A group of leading, vastly successful Mountain Course competitors led the pure road racing charge at the final pre season BSB test at Donington Park.
In blazing hot weather, the pace on track was equally sizzling and riders to catch the eye included 16 times TT winner Ian Hutchinson.
Starting to look in good fettle with the Edwards 1902 backed R1 Yamaha, Hutchinson ended yesterday’s test a very creditable seventh quickest in terms of National Superstock 1000 Championship racers.
His best lap time of 1 minute 08.019 would have put him 22nd quickest within the BSB field, ahead of the likes of Honda Racing’s Ryo Mizuno, Roadhouse Macau by FHO Racing’s Brian McCormack and Supersport, Lightweight TT lap record holder Michael Dunlop.
Dunlop who earlier this year placed 11th in the Daytona 200, as at the previous BSB test at Oulton Park made an under the radar appearance piloting the DC Racing BMW.
Chipping away with his pace, come the conclusion of Tuesday’s timed action he registered a best lap of 1 minute 09.131 seconds and completed in total 64 laps.
Fellow countryman Lee Johnston astride the Ashcourt Racing Yamaha, proved more than a touch competitive again, finishing overall fifth fastest Supersport exponent.
Whilst for good friend, Bob Smith Spring Cup winner Dean Harrison fortunes weren’t as prominent as technical issues thwarted his track time at Donington.
Immingham’s Craig Neve, 23 times TT winner John McGuinness MBE were the respective fourth, fifth fastest Ducati TriOptions Cup racers whilst added real roads forces in testing action included:
NG Road Racing Castle Combe front runner Sam West, DC Racing’s Mike Norbury, new Ashcourt Racing signing Damon Rees and York’s Joe Thompson, who is set to bring the NP Motorcycles BMW to Armoy next month.
Photo credit: Michael Wincott
Words by Stevie Rial #dontletfearcontrolyou