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Hopkins leads the way in official MCE BSB test

Wednesday, June 07 2017

John Hopkins and the Moto Rapido Ducati team had a strong start to the morning at the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship official test at Snetterton as the American topped the times ahead of lunch at the Norfolk circuit.

The American edged out fellow Ducati rider Glenn Irwin in the second session of the morning as he returned to the UK ahead of next weekend's fourth round of the season at Knockhill. The team used the opening sessions this morning to focus on some electronic updates to help with power delivery.

Jake Dixon was third fastest as he arrived at the RAF Reserves Kawasaki team's home round following his impressive top ten finish as a wildcard in the recent World Superbike Championship event.

Honda Racing's Jason O'Halloran equalled the time of Dixon, 0.031s ahead of Lloyd and Jones PR BMW's Jakub Smrz and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, who had topped session one but had suffered a technical issue in the second session which curtailed his run early.

Dan Linfoot had a positive session in seventh ahead of Luke Mossey on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki; the local contender had shared his machine with team-mate Leon Haslam after the team experienced technical issues with the Kawasaki of the championship leader.

Billy McConnell completed the top ten for the Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki team, narrowly pushing Tommy Bridewell to eleventh place.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Official Test, session one:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:50.448s
  2. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.295s
  3. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.339s
  4. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.894s
  5. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +1.224s
  6. Jakub Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR BMW) +1.307s
  7. Tommy Bridewell (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +1.691s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +1.760s
  9. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +1.772s
  10. Billy McConnell (Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki) +2.556s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Official Test, session two:

  1. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) 1m:49.726s
  2. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.009s
  3. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +0.115s
  4. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.115s
  5. Jakub Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR BMW) +0.146s
  6. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.369s
  7. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.550s
  8. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.553s
  9. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.049s
  10. Billy McConnell (Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki) +1.285s