Snetterton 300: Mossey starts quickest in damp opening session

Luke Mossey has stormed to the front in a difficult damp FP1 at Snetterton and narrowly held off a late improvement by Danny Buchan.
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Luke Mossey has stormed to the front in a difficult damp FP1 at Snetterton and narrowly held off a late improvement by Danny Buchan as the majority of the MCE British Superbike field took a steady approach to the race weekend.

The Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider darted to the top of the times with less than five minutes remaining in the session, making the most of the drying conditions, and despite a last-lap challenge from Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati's Buchan it was the local Cambridgeshire rider who has started quickest with a 1m 52.039s – albeit over four seconds off the pace in the dry from 2015.

Due to conditions the front two gapped the rest of the field by over a second which sparked a shake-up of the running order.

Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper, a race winner in the wet at Oulton Park, grabbed third on the timesheet ahead of ePayMe Yamaha's Stuart Easton and Honda's Dan Linfoot who is celebrating his 30th birthday on Friday practice at Snetterton.

Be Wiser Ducati's Glenn Irwin claimed seventh ahead of the second Honda of Jason O'Halloran and Bennetts Suzuki's Ryuichi Kiyonari, as John Hopkins' stand-in Broc Parkes completed the top ten on the second ePayMe Yamaha.

Just outside the top ten saw Shane Byrne (11th) along with fellow championship contenders James Ellison (14th), Leon Haslam (15th) and Michael Laverty (16th) – the latter only completing a handful of laps in the slippery conditions.

In the tricky damp conditions O'Halloran lead the bulk of the FP1 times but the majority of riders opted to let the dry out as much as possible before going for longer lap stints.

As the relatively low-key session ticked into the final ten minutes Iddon and Cooper were the first to duck under the two-minute mark which prompted the rest of the riders to test out the conditions.

In the slippery session there was only one faller of note in the surprising shape of wet-weather specialist Howie Mainwaring Smart, as local rider Mossey stormed to the top with three minutes remaining.

A late improvement by Buchan briefly displaced the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider but it was Mossey who grabbed back the headline time with a 1m 52.039s as the chequered flag fell on FP1.
by Haydn Cobb

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