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Brands Hatch Indy: Byrne pinches top spot from Laverty

Shane Byrne has grabbed the initiative on Friday free practice at Brands Hatch Indy by taking the fastest time off Michael Laverty in the final minute of FP2
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Shane Byrne has grabbed the initiative on Friday free practice at Brands Hatch Indy by taking the fastest time off Michael Laverty in the final minute to give himself a two-tenths cushion out front.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider had been a consistent top ten challenger during the day without making his mark until a final flyer with a 45.430s around the 1.2-mile Indy configuration of the Brands Hatch circuit. It was a time which gave him top spot by almost two-tenths of a second – the biggest time split inside the top 20 riders.

Laverty had looked strong for the majority of the session but ended second on the Tyco BMW ahead of the ever-improving Danny Buchan on the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati.

For three-time MCE British Superbike champion Ryuichi Kiyonari it was joy followed by despair after breaking his left collarbone in a crash. Having set the early times he had an off halfway through FP2 and suffered a clean break of his left collarbone which is likely to rule him out of competing this weekend.

His time was still enough to give him fourth overall ahead of Richard Cooper who continued to impress after taking his maiden BSB win last time out at a slippery Oulton Park. Luke Mossey maintain his presence at the sharp end in sixth ahead of FP1 topper James Ellison and his JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam.

Jakub Smrz and Dan Linfoot completed the top ten ahead of Silverstone winner Peter Hickman while Jason O'Halloran's progress was stunted after an off late in the session to stay 12th.

BSB championship leader Christian Iddon also suffered a late crash on his Tyco BMW to halt his charge at the quick times, ending the day down in 17th.

In a similar pattern to the first free practice session Kiyonari headed the early running, breaking into the 45s bracket, but his session was cut short just before the midpoint when he crashed at the left-hander Graham Hill Bend.

The Bennetts Suzuki rider was taken to the medical centre after a short red flag stoppage – where it was later confirmed as a broken left collarbone – and was also promptly bumped off top spot just before red flag by Laverty with a 45.680s.

As the session entered the final ten minutes riders looked to up the pace which brought on a number of falls including BSB championship leader Iddon as well as Honda duo O'Halloran and Jenny Tinmouth plus Anvil Yamaha's James Risopli.

With Laverty looking comfortable at the top it was six-time race winner around Brands Hatch Indy Byrne who stole the headlines and demonstrated his pace on the Be Wiser Ducati.



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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tyco BMW bikes, Motorcycle Live [Credit: TAS Racing]
David Giugliano, Tyco BMW [Credit: MSV]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: MSV Media]
JG Speedfit Bournemouth Kawasaki livery, 2017, BSB
Hawk Racing Suzuki, BSB [Credit: BSB media]
Howie Mainwaring Smart, Anvil Hire Yamaha [ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Smiths BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: ianhopgoodphotography.net]

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