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Byrne tops day one as Smrz narrows the gap at Snetterton

Tuesday, April 08 2014

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne held his position at the top of the timesheets at Snetterton however the Millsport Ducati team closed to within 0.386s in the final MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship test session this afternoon.

The MCE BSB contenders upped the pace in the final session of the day as conditions continued to improve, with Byrne moving to the top of the times to displace Smrz from his early leading position. Smrz and the Millsport Ducati team continued to impress to hold off the leading Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki of Chris Walker who had been pushing the top of the times during the afternoon.

Ryuichi Kiyonari continued to prove that he is back to his best on his first visit to Snetterton with the Buildbase BMW team as he outpaced John Hopkins on the Tyco Suzuki in fifth. Simon Andrews and the RAF Reserves Honda team maintained their position inside the top ten in seventh ahead of Patric Muff for the Bathams BMW squad and James Westmoreland on the second Buildbase BMW. Honda Racing's Julien Da Costa showed their initial pace too this afternoon as he set the tenth fastest time on his debut at the Norfolk circuit.

The session was briefly red flagged when Howie Mainwaring crashed; the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider suffered a dislocated collarbone and will sit out tomorrow's second day in preparation for Brands Hatch.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, official test, Snetterton, session three:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 1m:48.713s
  2. Jakub Smrz (Millsport Ducati) +0.386s
  3. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +1.298s
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +1.557s
  5. John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +1.891s
  6. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +2.091s
  7. Simon Andrews (RAF Reserves Honda) +2.113s
  8. Patric Muff (Bathams BMW) +2.115s
  9. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +2.145s
  10.  Julien Da Costa (Honda Racing UK) +2.205s

For the full session results please click here