Editorial Note: Americans Julian Correa and Eli Banish finished 11th and 28th respectively in British Talent Cup FP2 at Thruxton.
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O’Halloran recovered from an early crash to set Truxton’s top free practice time
Jason O’Halloran leads his Bennetts British Superbike Championship rivals in tomorrow’s eBay Sprint race at Thruxton as the McAMS Yamaha rider recovered from a crash in the first session to improve by 0.072s.
The Australian grabbed the top position in the final five minutes of the second session, where just 0.9s covered the top 15 riders. O’Halloran upped the pace to retake Peter Hickman for second. Ray’s best lap time came on the final lap of the session, moving up to second, which was enough to push MCE Ducati’s Tom Sykes out of the top three.
The former world champion had his best opening day of the season to finish fourth, ahead of Honda Racing UK’s Glenn Irwin who rounded out the top five, while Kyle Ride finished sixth under the checkered flag.
Danny Kent was the second of the former world champions to finish in the top ten, finishing seventh for the Buildbase Suzuki team, retaining his position ahead of Lee Jackson on the leading Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Kawasaki.
Tommy Bridewell was ninth in his home round for the Oxford Products Racing Ducati team, just 0.004s behind Jackson, while Ryan Vickers rounded out the top ten on Attis Sports’ FHO Racing BMW.
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, SUPERPICKS Combined Free Practices:
- Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1m:14.723s
- Bradley Ray (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.072s
- Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW) +0.164s
- Tom Sykes (MCE Ducati) +0.276s
- Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing UK) +0.421s
- Kyle Ride (Rich Energy OMG Racing Yamaha) +0.455s
- Danny Kent (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.587s
- Lee Jackson (Cheshire Moldings FS-3 Kawasaki) +0.615s
- Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +0.619s
- Ryan Vickers (FHO Racing BMW with Attis Sports) +0.710
- Taran McKenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.766s
- Leon Haslam (VisionTrack Kawasaki) +0.813s
For more information on the Bennetts British Superbike Championship visit www.britishsuperbike.com
Fastest in SUPERPICKS free training
“It was the first day at Thruxton, I had good speed on the new tires and good pace on the old tires, so I already feel very comfortable on the bike.
“In the first session we only used one tire, but we felt strong.
“I had a little tip at the end and it was my first crash of the year. I just pushed the front end into the compound, which wasn’t ideal, but the bike wasn’t damaged too much, so it was cool.
“This afternoon we just worked on the new set-up and continued to work on the races. I feel very strong and I can’t wait for tomorrow.”