Leon Camier has swept to the top of the timesheets in first free practice for the penultimate round of the 2008 Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone.

Buoyed by his second win this season last time out at Croft, Camier battled for ownership of the top spot with team-mate Shane Byrne and Cal Crutchlow for much of the 50 minute session before forging ahead in the final ten minutes.

The only rider to dip below the 1min 27secs mark, Camier edged out newly announced Yamaha World Supersport rider Crutchlow, while Byrne got what is likely to be a championship winning weekend off to a solid start in third.

Leon Haslam, winner from four of the last six races, was fourth best after gradually scaling the timesheets, while Michael Rutter was a strong fifth as he looks to make the most of his Ducati's slight weight loss this weekend.

Tom Sykes led the Suzuki charge in sixth ahead of Karl Harris, while Tristan Palmer put in a good start to the weekend to go eighth on the Tena for Men Honda.

Michael Laverty was ninth best ahead of Jason O'Halloran, the Australian Supersport Champion doing a fine job on his first visit to Silverstone as he gradually adapts to the rigours of the British series.

Gary Mason easily led the way in the Cup class, the Quay Garage Honda rider managing 11th fastest overall, nine positions and 1.3secs ahead of second place Martin Jessopp.


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