Ryuichi Kiyonari was the man to beat during free practice three at Oulton Park, lapping the picturesque circuit in 1m 36.205s aboard his HM Plant Honda.
Hot on his heels was Championship leader Tommy Hill who was 0.228secs adrift on his Worx Crescent Suzuki. Relentless Suzuki's Michael Laverty was also on the pace in third place just 0.069secs off Hill's time.
Michael Rutter on the Ridersmotorcycles.com Ducati continued his run of form and was fourth fastest edging Swan Honda's James Ellison, who headed free practice two, back into fifth place.
Young-gun Dan Linfoot was the first Yamaha over the line aboard his Motorpoint Yamaha, while his French team-mate Loris Baz remained in the top ten taking ninth.
Gary Mason riding the MSS Colchester Kawasaki out-paced Championship contender Josh Brookes by 0.039secs to take seventh. Completing the top ten was Swan Honda's Stuart Easton.
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