Haslam heads second session as times tumble at Silverstone

Leon Haslam set the pace in the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship official test session at Silverstone as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki displaced Jakub Smrz from the top of the times in the final stages as the times began to tumble in a session where the top eleven riders were covered by just 0.914s.

Haslam had waited until the end of the session to move to the top as he prepares for his return to MCE BSB, but it was only by 0.085s from Czech rival Smrz on the Smiths Racing BMW at the chequered flag.

Filip Backlund took a leap up the order in the closing minute to move third fastest onboard the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki, pushing Ryuichi Kiyonari back to fourth after he had topped the opening morning session for Bennetts Suzuki.

Dan Linfoot had a spell at the top of the times at the beginning of the session for Honda Racing, but was only 0.281s adrift of Haslam's pace-setting time. Luke Mossey continued to make progress with the Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki, moving up to sixth ahead of Christian Iddon who also hit the top of the times during the session.

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne set the eighth fastest time as the Be Wiser Ducati team continue their development programme with the Panigale with Michael Laverty and Tommy Bridewell completing the top ten, featuring five different manufacturers and seven teams.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Official Test:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 2m:07.713s
  2. Jakub Smrz (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.085s
  3. Fillip Backlund (Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki) +0.125s
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.138s
  5. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.281s
  6. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) +0.356s
  7. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.480s
  8. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.607s
  9. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.798s
  10. Tommy Bridewell (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.849s

Last updated: Tuesday, March 29, 2016