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The 2016 MCE British Superbike class roared into action as a full complement at Silverstone with a steady opening session in bitterly cold conditions, with Ryuichi Kiyonari topping the morning session.

After recent storms had battered the area the Silverstone circuit gradually dried up during the morning session but was prematurely halted after oil was dropped on the circuit after 15 minutes.

As the session resumed with a clean track and bright blue skies above, the BSB field gradually got to grips with the track but lap times remained well outside of any records.

New Bennetts Suzuki recruit Kiyonari climbed to the top on slick tyres, leading by a third of a second from Smiths Racing's Jakub Smrz.

The majority of the BSB riders completed shakedown runs with a handful of laps each as the first session marked the opening track action since the majority of teams' private testing in Spain and around the UK.

Be Wiser Ducati's Shane Byrne placed himself in familiar territory on the timesheet with third ahead of Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon while the returning Leon Haslam rounded out the top five for JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

Honda's Dan Linfoot climbed to sixth with a late improvement ahead of Luke Mossey, Jason O'Halloran, John Hopkins as rookie James Rispoli completed the top ten.