SYNETIQ BMW rider Danny Buchan topped the opening Bennetts British Superbike free practice at Knockhill ahead of championship favorites Christian Iddon and Jason O’Halloran. 

2021 British Superbike Knockhill - Free Practice Results (1)
1Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad47.432s
2Christian IddonGBRVisiontrack Ducati+0.199s
3Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS Ymaha+0.241s
4Peter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMW+0.281s
5Bradley RayGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing BMW+0.313s
6Glenn IrwinGBRHonda Racing UK+0.452s
7Tarran MackenzieGBRMcAMS Ymaha+0.490s
8Rory SkinnerGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+0.588s
9Ryan VickersGBRRAF Kawasaki+0.621s
10Danny KentGBRBuildbase Suzuki+0.638s
11Gine ReaGBRBuildbase Suzuki+0.717s
12Lee JacksonGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+0.769s
13Kyle RydeGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing BMW+0.791s
14Josh BrookesAUSVisiontrack Ducati+0.991s
15Andrew IrwinGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad+1.003s
16Tommy BridewellGBRMoto Rapido Ducati+1.148s
17Dan LinfootGBRTAG Racing Honda+1.225s
18Joe FrancisGBRIforce BMW+1.553s
19Josh OwensGBRCDH Racing Kawasaki+1.631s
20Takumi TakahashiJAPHonda Racing UK+2.017s
21Storm StaceyGBRTeam LKQ Kawasaki+2.065s
22Ryo MizunoJAPHonda Racing UK+2.075s
23Brad JonesGBRIforce BMW+2.445s
24Brian McCormackIRLFHO Racing BMW+2.763s
25Luke HopkinsGBRHopkins Honda Racing+2.793s
26Bjorn EstmentSACatfoss Racing Suzuki+5.230s
27Joey ThompsonGBRNP BMW+7.720s

Buchan, the only current rider on the grid to win at the Scottish venue led most of the session, before O’Halloran and Iddon both set times fast enough for top spot late on. 

However, Buchan was undeterred by that as he regained first place with a 47.432s - +0.199s quicker than the Visiontrack Ducati. 

The short and undulating Knockhill circuit - always one for close racing, demonstrated this with how close lap times were. The top 14 were covered by one second as defending champion Josh Brookes brought up the rear of that group.