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Hill fastest as Haga closes in third

Sunday, May 06 2012

MCE British Superbike champion Tommy Hill set the pace in the final free practice session after displacing Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki's Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in the final minute as the riders prepare for this afternoon's qualifying and opening race.

Hill was at the top of the times in the early stages, before Byrne fired himself fastest with less than five minutes remaining; however the Swan Yamaha rider stole the advantage in the dying seconds. His team-mate Noriyuki Haga had his best performance in free practice by ending third fastest as his last lap put him ahead of Josh Brookes and Michael Laverty.

The second Tyco Suzuki of Alastair Seeley was sixth ahead of Chris Walker who again pushed into the top eight on the Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki. Alex Lowes was eighth ahead of Tommy Bridewell and Stuart Easton who rounded out the top ten.

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

  1. Tommy Hill (Swan Yamaha) 1m:36.322s
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.311s
  3. Noriyuki Haga (Swan Yamaha) +0.770s
  4. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +0.801s
  5. Michael Laverty (Samsung Honda) +0.956s
  6. Alastair Seeley (Tyco Suzuki) +0.962s
  7. Chris Walker (Pr1mo Bournemouth Kawasaki) +1.072s
  8. Alex Lowes (WFR Honda) +1.100s
  9. Tommy Bridewell (Supersonic BMW) +1.137s
  10. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +1.178s

 The MCE BSB qualifying session gets underway at 12:55 with race one at 16:35.

The 2012 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship returns to Oulton Park this May Bank Holiday weekend (5/6/7 May). Tickets are available on the gate for £13 on Sunday and £30 on Monday with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information or to book visit www.oultonpark.co.uk or call 0843 453 4000.