Bradley Ray leads the way with the top 19 covered by 0.9s ahead of Silverstone race one 1Bradley Ray stormed to the top of the times after the opening day of Bennetts British Superbike Championship free practice at Silverstone as the Buildbase Suzuki rider bids to secure his place in the Showdown ahead of tomorrow’s opening race.

Ray holds fifth place in the standings ahead of the triple-header on the 1.64-mile National circuit to decide the top six and the 21-year-old held off Jake Dixon by just 0.127s for the top spot in the closing stages of the afternoon session.

Christian Iddon fired himself to into third place for Tyco BMW; he holds a 15 point deficit to Peter Hickman in sixth place in the standings ahead of race one and held off Jason O’Halloran for Honda Racing who also is bidding for a shot at the Showdown.

Glenn Irwin picked up his pace to set the fifth fastest time for the Be Wiser Ducati team ahead of Leon Haslam heroically bounced back from a huge crash in the opening session to set the sixth fastest time ahead of Peter Hickman. The Smiths Racing BMW rider holds the final place in the top six ahead of race one, but with just seven points between himself and Danny Buchan, who ended the day 16th, he is determined to keep his FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rival behind him.

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Gino Rea had a strong session for OMG Suzuki in eighth place with Tarran Mackenzie and Michael Laverty completing the top ten, with Showdown contender Josh Brookes sidelined with a technical problem which ruled him out after only ten laps of the session and put him 17th after the 2015 champion topped the opening morning session.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Free Practice 1:

  1. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) 54.395s
  2. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.061s
  3. Andrew Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.244s
  4. James Ellison (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.292s
  5. Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.293s
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.298s
  7. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.307s
  8. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.432s
  9. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.458s
  10. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.489s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, Free Practice 2:

  1. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 53.876s
  2. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.127s
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.188s
  4. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.322s
  5. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.383s
  6. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.423s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.489s
  8. Gino Rea (OMG Suzuki) +0.506s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.531s
  10. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.546s

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Bradley Ray
(Buildbase Suzuki)
Fastest in free practice
“It has been a good day and I quite like the new circuit to be fair; it is only one new corner so by the end of today we have all found the best and fastest line around there. It was only one corner to learn and I think it will make it really close in the races.

“It is obviously nice to end the day fastest and gives us an extra bit of confidence going into tomorrow for qualifying and race one.

“We just need to keep working as we are and find a few little improvements. Hopefully we can carry on tomorrow like we have today!”