Donington Park: Byrne edges out Kiyonari in final practice session

Reigning champion, Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, will go into the first Datatag Extreme Qualifying session of the new season leading the pack after beating Ryuichi Kiyonari in this morning’s final practice session.

Byrne put in a lap of 1:29.847 in the final seconds of the session to move ahead of Kiyonari, but the pair were very close and Byrne’s time was just 0.090s quicker than the Buildbase BMW rider.

Last season’s title contenders have been hard to split all weekend, with Kiyonari getting the better of Byrne in yesterday’s second free practice session by only 0.010s.

Behind the top two Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes showed some improvement from the Saturday sessions to be third quickest, ahead of James Ellison on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki.

Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot put in a lap-time of 1:30.381 late-on in the session to knock Billy McConnell down to sixth place, with Stuart Easton behind them in seventh.

Under the new rules for the 2015 MCE British Superbike Championship, only the top 30 riders from the practice sessions go into qualifying, with those finishing in 31st place and below starting the race from their practice position.

Jakub Smrz will start from 31st position after the Lloyds British Ducati team were unable to solve their issues following a crash on Saturday.

Taylor Mackenzie is next in 32nd place after failing to make it out onto the track due to technical issues, with David Johnson and Aaron Zanotti lining-up in 33rd and 34th places respectively.

Honda’s Jenny Tinmouth and SBK City Racing Kawasaki’s Rhalf Lo Turco close-out the grid formation.

This afternoon’s Datatag Extreme Qualifying session for round one of the 2015 BSB session gets underway at 16:05.

Donington Park Free Practice Times

167Shane ByrnePBM Kawasaki1m29.874s
223Ryuichi KiyonariBuildbase BMW1m29.964s
325Josh BrookesMilwaukee Yamaha1m30.163s
44Daniel LinfootHonda Racing1m30.334s
55Stuart EastonPBM Kawasaki1m30.381s
677James EllisonJG Speedfit Kawasaki1m30.412s
712Luke MosseyQuattro Plant Kawasaki1m30.420s
883Danny BuchanBe Wiser Kawasaki1m30.525s
96James WestmorelandJG Speedfit Kawasaki1m30.658s
103Billy McConnellSmiths Racing BMW1m30.677s
1160Peter HickmanRAF Reserves BMW1m30.715s
1247Richard CooperAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki1m30.748s
1346Tommy BridewellTyco BMW1m30.832s
1443Howie Mainwaring SmartQuattro Plant Kawasaki1m31.000s
152Broc ParkesMilwaukee Yamaha1m31.123s
169Chris WalkerBe Wiser Kawasaki1m31.135s
1714Lee JacksonBuildbase BMW1m31.193s
187Michael LavertyTyco BMW1m31.367s
1924Christian IddonBennetts Suzuki1m31.418s
2099Filip BacklundAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki1m31.437s
2127Robbin HarmsMotoDex Performance First BMW1m31.460s
2221Josh WatersBennetts Suzuki1m31.498s
2322Jason O'HalloranHonda Racing1m31.632s
2466Ian HutchinsonPBM Kawasaki1m31.690s
2528Victor CoxMorello Racing Kawasaki1m31.704s
2640Martin JessoppRiders Motorcycles BMW1m31.709s
2786Daniel JohnsonMorello Racing Kawasaki1m32.256s
288Shaun WinfieldAnvil Hire TAG Racing Kawasaki1m32.306s
2953Joe BurnsGearlink Kawasaki1m32.568s
3044Jack KennedyTeam WD40 Kawasaki1m32.898s
3116David JohnsonMotoDex Performance First BMW1m32.948s
3264Aaron ZanottiA-Plant Yamaha1m33.612s
3320Jenny TinmouthHonda Racing1m34.691s
3445Rhalf Lo TurcoSBKCity Kawasaki1m34.837s