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Easton fastest but Brookes closing in

Sunday, May 02 2010

Swan Honda's Stuart Easton set the fastest time in the final free practice session at Oulton Park ahead of this afternoon's Swan Combi Roll for Pole grid decider but HM Plant Honda's Josh Brookes closed within 0.221s as the pressure builds for qualifying.

Easton maintained his pace-setting momentum in the final session, but after running fifth yesterday Brookes left it until the final minutes to move second, as team-mate Ryuichi Kiyonari's last lap of the session put him third.

The flying HM Plant Hondas relegated Alastair Seeley back to fourth on the Relentless Suzuki by TAS, whilst Michael Laverty dropped to eighth after earlier running as high as third at the beginning of the session.

Tommy Hill was fifth fastest as he recovers from his huge high-side yesterday for the Worx Crescent Suzuki team, with Yukio Kagayama just one place adrift in sixth. Michael Rutter left it late to start his session and it wasn't until the final ten minutes that he broke into the top ten for the Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati team, as team-mate Martin Jessopp crashed at Cascades with just over ten minutes remaining.

Quay Garage Honda's Tommy Bridewell edged out the Motorpoint Yamaha of Ian Lowry for ninth, with Gary Mason the leading MSS Colchester Kawasaki in eleventh.

David Anthony and the MIST Suzuki returned to the top of the Mirror.co.uk BSB - Evo times running 18th overall, as the pace-setter from yesterday Alex Lowes crashed out Knickerbrook.

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

1.Stuart Easton (Swan Honda) 1,:36.340s
2.Josh Brookes (HM Plant Honda) +0.221s
3.Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda) +0.439s
4.Alastair Seeley (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.582s
5.Tommy Hill (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +0.629s
6.Yukio Kagayama (Worx Crescent Suzuki) +0.675s
7.Michael Rutter (Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati) +0.717s
8.Michael Laverty (Relentless Suzuki by TAS) +0.754s
9.Tommy Bridewell (Quay Garage Honda) +0.832s
10.Ian Lowry (Motorpoint Yamaha) +0.913s

The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship comes to Oulton Park this Bank Holiday weekend (1/2/3 May). For more information call 0870 950 9000 or click the link below.