Hill fastest again in FP3

Yamaha and Kawasaki emerge as the manufacturers to beat at the end of FP3, with Hill leading Easton and Laverty.
Tommy Hill has established himself as the rider to beat ahead of qualifying for the second round of the MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park after dominating third free practice.

Having commanded a seven tenth advantage over the competition in FP2, Hill lowered his personal best to 1min 35.608secs to remain half a second up on Stuart Easton, the Scot continuing his fine form on the MSS Colchester Kawasaki.

Hill's Swan Yamaha team-mate Michael Laverty was third fastest, ahead of John Hopkins, the American shrugging off a fall to return to the circuit and pump in the fourth best lap of the session.

Michael Rutter joined Hopkins in making big gains to set the fifth fastest time, ahead of Gary Mason on the second Kawasaki, Dan Linfoot, James Westmoreland, FP1 pace setter Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Elsewhere, Jon Kirkham suffered a crash that ruled him out of much of the session, while Glen Richards maintained WFR Honda's perfect start to the season by going fastest of the EVO riders.

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Tommy Hill, Ryuichi Kiyonari, Shane Byrne [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Tommy Hill [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Shane Byrne, Tommy Hill, Tommy Bridewell [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha [pic credit: Ian Hopgood Photography]
Tommy Hill - Swan Yamaha
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]

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Pizdoff - Unregistered

May 01, 2011 2:50 PM

Taking nothing away from Hill's excellent performance and Easton's stunning set-up of his 'no previous settings' ZX10 its Hopper that's impressing me again.... Oulton's beautiful but it's not an easy circuit to learn with several blind sections. I'm expecting more still to come from the HM Plant guys.

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