Brands Hatch Grand Prix: Byrne takes charge as rivals line up

BSB championship leader Shane Byrne has topped Friday free practice at the season finale as the top 15 are split by less than one second.
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MCE British Superbike championship leader Shane Byrne has topped Friday free practice at the season finale at Brands Hatch while also demonstrating impressive pace on a race simulation as the top 15 are split by less than one second.

Taking a 17-point advantage over title rival Leon Haslam into the final round, Byrne has enjoyed a storming start at his home round by setting the pace with an early flyer of 1m 25.523s to go within one-tenth of the outright lap record.

Switching his attention to race pace Byrne notched up consistently quick times to set an ominous marker for his BSB rivals ahead of the triple-header this weekend.

Peter Hickman on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki acted as Byrne's closest challenger over a single hot lap by moving 0.034s off the Be Wiser Ducati rider. Dan Linfoot on the Honda also enjoyed late gains to go third ahead of ePayMe Yamaha's John Hopkins.

Byrne's main title rival Haslam ended the day fifth fastest overall and two-tenths off Byrne on the timesheet as James Ellison completed the top six contenders.

Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon had a solid FP2 to go seventh ahead of Broc Parkes and team-mate Michael Laverty as Buildbase BMW's Richard Cooper recovered from a technical issue in FP1 to sneak into the top ten for Buildbase BMW.

Luke Mossey saw his afternoon session prematurely ended after just four laps on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki when he crashed at Hawthorns and dropped to P12 just behind Bennetts Suzuki's Tommy Bridewell.

The session was briefly red flagged after Anvil Hire Yamaha's Shaun Winfield crashed on the home straight, while his team-mate James Rispoli also suffered an off late on and Howie Mainwaring-Smart completed a tricky session for the team as he failed to set a time due to a technical issue.
by Haydn Cobb

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Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit:]
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 []
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit:]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit:]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit:]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki, BSB [Credit:]
Broc Parkes, ePayMe Yamaha, [Credit:]
Luke Mossey, Quattro Plant Kawasaki [Credit:]
Michael Laverty, Tyco BMW, BSB [Credit:]
Ryuichi Kiyonari, Smiths BMW [Credit:]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit:]
James Ellison, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit:]

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