Hill again in FP3

Tommy Hill heads into Superpole as a firm favourite for pole position after continuing to exert his dominance over British Superbike Championship proceedings in third free practice at Mallory Park.

Continuing to command a comfortable margin over the competition, Hill defied overcast and windy conditions to lower his best time once again to 56.251secs, two tenths faster than closest rival – and surprise package - Richard Cooper.

Building on his impressive outing during the opening day of free practice, the Superstock rider never dropped outside the top five throughout the 50 minute session before producing a lap time good enough to put him a remarkable second.

Making him the quickest of the Cup riders by far, the Co-ordit Yamaha rider was a tenth faster than the Motorpoint/Henderson R1 of Chris Walker, the multiple race winner putting in another top five showing this weekend.

Karl Harris and Simon Andrews completed the top five for Hydrex Honda and MSS Colchester Kawasaki, ahead of Josh Brookes and John Laverty on their HM Plant and Buildbase machines.

Meanwhile, James Ellison continued to be the lead representative for Airwaves Yamaha in eighth place, but his championship leading team-mate Leon Camier is continuing to struggle with technical difficulties. He was left down in 17th having completed only a handful of laps in the latter stages.

Gary Mason on the second of the best Cup machines was ninth fastest, with Graeme Gowland rounding out the top ten.

Superpole follows later today at 15.00

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Hill, Monza WSBK 2009
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Luke Mossey, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Alastair Seeley, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Lee Jackson, Smiths Racing BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Haslam, Byrne, Mossey, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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