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Tommy Hill resumed his place at the top of the MCE British Superbike Championship timesheets as the series resumed from its summer break with the annual bank holiday Cadwell Park round.

Already assured of their places in the 'Title Showdown', Hill and Shane Byrne suggested they will not let up in their quest to acquire as many podium credits as possible as they paced FP1, the pair split by just a tenth of a second.

Even so, Hill will have to bounce back from a crash after the reigning champion fell without harm at Mansfield in the final seconds of the session.

Peter Hickman was one of a few surprise faces in the upper echelons of the timesheets as he lifted his Buildbase BMW up to third position, ahead of Alex Lowes on the WFR Honda, Michael Laverty on the Samsung Honda and Danny Buchan on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki, the youngster showing impressively at the start of only his second BSB event.

A strong opening to the weekend for Kawasaki, Buchan's team-mate Michael Rutter and Quattro Plant rider Karl Harris followed up in seventh and eighth to make it four ZX-10Rs inside the top eight.

Jon Kirkham complemented his Samsung Honda team-mate in ninth position, ahead of Tyco Suzuki pairing Josh Brookes and Alastair Seeley.

Elsewhere, having shown an impressive turn of speed during testing at Donington Park earlier this month, Mark Aitchison took the unfancied Splitlath Redmond Aprilia to the 14th best time, while new faces Tom Grant and Robbin Harms were 27th and 28th respectively.