Laverty pips Byrne to top spot at Donington Park

Author: Oli Rushby Pics: Impact Images Posted: 31 Mar 2016

Laverty closes pre-season testing on top

Michael Laverty pipped Shane Byrne to the top spot on the final day of British Superbike testing at Donington Park with the Tyco BMW man waiting until the closing moments to knock the four-time champion from the top spot.

Both Laverty and Byrne were quicker than Ryuichi Kiyonari’s pole position at the Leicestershire circuit in last year’s opening round with their closest challenger, Laverty’s Tyco team-mate Christian Iddon, some six tenths back.

Jason O’Halloran showed a remarkable return to form in just his second official event since suffering a bad break to his leg at Thruxton last year. The Aussie’s time of 1’29.932 placed him fourth fastest ahead of Teccare Quattro Plant Kawasaki man Luke Mossey.

Dan Linfoot completed the top six on his Honda Racing CBR1000R ahead of new Bennetts Suzuki signing Ryuichi Kiyonari.

Rookie Glenn Irwin took eighth on the second BeWiser Ducati ahead of National Superstock 1000 Champion Alastair Seeley.

Danny Buchan completed the top ten. Notably absent from proceedings were the JG Speedfit Kawasaki trio of Haslam, Ellison and Hickman plus Tommy Hill’s new ePayMe Yamaha outfit with riders Stuart Easton and John Hopkins.

The next time riders unleash their machines will be in anger for the first free practice session of the season which gets underway at Silverstone next week. 

Laverty tops the timesheet