Michael Rutter, pace setter at last weekends Donington test, has signalled his title intentions further by taking the top spot today in Silverstone free practice, scene of this weekends opening round of the 2003 British Superbike Championship.

Rutter put his Renegade Ducati 0.3secs clear of his nearest rivals, Suzuki team-mates John Reynolds and Yukio Kagayama, with Shane Byrne a fraction further behind.

Reigning champ Steve Hislop was fifth on his Yamaha ahead of Rutter's team-mate Emmett, Kawasaki star Glen Richards, while John Crawford, Gary Mason and Honda's Steve Plater completed the top ten.

Qualifying and Superpole takes place tomorrow.

Silverstone Practice Times - top ten:

1. Michael Rutter Ducati 1min 27.416secs
2. John Reynolds Suzuki +0.342secs
3. Yukio Kagayama Suzuki +0.471secs
4. Shane Byrne Ducati +0.492secs
5. Steve Hislop Yamaha +0.583secs
6. Sean Emmett Ducati +1.248secs
7. Glen Richards Kawasaki +1.295secs
8. John Crawford Ducati +1.319secs
9. Gary Mason Yamaha +1.326secs
10. Steve Plater Honda +1.655secs



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