McAMS Yamaha rider Jason O’Halloran left it late to pip Honda Racing’ Glenn Irwin in BSB FP3 at Thruxton. 

2021 British Superbike, Thruxton - Free Practice Results (3)
1Jason O'HalloranAUSMcAMS Ymaha1:15.261s
2Glenn IrwinGBRHonda Racing UK+0.136s
3Christian IddonGBRVisiontrack Ducati+0.727s
4Danny KentGBRBuildbase Suzuki+0.778s
5Bradley RayGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing BMW+0.779s
6Peter HickmanGBRFHO Racing BMW+0.866s
7Kyle RydeGBRRICH Energy OMG Racing BMW+0.887s
8Lee JacksonGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+1.144s
9Gine ReaGBRBuildbase Suzuki+1.219s
10Danny BuchanGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad+1.251s
11Tarran MackenzieGBRMcAMS Ymaha+1.456s
12Ryan VickersGBRRAF Kawasaki+1.462s
13Tommy BridewellGBRMoto Rapido Ducati+1.592s
14Andrew IrwinGBRSYNETIQ BMW Motorrad+1.696s
15Dan LinfootGBRTAG Racing Honda+1.721s
16Rory SkinnerGBRFS-3 Racing Kawasaki+1.747s
17Josh BrookesAUSVisiontrack Ducati+1.903s
18Xavi ForesSPAFHO Racing BMW+1.907s
19Takumi TakahashiJAPHonda Racing UK+2.063s
20Joe FrancisGBRIforce BMW+2.241s
21Ryo MizunoJAPHonda Racing UK+2.269s
22Storm StaceyGBRTeam LKQ Kawasaki+2.805s
23Dean HarrisonGBRSilicone Racing Kawasaki+3.105s
24Bjorn EstmentSACatfoss Racing Suzuki+3.125s
25Luke HopkinsGBRHopkins Honda Racing+4.318s
26Brian McCormackIRLFHO Racing BMW+4.559s

Irwin led the majority of the session with O’Halloran a close second, however, the Australian’s time of 1:15.261s was enough to displace the Northern Irishman by a tenth of a second. 

Championship leader Christian Iddon looked on course for a tenth place finish before a late burst into the top three. 

The gap from O’Halloran and Irwin to the chasing pack was nearly seven tenths of a second in conditions much more favorable than Friday. 

Friday Free Practice

Lee Jackson topped Friday’s combined free practice times at Thruxton, while Christian Iddon and Jason O’Halloran completed top three

The opening BSB free practice session got underway in dry conditions before rain hit the 2.3 mile Thruxton circuit, meaning the riders who had completed a lap early on remained at the top of the times. 

Jackson set his best time just before the rain shower fell, while title favourites Christian Iddon and Jason O’Halloran were separated by just +0.033s in second and third. 

After a disappointing start to the season given his impressive pre-season tests, Kyle Ryde made a return to the top ten as he finished fourth quickest. 

Local man Tommy Bridewell was fifth fastest coming off his best weekend of the season at Brands Hatch. 

There was also a significant improvement in performance from SYNETIQ BMW rider Andrew Irwin who was sixth overall on day-one. 

Team-mate and championship contender Danny Buchan narrowly made his way into the top 12 with 11th place, however, Tarran Mackenzie - third in the standings - will need to go through Q1 after finishing 14th. Defending series champion Josh Brookes endured another tough day as he could only claim 19th spot.