Samsung Honda title contender Alex Lowes continued to assert his authority on round two of the British Superbike Championship at a wet and cloudy Snetterton this afternoon. The Derby-based rider followed up his scintillating form of this mornings opening session by recording a much improved time on a drying track to post a best of 1:16.412s and somewhat surprisingly completing the least number of laps of the top runners, just 15 laps needed to take top spot.
|Lowes in full flight at Brands Hatch last weekend|
Tyco Suzuki’s resident New Yorker PJ Jacobsen made a welcome appearance in the top five then immediately trumped that with a lap of 1:16.706 to secure second place on the time sheets and put himself firmly in the running for a top grid slot ahead of FP3 tomorrow morning and Qualifying tomorrow afternoon, although the current weather report gives better weather for FP3 but rain showers for QP. Jacobsens team mate Josh Brookes continued his consistent progress from this morning again recording the fourth fastest time just 0.6s back of provisional pole man Lowes.
The session was briefly interrupted by a red flag with 30 mins to go as Lee Costello fell at Village. The Halsall Kawasaki rider took a trip to the medical centre however was ruled fit to continue with the weekend, although as a result did not post a time in this session.
After being unsure last weekend of whether or not he would be competing at Thruxton, former WSB star Jakub Smrz made a late charge in to the top five on his final flying lap to fire his Padgetts Honda in to fifth place but ride of the day has to be crocked Bathams Honda rider Michael Rutter, riding with a still-healing broken leg the dry Midlander, who ran as high as third mid-session posted the sixth fastest time of the session and also completed the most laps with 29 circuits of the Hampshire track, in what could be a dress-rehearsal to test leg fitness ahead of Sundays double-header of races.
Reigning champion Shane Byrne rode his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki ZX-10R to third place but needs to find 0.790s to challenge for pole tomorrow afternoon. After a fine second place this morning Byrnes team mate Keith Farmer found himself further back than he’d like this afternoon in tricky damp/drying conditions in twelfth place but more surprisingly was triple Champion Kiyonari in 16th and Brands Hatch race two winner James Ellison in 17th but as only 1s covers 5th to 16th the two title hopefuls can make up ground tomorrow.
BSB FP2 Top Ten Times
1 22 Alex LOWES GBR Honda – Samsung Honda 1:16.412
2 99 PJ JACOBSEN USA Suzuki – Tyco Suzuki 1:16.706
3 67 Shane BYRNE GBR Kawasaki – Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:16.790
4 2 Josh BROOKES AUS Suzuki – Tyco Suzuki 1:17.014
5 96 Jakub SMRZ CZE Honda – Padgetts Honda 1:17.477
6 11 Michael RUTTER GBR Honda – Bathams Honda 1:17.479
7 21 Josh WATERS AUS Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha 1:17.527
8 9 Chris WALKER GBR Kawasaki – Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:17.555
9 10 Jon KIRKHAM GBR BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:17.709
10 27 James WESTMORELAND GBR BMW – Buildbase BMW Motorrad 1:17.776
11 68 Karl HARRIS GBR Kawasaki – PR Racing Kawasaki 1:17.855
12 303 Keith FARMER GBR Kawasaki – Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki 1:18.092
13 60 Peter HICKMAN GBR Honda – Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Honda 1:18.182
14 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR BMW – Riders Motorcycles 1:18.282
15 83 Danny BUCHAN GBR Kawasaki – Quattro Plant Kawasaki 1:18.308
16 23 Ryuichi KIYONARI JPN Honda – Samsung Honda 1:18.337
17 77 James ELLISON GBR Yamaha – Milwaukee Yamaha 1:18.498
18 46 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR Honda – Bathams Honda 1:18.562
19 51 Luke QUIGLEY GBR Kawasaki – MH Kawasaki 1:19.003
20 43 Howie MAINWARING GBR Kawasaki – MH Kawasaki 1:19.184
21 127 Robbin HARMS DEN Honda – Doodson Motorsport Honda 1:19.211
22 15 Matteo BAIOCCO ITA Ducati – Rapido Sport Racing 1:19.398
23 20 Jenny TINMOUTH GBR Honda – Two Wheel Racing 1:19.786
24 64 Aaron ZANOTTI GBR Suzuki – Aaron Zanotti Racing 1:21.598