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Easton edges out Suzuki rivals in first practice

Saturday, May 01 2010

Swan Honda's Stuart Easton set the pace in the opening free practice session at Oulton Park this morning to edge out Worx Crescent Suzuki's Tommy Hill who elevated himself to second on his final lap.

Easton on the lone Swan Honda edged out Relentless Suzuki's Alastair Seeley who had set the pace with just over ten minutes of the session remaining and then improved further to assert his authority. Seeley dropped to third following Hill's fastest lap of the session in the dying moments.

Ian Lowry had an impressive start with the Motorpoint Yamaha team and headed the timesheets for the majority of the first practice session, setting the pace with 30 minutes remaining on the clock, before he dropped back to fourth. He was unable to improve his time in the final seven minutes of the session after he crashed out at Knickerbrook.

Ryuichi Kiyonari was the leading HM Plant Honda in fifth on his return to the circuit, edging out Japanese rival Yukio Kagayama in the final seconds of the session to nudge the Worx Crescent Suzuki back to sixth.

Martin Jessopp was seventh for the Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati team, with team-mate Michael Rutter running in the top three in the early stages but later dropping back to tenth to edge Josh Brookes out of the top ten.

Chris Walker was the fastest of the MSS Colchester Kawasakis in 13th on his debut with the team, with David Anthony continueing to set the pace in the Mirror.co.uk BSB - Evo class in 17th overall for the MIST Suzuki squad.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, free practice one:

1. Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) 1m:37.091s
2. Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +0.421s
3. Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.620s
4. Ian Lowry (Motorpoint Yamaha) +0.645s
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.685s
6. Yukio Kagayama (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +0.869s
7. Martin Jessopp (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +0.685s
8. John Laverty (Buildbase Kawasaki) +1.154s
9. Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +1.217s
10. Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +1.221s

The next round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship comes to Oulton Park on 1/2/3 May. For more information and to book call 0870 950 9000 or click the link below.