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Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes had the upper hand in this morning's damp free practice session at Silverstone, where Friday's pacesetter Ryuichi Kiyonari crashed out unhurt.

Aussie Brookes, aiming to make amends after two DNFs in the opening MCE British Superbike Championship Showdown round at Assen, assumed control at the top of the time sheets early in the session on the YZF-R1 and remained immovable throughout, taking the fastest lap in 2m 40.980s to head Howie Mainwaring by seven tenths of a second.

Japanese star Kiyonari - who trails title rival Shane 'Shakey' Byrne by only 12 points ahead of Sunday's two races - went down at Stowe at the beginning of the session and failed to set a time.

However, the BMW contender - fastest on Friday in both dry sessions - was unscathed and his S1000RR emerged from the incident without heavy damage.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Mainwaring also came off in the tricky conditions at the Northamptonshire circuit but his time ensured he remained in second spot behind Brookes and ahead of James Ellison on the GBmoto Kawasaki in third.

Chris Walker was the next Title Fighter to figure on the leaderboard on the GBmoto Kawasaki in fourth place with a lap in 2m 42.913s, leaving him 1.933s behind provisional pole man Brookes.

Tommy Bridewell on the second of the Milwaukee Yamaha machines and Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) completed the top six.

Championship leader Byrne was 14th fastest but seemed content to sit out the final minutes of the session given the conditions.

Assen winner and wet weather specialist Josh Waters seventh fastest ahead of Jon Kirkham - who was off at Copse - on the Halsall Kawasaki, with the top ten finalised by James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) and Gearlink Kawasaki's Ben Wilson.

American John Hopkins, who ended day one in fourth place on the Tyco Suzuki, was 16th behind Peter Hickman on the RAF Reserves Honda, while returning Dane Robbin Harms - who had a tumble at Farm - finished FP3 in 20th place on the Motodex BMW.

Title Fighter Dan Linfoot, who was an excellent third in FP2, never completed a time after remaining in his garage during the session.



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