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Michael Laverty has claimed top honours at the end of Friday free practice at Silverstone with a fastest lap nearly a second under the existing lap record as Josh Brookes kept him in close company.
The MCE British Superbike championship leader held top spot for the majority of FP2 – in a similar pattern to the morning session – before being pushed out by Tyco BMW's Laverty with a stunning quick lap of 2m 05.370s, 0.833s under Brookes' existing lap record.
The Showdown contender is in a buoyant mood after claiming his first rostrum result of the season with the help of a new swingarm, which is clearly paying dividends for the former MotoGP rider at the high-speed Silverstone circuit.
Brookes appeared to have initially carved out a gap on the chasing pack because at one point the Milwaukee Yamaha rider had a one-second cushion on the field but was eventually reeled in by Laverty in the closing stages.
Fellow title fighter James Ellison also looks able to match the race pace of Brookes after ending the day third quickest – four-tenths off the Australian – with FP1 timesheet topper John Hopkins just 0.003s back in fourth.
Shane Byrne rounded out the top five but is over half a second off Laverty and Brookes, while Luke Mossey continues to impress after taking sixth place with Milwaukee Yamaha's Jakub Smrz in seventh.
Danny Buchan, who has made a late switch to PBM Kawasaki to stand in for the injured Stuart Easton after his Be Wiser Kawasaki team pulled out of the remainder of the season due to financial constrains, has been able to get up to speed with ease to take eighth on the timesheet as Dan Linfoot and Christian Iddon completed the top ten.
It was another tricky day for Showdown contender Tommy Bridewell who could only manage 15th as he continues to fight with the Tyco BMW after reverting back to the original swingarm.
As the afternoon session went green it was almost automatically brought to a premature halt due to debris being dragged on to the track at Maggotts, while Luke Mossey pulled off track with a technical problem at Abbey during the red flag stoppage but was able to continue.
Once the session restarted Brookes found his rhythm with a series of hot laps to smash his own lap record and duck under the 2m 06s mark with a 2m 05.605s – pulling out nearly a second over the rest of the field.
Midway through FP2 the red flag was once again required after Team WD-40 Kawasaki's Jack Kennedy suffered a nasty tumble at Club corner and was taken to the medical centre as a precaution.
After a brief delay the session resumed for a second time with Hopkins finding useful gains to become the second rider to lap under the existing lap record and in the process closed to within a quarter of a second of Brookes.
The BSB championship leader went quicker again to bulk out his cushion at the top before Laverty made some huge gains to go fastest with an impressive 2m 05.370s as the chequered flag fell.