Leon Haslam and HM Plant Honda have taken charge of the second Bennetts British Superbike free practice session of the weekend at Silverstone.

Haslam's team-mate Cal Crutchlow had held sway at the top of the timesheets for almost the session's entirety with his early effort of 1min 26.738secs, but a rapid lap in the closing stages for Haslam saw him emerge with the best time of the day.

Indeed, many of the top times were established in the opening minutes as the riders immediately dipped into the 1min 26secs area.

However, while Haslam was able to improve in the final minutes, Crutchlow stayed second, ahead of Shane Byrne, the champion-elect assuming the role of leading Ducati rider this time from team-mate Leon Camier.

Karl Harris did a good job to go fourth best on the Rob Mac Yamaha, ahead of Rizla Suzuki's Tom Sykes, while FP1 pace setter Camier was sixth after being unable to improve on this morning's lap.

Michael Laverty crept up to seventh place, just ahead of the ever impressive Gary Mason, the Cup rider still 1.3secs faster than his closest competition as he looks to round out the season in the best way possible.

Simon Andrews moved inside the top ten in ninth, just ahead of Jason O'Halloran, who continues to bother the leading riders on the SMT Honda this afternoon.

Elsewhere, expected frontrunners James Ellison and Michael Rutter had to be content with a modest 12th and 13th best, while Stuart Easton proved the best of the Kawasaki riders in 14th.

The session was ended a couple of minutes early after an oil spill at Abbey.


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