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Lavilla fastest in final free practice

1 January 1901

Gregorio Lavilla aboard his Airwaves Ducati upped the pace during final free practice at Brands Hatch ahead of the first round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship. He lapped in 1min 25.744secs beating Leon Camier into second place by 0.328secs.

Camier on his Bike Animal Honda lapped at a consistently fast pace and he did run in P1 for a large part of the session which is impressive as this is his first competitive weekend on the Superbike.

Lavilla's team-mate Leon Haslam took up third place ahead of qualifying with Stobart Honda's Shane Byrne in fourth position.

Johnny Rea on the HM Plant Honda who has been in the number one spot all weekend was relegated to fifth place while his team-mate and defending Champion Ryuichi Kiyonari was ninth.

The first of the Rizla Suzuki's home was in the hands of current Supersport Champion, Cal Crutchlow who had an off at Druids during free practice. Chris Walker on the second blue machine was running in seventh.

Michael Rutter on the Isilon MSS Discovery Kawasaki made it into the top ten in tenth place. His first day on track was riddled with technical problems which hampered the Rutter's progress.

Tommy Hill on the Virgin Media Optoma Loans Yamaha also fell during the session, crashing out at Clark curve. Dean Thomas on the Samsung Suzuki was shown the black and orange flag due to his machine smoking.


BSB free practice (3) results – Brands Hatch:

1. Gregorio Lavilla
2. Leon Camier
3. Leon Haslam
4. Shane Byrne
5. Johnny Rea
6. Cal Crutchlow
7. Chris Walker
8. Tom Sykes
9. Ryuichi Kiyonari
10. Michael Rutter


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