Josh Brookes has moved to the top of the British Superbike Championship reckoning in time for qualifying following third free practice at Silverstone, though it was second place man Loris Baz that arguably stole the headlines.

Going some way to repaying Rob McElnea's faith in him, the Frenchman - competing in only his second BSB event - leapt up to second position during the closing stages aboard the Motorpoint Yamaha.

Even so, he remained three tenths adrift of HM Plant Honda's Brookes, who was fastest for from the off around the Northamptonshire circuit.

FP2 pace setter and championship leader Tommy Hill was fourth fastest, behind title rival Michael Laverty, but did himself no favours with a crash towards the beginning of the session. Of the remaining title fighters, Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Rutter were fifth and sixth, while Alastair Seeley recovered from yesterday's crash in 15th.

James Ellison, Simon Andrews, Dan Linfoot and Gary Mason completed the top ten, while Evo champion-elect Steve Brogan was fastest of the 'B class' riders in 16th overall.