News 30 Mar 2016

Haslam tops official Silverstone BSB pre-season test

Returning Honda Racing rider O'Halloran completes top 10.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Michael Laverty looked set to end the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship official test at Silverstone on top, but in a dramatic final minute of the session Leon Haslam edged marginally ahead with the fastest time of the day by 0.122s.

The final session of the day was a battle for honours at the top of the times and Christian Iddon, Haslam, Danny Buchan, John Hopkins and Dan Linfoot all had a spell at the top but Laverty held the leading position into the final five minutes.

Haslam was on the attack in the closing seconds though and the ‘Pocket Rocket’ stole the leading position on his final lap, as he now looks ahead to his MCE BSB race return next weekend, 8-10 April.

Filip Backlund pushed for a flying lap on the Quattro Plant Cool Kawasaki, forcing his way up the order to third just ahead of Iddon, who was pushed back to fourth place on the second of the Tyco BMWs.

Danny Buchan had sat out the first session, but the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati fought back with a vengeance to move fifth on the combined times ahead of Dan Linfoot who was the fastest of the Honda Racing trio.

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne was seventh fastest on the Be Wiser Ducati ahead of ePayMe Yamaha’s John Hopkins with Richard Cooper and Australia’s Jason O’Halloran completing the top 10, covered by just 0.844s.