A familiar name returned to the top of the MCE British Superbike Championship timesheets during the fourth and final free practice session of the Brands Hatch weekend, with former champion Ryuichi Kiyonari going quickest ahead of qualifying.

In a session that started out wet but began to dry as the clock wound down, although Kiyonari remained comfortably adrift of Tommy Hill's best lap from Saturday, the HM Plant rider was still some three tenths faster than nearest rival, Honda counterpart James Ellison.

Ellison's best time came in the final minute as he displaced Motorpoint Yamaha's Dan Linfoot from second place, the youngster once again getting the better of experienced team-mate Neil Hodgson, the former champion down in 19th.

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Alastair Seeley maintained his presence towards the front of the field in fourth, ahead of Josh Brookes on the second HM Plant machine, while Adam Jenkinson led the way for Kawasaki on his Buildbase entry in sixth.

Michael Laverty was seventh fastest, ahead of the PR Racing Yamaha of Luke Jones and the Aprilia of Chris Burns, the Splitlath man proving the quickest of the Evo runners.

Qualifying for the 37-strong field will take place later today.