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Josh Brookes has laid down a marker to his MCE British Superbike rivals after dominating the final free practice session at Silverstone with lap record pace.
The BSB championship leader found his rhythm midway through the session to leave the rest of the field trailing in his wake, at times pulling out over a second, and ended FP3 over 0.3s in front of James Ellison.
The Milwaukee Yamaha rider narrowly missed out on topping both sessions on Friday but made no mistake by destroying Michael Laverty's fastest time with a 2m 04.922s.
Ellison made impressive gains to end the session second fastest while it was double delight for Milwaukee Yamaha as Jakub Smrz claimed third, half a second off his team-mate Brookes.
As a result of Brookes' lightning pace, the rest of the BSB field has work to do with John Hopkins in fourth but almost a second back as Friday topper Laverty rounded out the top five.
Defending BSB champion continued to struggle to close the gap on the BSB standings leader to finish sixth ahead of Christian Iddon in seventh, Luke Mossey eight as Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper and Ryuichi Kiyonari completed the top ten.
Other Showdown contenders Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot and Tyco BMW's Tommy Bridewell continued to be stuck in the midfield battle ending the session 13th and 15th respectively.
At the start of the session, the usual faces emerged at the sharp end with Hopkins leading proceedings before Laverty reclaimed top spot having gone quickest on Friday free practice.
Brookes, who had been struggling with tyre wear issues in the opening sessions at Silverstone, demonstrated he had lost none of the single-lap pace with a 2m 05.002s, smashing Laverty's benchmark from yesterday by three-tenths of a second.
The Milwaukee Yamaha rider pulled out almost a full second on the chasing pack until Ellison slashed his advantage to a quarter of a second by finding massive gains to cut 0.6s off his own best lap.
As the final free practice session ticked into the final ten minutes the majority of the BSB field shifted its thoughts to qualifying and went out on fresh rubber. Despite the colder conditions than Friday Brookes was able to go even quicker and duck into the 2m 04s to send an ominous warning to his rivals.