Laverty on top as BSB resumes with Snetterton test

Michael Laverty has ended the opening day of the MCE British Superbike in-season Snetterton test quickest, three-tenths off the outright lap record
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Michael Laverty has ended the opening day of the MCE British Superbike in-season Snetterton test quickest with a lap less than three-tenths off the outright record at the Norfolk circuit.

The test marks the completion of BSB's mid-campaign break for the roads racing season with title contender Laverty notching up a late hot lap to take the headlines with a 1m 48.102s on the Tyco BMW.

The lap put a comfortable three-tenths gap on closest rival Luke Mossey on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki, while on the combined timesheet from the opening sessions Alastair Seeley claimed an overall third with his top time in the second session of 1m 48.525s.

Honda's Jason O'Halloran also impressed at a circuit he claimed two rostrum results at last season, finishing inside the top five overall with JG Speedfit Kawasaki's James Ellison and Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon in close company.

Tommy Bridewell, who topped the opening session of the test, also produced impressive pace with a fastest lap of 1m 49.141s on the Bennetts Suzuki in the third session ahead of ePayMe Yamaha's John Hopkins and Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati's Danny Buchan.

Despite missing out on the top times at the end of the first day, Richard Cooper once again demonstrated his consistent speed for Buildbase BMW before suffering a small off midway through the second session which he walked away from unhurt.

Also in the mix but failing to set a fast time in the final session were the top two in the BSB points standings Shane Byrne and Leon Haslam, while Jake Dixon made his Superbike debut testing for RAF Reserves BMW alongside Seeley.

Ex-World Superbike Josh Hook also acted as guest test rider for Team WD-40 Kawasaki on Sam Hornsey's former machine.

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