Superbikes - Cadwell BSB: Kiyonari tops wet opening free practice

Samsung Honda’s Ryuichi Kiyonari was the quickest rider at Cadwell in Saturday's opening BSB free practice session.

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Cadwell BSB: Kiyonari tops wet opening free practice

In wet conditions the triple champ toppled Tyco Suzuki’s Josh Brookes off the top of the timesheets with two minutes remaining with a 1’36.080.

Aussie Brookes was the fastest rider for the majority of the session and was the one to beat after fifteen minutes, with his initial time of 1’37.003. He was able to go half a second quicker but was pipped to the post by Kiyo and had to settle for second on the timesheets with a 1'36.570.

Kiyo’s younger team-mate Alex Lowes was hovering in the top ten fastest times for most of the morning, but on his last lap as the chequered flag appeared he leaped from eighth to third quickest with a 1’36.672 lap.

Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Waters had an impressive session, as the Mildura native finished the first free practice session fourth quickest, out pacing his more experienced team-mate James Ellison by nearly two seconds. The Cumbrian rider ended the session ninth fastest.

It was the battle of the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team-mates as to who could make it into the top five times, but Byrne was two tenths of a second quicker than Keith Farmer to round off the top five with a 1’37.449.

Buildbase BMW’s James Westmoreland was only one hundredths of a second off the time set by Farmer with his best lap of 1’37.661, followed by Tyco Suzuki’s PJ Jacobsen. Halsall Racing’s Tommy Bridewell rounded off the top ten quickest laps with a 1’38.671.

FP1 times (wet conditions):

1 23 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Honda - Samsung Honda 1:36.080

2 2 Josh BROOKES AUS Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:36.570

3 22 Alex LOWES GBR Honda - Samsung Honda 1:36.672

4 21 Josh WATERS AUS Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha 1:36.953

5 67 Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:37.449

6 303 Keith FARMER GBR Kawasaki - Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:37.657

7 27 James WESTMORELAND GBR BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:37.661

8 99 PJ JACOBSEN USA Suzuki - Tyco Suzuki 1:37.837

9 77 James ELLISON GBR Yamaha - Milwaukee Yamaha 1:38.242

10 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki 1:38.671

11 68 Karl HARRIS GBR Kawasaki - PR Racing Kawasaki 1:39.075

12 10 Jon KIRKHAM GBR BMW - Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:39.701

13 39 Lee COSTELLO GBR Kawasaki - Halsall Racing Kawasaki 1:39.967

14 15 Matteo BAIOCCO ITA Ducati - Rapido Sport Racing 1:40.108

15 9 Chris WALKER GBR Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:40.317

16 11 Michael RUTTER GBR Honda - Bathams Honda 1:41.876

17 96 Jakub SMRZ CZE Honda - Padgetts Honda 1:42.953

QUALIFYING LAPTIME (107.5% of 1:36.080) = 1:43.286

18 7 Barry BURRELL GBR Kawasaki - Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:44.454

19 20 Jenny TINMOUTH GBR Honda - Two Wheel Racing 1:45.192

20 64 Aaron ZANOTTI GBR Suzuki - STEL Suzuki 1:51.181

21 43 Howie MAINWARING GBR Kawasaki - Tsingtao WKbikes Performance 1:56.222

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