Jun 25, 2013
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From a press release
issued by MotorSport Vision
MCE British Superbike Championship: Jakub Smrz (96) at Snetterton Circuit.
SMRZ SNATCHES SNETTERTON TOP TIME FROM LOWES AND BYRNE IN FINAL SECONDS
Snetterton Official test, combined times:
1. Jakub Smrz (Padgetts Honda) 1m:51.869s
2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +0.186s
3. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.409s
4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.799s
5. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +0.914s
6. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +0.946s
7. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +1.568s
8. Dan Linfoot (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +2.084s
9. Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +2.123s
10. Peter Hickman (Lloyds British GBmoto Honda) +2.386s
Czech contender Jakub Smrz set the benchmark in the official MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship test at Snetterton today (Tuesday), pushing ahead of young pretender Alex Lowes and champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in the final minute of the day as the next round on 5/6/7 July at the Norfolk circuit beckons.
Fans got an exclusive preview of the forthcoming round as Lowes set the standard initially in the sunshine on the Samsung Honda, although it wasn’t until the final session that he was able to carve ahead of Byrne’s best lap from the morning.
However, as the chequered flag came out to end the final session, a stunning last lap from Smrz saw the Padgetts Honda rider blast to the front of the pack by 0.186 seconds to head off Lowes and Byrne.
Smrz said: “I was very happy with what we have done today; I love the track because it is more like what I am used to compared to somewhere like Knockhill. I think the lap time could have been even faster but I made a few small mistakes on my last lap. I think though that we can leave this test happy as we have been able to do enough today and it will be important for when we come back here for the races.”
James Ellison fired the Milwaukee Yamaha up to fourth in the closing stages of the day as they bid to overcome the disappointment of Knockhill last time out with James Westmoreland completing the top five for Buildbase BMW.
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