Eugene Laverty on his red Bull Honda headed the first free practice session at Mallory Park ahead of round six of the Championship.

The Irish rider lapped the short circuit in 57.662secs pushing the hard charging Cal Crutchlow on the Northpoint Ekerold Honda into second place. Mallory Park have recently added a chicane to the high speed Gerrards corner and this is the first time a lot of riders will be faced with the new lay out.

Rob Frost was eighth in the session having come back from the Isle of Man to take part in the British championship race. Frost is riding a Superstock machine on the Island and was sixth fastest in the Thursday practice session despite a fall at Creg.

Stuart Easton on the Lloyds British Ducati rounded out the top ten following his point scoring World Supersport ride at Silverstone last weekend. Steven Neate who also raced at Silverstone is missing the Mallory Park round due to testing commitments with his Spanish team.

Dennis Hobbs who is making a come back from his broken collar bone was just outside the top ten, circulating in twelfth place on his Padgetts Honda.

BSS free practice results - Mallory Park:

1. Eugene Laverty
2. Cal Crutchlow
3. Tom Sykes
4. Joe Dickinson
5. Leon Camier
6. Kieran Murphy
7. Jay Vincent
8. Rob Frost
9. Simon Andrews
10. Stuart Easton