Hill quickest at Oulton Park

The early championship leader leads the way from Michael Laverty, Josh Brookes and Loris Baz for a Yamaha 1-2-4.
Swan Yamaha moved to the top of the timesheets during the second British Superbike free practice session of the weekend at Oulton Park, Tommy Hill leading Michael Laverty.

Brands Hatch winner Hill lapped more than a second faster than morning pace setter Josh Brookes to emerge a similarly impressive seven tenths quicker than Laverty on the sister Yamaha YZF-R1.

Brookes moved up in the latter stages to go third fastest, ahead of Loris Baz, Stuart Easton and Gary Mason, the MSS Colchester Kawasaki pair enjoying a strong start to their Oulton Park weekend.

Jon Kirkham was seventh fastest ahead of the two HM Plant Hondas, Ryuichi Kiyonari – who suffered a mechanical issue late on – marginally quicker than Shane Byrne. Peter Hickman rounded out the top ten on the best of the Tyco Hondas.

Further back, John Hopkins was 13th fastest on the Samsung Crescent Suzuki, just ahead of the best Ducati rider, Michael Rutter. WFR Honda's Alex Lowes led the EVO riders in 15th position overall.

The session was stopped for a short time following separate accidents for Simon Andrews and Tommy Bridewell, while Jenny Tinmouth also completed just a handful of laps before coming off her Splitlath Aprilia.

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Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Jake Dixon, RAF Reserves Kawasaki [Credit: MSV BSB Media]
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]

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April 30, 2011 4:48 PM

OO LA LA, Baz this guy really is a major standout discovery Tommy setting a pace like that makes his riding even more impressive/ You have to look at who's behind him, what he's riding and how many times he's seen the place unbelivable... saw here first in good old... BRITISH SUPERBIKE

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