Downpour forces abandonment of FP2 at Cadwell

Heavy rain coupled with red-flag incidents curtails second free practice session at Cadwell Park this afternoon
Today's second free practice session at Cadwell Park was thwarted by red-flag incidents and heavy rain.

Swan Yamaha's Tommy Hill had set the pace in the morning session and continued to top the times on his YZF-R1 until a deluge brought the afternoon session to a permanent halt, with the majority of riders only managing seven laps of the Lincolnshire track.

Hill remained on top with a time of 1m 28.744s, some eight tenths of a second ahead of Tyco Suzuki's Alastair Seeley, with Alex Lowes third quickest on the WFR Honda.

Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty came next, with Michael Rutter on the MSS Bathams Kawasaki holding fifth position ahead of Ian Lowry on Clive Padgett's Honda until the heavens opened.

The session was initially red-flagged after Luca Scassa fell at the hairpin and there was a delay while oil was cleared from the circuit.

After the re-start, Buildbase BMW's Peter Hickman crashed at Coppice, escaping unscathed, although Shane Byrne – second fastest this morning – had an off at the hairpin.

Byrne's accident saw the red flags deployed again and the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ace was taken to the medical centre with a shoulder injury.

Yet again the session was re-started but a downpour result in FP2 being abandoned.

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Shane Byrne Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki - [picture credit: Ian Hopgood]
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]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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