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Road Racer’s Adventures: BSB Silverstone, Day 1

Championship leader Glenn Irwin, kicked off his BSB Silverstone campaign today in pretty productive fashion, finishing second quickest in the opening free practice session.

Irwin who has enjoyed a quite tumultuous start to the season, was in good form again on the Honda Racing Superbike, registering a best lap time of 53.607 seconds.

Fellow International roads giant Peter Hickman (Globot Robots BMW) also looked in good shape during FP1, completing 30 laps, taking 17th on the timing screens via a sub 54.2 seconds lap time.

ON1 Racing’s Brian McCormack 25th quickest, nudged under the 57 seconds lap mark, plus completed a fair bit of mileage on his S1000RR BMW steed, completing 35 laps.

National Superstock 1000 Championship wise, lead International roads exponent was again Davey Todd. Honda Racing’s Todd placed respectively 9th, 5th in this afternoon’s timed practice sessions.

16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson (Edwards 1902 BMW) took 12th on the FP2 times sheet, whilst added pure roads competitors in action on stock 1000cc machinery included Scarborough Gold Cup bound Rob Hodson (Dafabet Devitt Racing) and Junior Manx GP runner-up Stephen Smith.

Reigning Senior TT Champion Dean Harrison, 19 times TT winner Michael Dunlop were both down to compete this weekend but both appear to be non starters.

Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston excellent from Snetterton has rallied onto Silverstone with the ever ebullient racer performing strong within opening British Supersport practice sessions.

Ending the day with a best lap time of 56.459 seconds, Johnston’s lap total from Friday at Silverstone stood at 52.

Photo by Tommy Vennard

24 times North West 200 winner Alastair Seeley led the British GP2 challenge in FP1, before finishing second best GP2 competitor to Joe Thompson’s Spirit Moto Corsa team mate Mason Law within FP2.

Rounding up today’s action from an International roads perspective at Silverstone, Adam McLean (Binch Racing) despite an incident still placed 13th fastest within the second Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship practice session.

Whilst early evening’s Ducati TriOptions Cup qualifying saw Immingham’s Craig Neve place seventh quickest, two spots ahead of 23 times TT winner John McGuinness.

Words by Stevie Rial

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