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James Ellison overtook Ryuichi Kiyonari at the top of the timesheet in free practice two at Brands Hatch to set up an intriguing battle ahead of the second round of the MCE British Superbike championship.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider, who delivered the team's first BSB victory in race one of the 2015 season at Donington Park, notched up the quickest lap of the weekend so far with a 45.700s, beating Kiyonari in the final five minutes of FP2.
The three-time BSB champion topped the FP1 times and continued to dominate with consistently fastest lap times in the early stages. The Buildbase BMW rider was able to put in a faster lap time than his 46.113s from morning time within the opening 15 minutes.
However, Kiyonari's hold on the top spot was broken by JG Speedfit Kawasaki's Ellison with five minutes remaining in the session when he went quicker by just 0.024s.
With a little over three minutes remaining in the session Robbin Harms and Danny Johnson crashed on the Cooper straight which caused running to be briefly halted so the bikes could be recovered from the track.
FP2 was restarted with 3m 25s remaining on the clock, allowing all the riders to fire in some hot laps in a dash to the flag. Neither Ellison or Kiyonari were able to improve their times but stayed as the top two, while Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes ended the session third.
Danny Buchan continued to show his strong early season pace by finishing the session fourth and defending BSB champion Shane Byrne rounded out the top five at the 1.2-mile Indy circuit.
Ducati rider Jakub Smrz took up sixth position in FP2, followed by Billy McConnell, Tommy Bridewell and Richard Cooper, who rounded out the top 10.
It was a disastrous day for Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot, who sits second in the championship, after suffering a crash 10 minutes into the first free practice session and had to be taken to hospital with a suspected broken wrist.
Michael Rutter enjoyed some solid running time after missing FP1 to finish 31st on the timesheets. The highly-experienced rider was announced on Wednesday as Gearlink Kawasaki's rider for Brands Hatch after replacing the outgoing Joe Burns.