Former Rizla Suzuki rider Karl Harris confirmed that he'll be a contender for this years British Supersport crown by leading the field at the final pre-season test, at Donington Park, on Sunday.

Factory Honda rider Harris - the 2001 Supersport champion with Suzuki - ended the day a considerable 0.8secs faster than nearest challenger Thomas Sykes, and over a second away from former World Superbike rider Mark Heckles in third.

However, one of Harris' main rivals - former GP rider Leon Haslam, who will lead Ducati's charge in the class, wasn't able to test his 748 due to machine delays and so his pace is unknown. Haslam did however, impress on a BSB machine [see separate story].

Stuart Easton, John Crockford and Adrian Coates were all covered by 0.3secs and completed the top six, with lead Triumph rider Jim Moodie seventh. His team-mate Craig Jones was tenth to confirm the new machines competitiveness.

The first round of the 2003 British Supersport championship takes place on Sunday at Silverstone.

Supersport test times - Donington Park:

1. K. Harris (Honda) 1min 11.734secs
2. T. Sykes (Yamaha) +0.874secs
3. M. Heckles (Honda) +1.056secs
4. S. Easton (Ducati) +1.179secs
5. J. Crockford (Honda) +1.213secs
6. A. Coates (Honda) +1.330secs
7. J. Moodie (Triumph) +1.739secs
8. T. Tunstall (Yamaha) +1.830secs
9. C. Sproston (Honda) +1.848secs
10. C. Jones (Triumph) +1.993secs
11. K. Murphy (Kawasaki) +2.054secs
12. D. Beaumont (Kawasaki) +2.234secs
13. M. Burr (Yamaha) +2.489secs
14. J. McGuinness (Honda) +2.583secs
15. J. Buckingham (Yamaha) +3.107secs
16. E. Smith (Kawasaki) +3.585secs
17. G. Ormerod (Honda) +3.927secs
18. R. Rainey (Honda) +4.592secs
19. M. Brewster (Kawasaki) +5.131secs
20. D. Swanton (Kawasaki) +6.008secs
21. T. Brian (Suzuki) +6.992secs
22. N. Flanagan (Ducati) +8.898secs

 

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