John Hopkins has established himself as the rider to beat heading into the remainder of the British Superbike Championship weekend at Oulton Park after topping second free practice.

Having headed FP1 aboard the Samsung Crescent Suzuki by more than four tenths, Hopkins remained three tenths up on Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill as lap times came down markedly in the afternoon.

Once again Hopkins and Hill commanded a significant lead over the opposition with MSS Colchester Kawasaki's Gary Mason an impressive third, but still eight tenths down on pace setter Hopkins.

Michael Laverty, who won his first career BSB race at Oulton Park last year aboard a Relentless by TAS Suzuki, was fourth fastest, ahead of the man who replaced him in the team, Josh Brookes.

Championship leader Shane Byrne slipped to sixth fastest, ahead of Michael Rutter and BSB returnee James Ellison, while Ryuichi Kiyonari and Ian Lowry rounded out the top ten, the latter performing well on the Buildbase BMW.

In the EVO class, Glen Richards was fastest, marginally ahead of Moto Rapido Ducati's Scott Smart, while Graeme Gowland was third.


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