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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: ianhopgoodphotography.net]
Tommy Bridewell, Team WD-40 Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Sylvain Guintoli, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Shane Byrne, Be Wiser Ducati, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Leon Haslam, JG Speedfit Kawasaki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Josh Brookes, Anvil Hire Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Jason O`Halloran, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
James Ellison, McAMS Yamaha [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
John Hopkins, Jason O`Halloran, BSB [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Glenn Irwin, Be Wiser Ducati [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Dan Linfoot, Honda Racing [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
British Superbikes, class of 2017 photo, riders [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Christian Iddon, Tyco BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Richard Cooper, Bennetts Suzuki [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Peter Hickman, Smiths BMW [Credit: Ian Hopgood]
Michael Laverty, McAMS Yamaha, [Credit: Ian Hopgood]

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