Ashcourt Racing’s Lee Johnston ended the opening British Supersport test session of 2021, in the best possible fashion by finishing overall fastest.
Chipping away with his pace, the multi North West 200, Ulster GP race winner in today’s final timed session for Supersport exponents registered a time screen topping lap time of 56.321 seconds.
Overall the twice Steve Henshaw Gold Cup winner at Silverstone completed close to 50 laps, recording in total 47 representative lap times.
16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson, fresh from the announcement that he would be piloting an Edwards 1902 backed YZF R1 Yamaha during this year’s Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship, wasn’t far off the pace on his return to competitive action at Silverstone.
Session by session building his speed, confidence with his McAMS Yamaha run steed, the fourth and final Superstock 1000 practice session saw him finish 15th fastest 0.780 behind pace setter Tim Neave, thanks to a best lap time of 55.868 seconds.
Four times North West 200 winner Glenn Irwin looked in good form during this morning, afternoon’s season opening BSB test sessions.
Irwin who is keen to tackle the TT Races in the near future, led the Honda Racing challenge at Silverstone, finishing overall seventh quickest.
Quicker today than the likes of Tommy Bridewell, Tarran Mackenzie, Gino Rea and Danny Buchan, Irwin almost dipped below the 54 seconds barrier, recording a best lap time of 54.031 seconds.
A new look, new challenges, a new vibe were just some of the expressions to describe Peter Hickman’s first outing aboard the FHO Racing M1000RR BMW.
Piloting the striking turquoise blue and black liveried Superbike, the world’s fastest road racer whilst overall 18th quickest, still gained valuable track time a plenty, completing no less than 65 laps.
Optimistic of enjoying a much more productive season after his and previous suitors, Smiths Racing’s struggles during 2020, the five times TT winner is keen to regain his position as top BMW BSB runner in 2021 and re-join the premier ‘Showdown’ fold.
Brian McCormack/Dean Harrison/Joe Thompson:
The Republic of Ireland’s speediest TT exponent Brian McCormack, opening BSB test session of 2021 proved productive with the former Faugheen 50 race winner completing over 60 laps and outpacing a certain International roads ‘Alien’.
McCormack’s best lap time of 56.525 seconds, set during today’s fourth and final practice session made him 0.336 quicker than current Senior TT Champion, Dean Harrison.
For Silicone Engineering Racing’s Harrison, Wednesday’s Silverstone Superbike practice stints would yield a sub 57 second lap time and a fairly decent laps completed total of 71.
Whilst BSB newcomer York’s Joe Thompson, having his first outing aboard the NP Motorcycles BMW, overall laps total stood at 90 as he made the most of the track time available.
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou