Superbikes - Brands BSB: Byrne sets mark in FP2

Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Shane Byrne set down a marker for this afternoon's qualifying session by finishing the final MCE British Superbike free practice session as fastest.

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Brands BSB: Byrne sets benchmark in second free practice

Samsung Honda's Alex Lowes set an early bench mark in the session, which was the fastest lap of the weekend at the time, and went on to better his lap time moments later to a 1'26.340. However, this wasn't enough to hold on to quickest, as Milwaukee Yamaha's James Ellison went over a tenth of a second quicker to head the time sheets with under five minutes remaining.

Local hero, Byrne, posted fastest sector times in one, two and three and consequently posted the fastest time of the session and the weekend, a 1'26.025, just over half a second shy of the lap record held by Josh Brookes.

Buildbase BMW's James Westmoreland continued the good form he showed this morning, ending the final practice session in fourth place, ahead of Snetterton race winner, Josh Brookes. Westmoreland's teammate Jon Kirkham ended the session in sixth, 0.681 of a second adrift of Shakey's fastest time.

Samsung Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari jumped up to seventh in the closing stages of the session, with his lap time of 1'26.874. The Japanese rider ended 0.179 ahead of fellow Showdown challenger, Chris Walker. Rounding out the top ten was Michael Rutter and Jakub Smrz.

The only faller throughout the session was Australian Josh Waters. The Milwaukee Yamaha rider tipped off at Sheene Curve but despite getting the bike back, the team were unable to repair his R1 and the Aussie will be on the back foot going into qualifying, still desperate for time on track with this being his first visit to the GP circuit.

FP2 times:

1 67 Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:26.025 18 19 101.82

2 77 James ELLISON GBR Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha 1:26.202 12 16 0.177 0.177 101.61

3 22 Alex LOWES GBR Honda - Samsung Honda 1:26.340 10 16 0.315 0.138 101.45

4 27 James WESTMORELAND GBR BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:26.502 18 18 0.477 0.162 101.26

5 2 Josh BROOKES AUS Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:26.519 17 19 0.494 0.017 101.24

6 10 Jon KIRKHAM GBR BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:26.706 13 13 0.681 0.187 101.02

7 23 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Honda - Samsung Honda 1:26.874 6 20 0.849 0.168 100.83

8 9 Chris WALKER GBR Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:27.053 11 17 1.028 0.179 100.62

9 11 Michael RUTTER GBR Honda - Bathams Honda 1:27.295 14 14 1.270 0.242 100.34

10 96 Jakub SMRZ CZE Honda - Padgetts Honda 1:27.300 14 14 1.275 0.005 100.34

11 4 Dan LINFOOT GBR Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 1:27.304 3 15 1.279 0.004 100.33

12 68 Karl HARRIS GBR Kawasaki - PR Racing Kawasaki 1:27.305 11 17 1.280 0.001 100.33

13 43 Howie MAINWARING GBR Kawasaki - MH Kawasaki 1:27.617 12 12 1.592 0.312 99.97

14 39 Lee COSTELLO GBR Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki 1:27.793 12 17 1.768 0.176 99.77

15 60 Peter HICKMAN GBR Honda - Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 1:28.153 8 17 2.128 0.360 99.37

16 99 PJ JACOBSEN USA Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:28.352 20 20 2.327 0.199 99.14

17 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR BMW - Riders Motorcycles 1:28.592 13 14 2.567 0.240 98.87

18 64 Aaron ZANOTTI GBR Suzuki - STEL Suzuki 1:28.648 12 12 2.623 0.056 98.81

19 21 Josh WATERS AUS Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha 1:28.671 4 7 2.646 0.023 98.79

20 303 Keith FARMER GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:28.765 12 13 2.740 0.094 98.68

21 15 Matteo BAIOCCO ITA Ducati - Rapido Sport Racing 1:28.942 12 17 2.917 0.177 98.48

22 83 Danny BUCHAN GBR Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:28.967 14 18 2.942 0.025 98.46

23 20 Jenny TINMOUTH GBR Honda - Two Wheel Racing 1:29.624 11 13 3.599 0.657 97.73

24 14 Michael HOWARTH GBR Kawasaki - MH Kawasaki 1:30.966 14 17 4.941 1.342 96.29

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