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Michael Laverty has ended the opening day of MCE British Superbike Championship on top of the Friday timesheets after a late dash saw him leapfrog ahead of his rivals at Knockhill.

Moving to the front with six minutes remaining, just before a red flag period to clear Dan Linfoot's Buildbase BMW, Samsung Honda's Laverty proceeded to go even faster at the restart to emerge a comfortable three tenths up on second place man and FP1 pace setter Shane Byrne.

Making it four different manufacturers inside the top four once again, Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill and Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes followed up in third and fourth, just a further tenth back from Kawasaki's Byrne.

Alex Lowes once again headed up the WFR Honda charge in fifth position, ahead of Alastair Seeley on the second of the Tyco Suzuki's, while shootout contender Ian Lowry was seventh best on the Padgetts Honda.

Trialling the quirky Scottish circuit for the first time this weekend, Noriyuki Haga moved into the top ten in eighth place, edging out the sole MSS Bathams Kawasaki of Michael Rutter and GBmoto Honda's Tristan Palmer.

In all, Laverty down to Scott Smart in 20th position are covered by a mere 1.2secs.