Shane Byrne has held on to his top spot on the timesheet after setting the fastest lap of the weekend so far as the riders concentrate on race performance setup.

The defending MCE British Superbike champion finished FP1 fastest in the morning but for the majority of the afternoon session it looked like Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes would edge ahead of him. After a quick setup adjustment with less than ten minutes remaining Byrne notched up the quickest lap of the weekend, a 1m 47.664s, to better his morning time by 0.006s.

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Brookes comfortably held on to second spot from BSB championship leader James Ellison while veteran Chris Walker improved considerably to finish fourth in FP2. Broc Parkes was another rider to discovered decent lap time gains to round out the top five.

Ryuichi Kiyonari suffered a technical problem with his Buildbase BMW machine and stopped on track at Riches after setting just one quick lap. The Buildbase BMW rider was able to return to the pits and his mechanics fixed the problem so he could get back on track but the Japanese rider was unable to make improvements, eventually ending the session 11th.

Earlier in the session Jakub Smrz headed proceeding in the opening stages until Brookes was able to duck under the 1m 48s mark halfway through the afternoon practice.

Brookes continued to lead the timesheet as he chipped away at his fastest lap times but the whole field struggled to repeat its times from the morning session. Team WD-40's Jack Kennedy suffered a fall unhurt at Murrays as free practice two.

As the riders headed back out to set some fast single lap runs Byrne got his PBM Kawasaki on song to set the fastest lap of the weekend so far and retake top spot.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider Howie Mainwaring grabbed sixth on the FP2 timesheet head of Smrz as Stuart Easton, Jason O'Halloran and Christian Iddon completed the top ten.