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Brookes retaliates by topping free practice two

Friday, July 06 2012

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes was pipped to the top spot in the opening session but the Australian retaliated in second free practice to top the times and displace the hard-charging Alex Lowes on the WFR Honda.

Brookes had once again started the session strongly before team-mate Alastair Seeley and then WFR Honda's Lowes moved fastest with 20 minutes remaining. The Tyco Suzuki of Brookes then upped the pace again to push Lowes back to second whilst Tommy Hill moved into the top three but in the closing stages dropped to sixth on the leading Swan Yamaha.

Seeley moved back into third in the final ten minutes as Scott Smart again showed his pace in the wet conditions to end the session fourth fastest for the Moto Rapido team. Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was the leading Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki in fifth as Stuart Easton also returned to the track. James Westmoreland was the second WFR Honda inside the top ten in seventh ahead of Michael Rutter and Michael Laverty. Gary Mason on the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki completed the top ten to edge out Noriyuki Haga and Jon Kirkham.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, free practice two result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 1m:48.494s
  2. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +0.263s
  3. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +0.530s
  4. Scott Smart (Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.590s
  5. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.687s
  6. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) +0.900s
  7. James Westmoreland (WFR Honda) +1.013s
  8. Michael Rutter (MSS Bathams Kawasaki) +1.420s
  9. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +1.453s
  10. Gary Mason (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.455s

The triple-header next round of the 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on 6/7/8 July. Adult tickets cost £13 on qualifying day (Saturday) and £30 on race day (Sunday)    with children aged 12 and under free.