BSB Donington Park: Bike woe for Hopkins as Kiyonari hits top

Buildbase BMW's Ryuichi Kiyonari led the way in FP3 at Donington Park as FP2 pacesetter John Hopkins hit by technical issue with Tyco Suzuki
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MCE British Superbike title contender Ryuichi Kiyonari took over at the top of the times in the final free practice session at Donington Park on the Buildbase BMW.

The Japanese rider, chasing a record fourth BSB crown, was two tenths of a second clear of fellow triple title winner Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki.

Kiyonari's lap of 1m 29.857s was slower than American rider John Hopkins' FP2 time of 1m 29.717s, but the Tyco Suzuki rider was denied the chance of bettering his benchmark after developing a technical problem with the GSX-R1000 on his first lap at McCleans, which ruled him out of FP3.

Aussie Josh Brookes slotted into third on the Milwaukee Yamaha, only 0.008s down on Byrne, with team-mate Tommy Bridewell fourth quickest (1m 30.228s).

James Westmoreland on the second of the Buildbase BMW machines and Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) were the top six.

Kiyonari set the early pace with a 1m 30.725s lap before Brookes showed his hand to lead the way on the YZF-R1, lapping in 1m 30.5s.

Byrne then turned the screw as the PBM star hit the top of the leaderboard with a lap in 1m 30.492s, but Brookes responded to edge ahead by a tenth of a second.

Kiyonari, though, upped the pace further and became the only rider in the session to break into the 1m 29s bracket as he finished fastest overall.

The rain flags came out at Redgate with around seven minutes of FP3 remaining and Brookes was caught out by the conditions, slipping off unhurt.

Dan Linfoot, on the cusp of a coveted Showdown place, was seventh fastest on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki – half a second behind Kiyonari – with wildcard rider Julien Da Costa on the Honda Racing Fireblade currently occupying a third row spot in eighth.

Cadwell Park winner Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves Honda) and Halsall Kawasaki's Jon Kirkham completed the top 10, followed by Showdown contender Chris Walker on the GBmoto Kawasaki, who is 34 points ahead of Scottish rider Easton ahead of this weekend's final pre-Showdown round of the championship as the pair dispute the final place in the all-important top six.

Battle-scarred James Ellison was 12th (GBmoto Kawasaki), while Michael Rutter on the Bathams BMW, Howie Mainwaring (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) and Rutter's team-mate Patric Muff fill the top 15 places.

Filip Backlund, who has replaced Ian Hutchinson at FFX Yamaha, was 17th behind Tyco Suzuki's Josh Waters, while Gearlink Kawasaki's Ben Wilson was 20th.

Australia's David Johnson, who has replaced Ulsterman Keith Farmer in the PR Kawasaki team this weekend, finished the session in 27th position.

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