Hill goes fastest in FP3

Suzuki and Honda dominate the top seven positions during FP3 around the Kent circuit
Tommy Hill became the first rider to slip beneath 46secs during the third of four practice sessions for the opening round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch.

Once again, the session was hard fought, with 16 riders once again getting to within the pace setters best time, while Alastair Seeley, Tommy Bridewell and Yukio Kagayama all enjoyed stints at the top of the timesheets in the final 15 minutes.

In the end though, a late effort of 45.926secs from Hill was enough to put him fastest on the Worx Crescent Suzuki, ahead of Bridewell, the Quay Garage Honda rider proving his rapid pace during FP2 was no fluke by going faster in second.

Swan Honda's James Ellison moved up to third position, ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Laverty, the Relentless by TAS Suzuki rider making a big improvement between sessions to move into the top five.

Kagayama and Seeley would eventually slip to sixth and seventh, ahead of Dan Linfoot in eighth, the Supersport graduate moving the Motorpoint Yamaha team into the top ten for the first time this weekend. Josh Brookes was ninth and Gary Mason tenth, the latter clinging on to the leaders despite suffering a fall in the final minute.

Outside the top ten, Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp were closely matched on the Ducatis in 11th and 12th, while Chris Walker was an impressive 14th on his first run out aboard the CW Suzuki. He was even faster than former sparring partner Neil Hodgson, the former champion in 16th position.

In the Evo category, Steve Brogan continued to lead the way by a substantial margin, the Jentin BMW rider in 13th overall, with nearest rival Pauli Pekkanen 20th on the RR Suzuki.

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Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
Tommy Hill - Worx Crescent Suzuki [pic credit: Ian Hopgood]
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Bradley Ray, Buildbase Suzuki, BSB [Credit: MSV Media]
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dave - Unregistered

April 03, 2010 7:48 PM

nowt wtf have u done. Tommy nearly got pole at Mallory last year, first time on the bike. I think he deserves the ride for that alone. The fastest in Spain. Second in P1. Second in P2. First in P3. You would be a brave man to bet against him. u plonker triumphracer

Go tommy - Unregistered

April 03, 2010 9:49 PM

Kagayama been on suzuki for years and tommy is ahead of him. U got to be able to ride the bike to get it up the front. Sad suckers on here still slating him. If anything tommy is underrated, by the people on here anyway. Bottom line is the team wanted him!!! This year is the only time he has had a competative ride. And when he stood in for yamaha in world ssp!

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