Hydrex Honda maintained their impressive start to the new British Superbike season by once again going quickest in the second free practice session of the day at Brands Hatch.

Karl Harris was their leading contender, the 'Bomber' hitting the top of the timesheets with 15 minutes of the 40 minute session remaining to edge team-mate Stuart Easton by four hundredths of a second.

Although slightly slower than his earlier effort, both Harris and Easton look comfortable in front having completed just six and nine laps respectively.

HM Plant stand-in Steve Plater might have hoped for a better result had he not taken a tumble at Graham Hill Bend, although his lap of 46.825secs was still good enough for third.

Airwaves Yamaha, meanwhile, will be pleased to see Leon Camier getting to grips with his new R1, the three-time race winner up to fourth on the previously untested machine this afternoon, just a tenth off the leaders. Team-mate James Ellison, however, was down in 27th, as he continued to work on development of the bike.

French pair Sylvain Guintoli and Julien Da Costa made it four manufacturers inside the top six for Worx Crescent Suzuki and MSS Colchester Kawasaki, the latter making a big improvement on his previous best time to jump from 17th to sixth.

Gary Mason was once again in top form on the Mirror.co.uk Cup Quay Garage Honda, although he did prompt a late red flag when he was forced to stop with an oil leak. Nonetheless, he was ahead of factory Honda rider Glen Richards, as well as Rob Mac Racing Yamaha pair Michael Rutter and Chris Walker in eighth, ninth and tenth.

Elsewhere, in addition to Plater, Ian Lowry managed just four laps before falling from his Relentless Suzuki early on in the session.

One more 30-minute practice session remains today at 15.50.