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Hopkins steals the show after free practice two at Oulton Park

Friday, September 04 2015

American John Hopkins stole the show after the MCE British Superbike Championship free practice sessions at Oulton Park, snatching the top spot on the timesheets with his penultimate lap to put the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati at the forefront ahead of tomorrow's (Saturday) Datatag Qualifying and opening race.

The battle for the top of the times had raged throughout the 45-minute session between Josh Brookes and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne - the only two riders to have already confirmed their places in the Showdown with the final four places to be decided this weekend.

Byrne had held the advantage but Brookes fought back until the dying moments of the session when the American launched to the top, pushing them both down the order.

The trio led the Be Wiser Kawasaki of Danny Buchan, who again put in a strong performance to hold off his more experienced rivals, moving ahead of Christian Iddon on the Bennetts Suzuki who had run as high as third in the session.

Luke Mossey has an outside shot of the Showdown and he was sixth fastest on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki ahead of Michael Laverty - the leading rider of the current four who currently hold a top six position in the standings but are yet to confirm their Title Fighter position.

Jack Kennedy on the Team WD-40 Kawasaki pushed ahead of ninth placed Peter Hickman - another rider who could still make the cut for the Showdown for the RAF Reserves BMW team and Richard Cooper who completed the top ten.

It was a tough session for Tommy Bridewell; he currently holds a position inside the top six but the Tyco BMW rider was eleventh fastest, just 0.043s ahead of the returning Stuart Easton and James Ellison on the leading JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

Dan Linfoot who holds seventh place in the overall standings ahead of tomorrow's opening race was 20th on the timesheets for Honda Racing.

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

  1.  John Hopkins (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) 1m:35.092s
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.054s
  3. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +0.203s
  4. Danny Buchan (Be Wiser Kawasaki) +0.379s
  5. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.607s
  6. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +0.639s
  7. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.665s
  8. Jack Kennedy (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +0.824s
  9. Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +0.875s
  10. Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +0.899s