By Adam Arnold

A wet start to the second round of the British Superbike championship at saw Monstermob Ducati rider Sean Emmett go fastest after only completing five laps on the drying Brands Hatch track.

Rizla Suzuki rider John Reynolds circulated second fastest and was the only other rider, along with Emmett, to record a time under 50 seconds.

The hour-long first practice session started wet, with all riders choosing to go out on full wet rubber. It was clear from the times of around the mid 50s that conditions were tricky. Many riders didn't chance the conditions until later in the session when a dry line started to appear. Then it was a frantic rush as circulating riders came in to get slicks and those riders who hadn't been out ventured onto the drying circuit.

After the general switch to dry tyres the times started to fall. Kagayama, Kiyonari and Rutter, who had been out for most of the session, continually exchanged the fastest time of the practice.

In the final minutes of the practice both Reynolds and Emmett decided to put their oar in. Reynolds instantly made an impact by quickly dipping down into the 49secs area and setting the fastest time. Emmett, who struggled at Silverstone due to gearing problems, then took the fastest lap after only a few laps on circuit, an thus asserting his authority on the field. Job done, Emmett swaggered back into the pits after a total of only five laps.

New boy Tommy Hill on the Virgin Yamaha out performed his team mates with the sixth fastest time. His team mates, Gary Mason and the experienced Steve Plater were 10th and 12th fastest respectively.

Top ten times

1.Sean Emmett 49.491secs Monstermob Ducati
2.John Reynolds 49.807secs Rizla Suzuki
3.Yukio Kagayama 50.266secs Rizla Suzuki
4.Glen Richards 50.330secs Hawk Kawasaki
5.Dean Thomas 50.534secs Sendo Ducati
6.Tommy Hill 50.545secs Virgin Yamaha
7.Ryuichi Kiyonari 50.925 HM Honda
8.Scott Smart 51.102 Hawk Kawasaki
9.Michael Rutter 51.106 HM Honda
10. Gary Mason 51.758 Virgin Yamaha

 

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