honda), 1:40.128, EVO
26. Hudson KENNAUGH (Aprilia), 1:40.290, EVO
27. Aaron ZANOTTI (BMW), 1:40.671, EVO
28. Karl HARRIS (Aprilia), 1:41.876
29. Dan KNEEN (Kawasaki), 1:41.916, EVO

More, from a press release issued by Swan Yamaha:


The Swan Yamaha team are feeling confident that further improvements ahead of tomorrow's qualifying session at the seventh round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship will put them in a position to challenge for the pole position.

Tommy Hill led the majority of the afternoon's second session at the Cheshire circuit before he was edged to second in the closing stages; however after missing the two races here earlier in the season he was feeling positive about the progress that had been made. Michael Laverty was fourth fastest and determined that he could close the gap in order to challenge for his first pole position of the season.

Hill said: "I was quickest for most of the session this afternoon and just went to second in the final minutes so considering we are two races down at this track compared to everyone else I am quite happy. We have been working hard with the base setting we had from earlier in the season and it was a good starting point and we have a few changes to make tomorrow to help us on the brakes. Everyone will be stepping it up tomorrow so we need to do the same so we can try and put the Swan Yamaha on the pole position."

Laverty said: "I am happy with how today has gone and this morning we started from where we left off when we were here earlier in the season. Straight away the Swan Yamaha felt identical to how it was back in May and we knew which direction we needed to work on. We made some improvements to the chassis and did some good times on used tyres; there are also some areas we have identified for more improvement ahead of qualifying tomorrow."