Shane Byrne takes top spot in the afternoon session at the MCE British Superbike official test day, closely followed by Danny Buchan as Ryuichi Kiyonari suffers a late crash to slip to P3.

Byrne, who was also fastest in the morning session, looks to have fully recovered from the hand injury he suffered in a crash in pre-season testing in Almeria, Spain. The defending British Superbike champion was a doubt coming into the Donington Park test but has stolen the show on the test day.

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The defending BSB champion finished 0.222 seconds ahead of Buchan, with Kiyonari 0.230 seconds off Byrne's best time. Moto Rapido Ducati rider Jakub Smrz grabbed fourth place as Dan Linfoot made it four different manufacturers inside the top five.

The much talked about Milwaukee Yamaha failed to set any eye-catching lap times with its new R1 as Josh Brookes finished the session in ninth and his team-mate Broc Parkes in 13th.

The afternoon session saw 34 British Superbike riders take part after overnight rain had seriously restricted morning running time. With the sun beaming down on a dry Donington Park track it was Byrne who took to the top in the early stages, closely followed by Kiyonari.

A red flag just 20 minutes into the session briefly halted proceedings but once the track was checked over it was the Buildbase BMW rider who posted the quickest lap of the day with a 1m 31.375s, sixth tenths of a second ahead of Byrne.

The middle chunk of the session saw the majority of riders working on race pace in preparation for the 2015 BSB season opener which is to be held at the same venue.

A second red flag brought the riders into the pits with 20 minutes remaining after Honda Racing's Jason O'Halloran crashed at the Melbourne hairpin. That gave the riders enough time to try a few qualifying runs which saw Byrne lift his time above Kiyonari by two-tenths of a second.

The Japanese rider attempted a late response but came off unhurt at Redgate with just five minutes remaining, meaning his day's running was over. Be Wiser Kawasaki's Buchan took full advantage of Kiyonari's slip to get ahead of him into P2 with a 1m 31.367s just before the chequered flag fell.