Britain’s James Toseland took a moment to take in the atmosphere at Brands Hatch this morning as thousands of fans cheered him around the circuit in warm up.
He spent his first lap waving to the thousands of fans who have turned out to see him in what is likely to be his last Brands Hatch event for some time with his 2008 MotoGP move.
Ducati’s Troy Bayliss was the fastest rider in warm up ahead of Hannspree Ten Kate Honda’s James Toseland.
The Australian completed 13 laps of the Kent circuit in the 20 minute session, with his best time at 1:26.174. This was half a second off Troy Bayliss’ superpole time, which put him on the front of the grid for this afternoon’s two races.
James Toseland’s best lap was a 1:26.324 with Team Sterilgarda’s Ruben Xaus third on his Ducati with a 1:26.779.
Britain’s second rider, Dean Ellison, was 19th with a best of 1:29.853.
Temperatures are already building at the Kent circuit with thousands of race fans lining the banks ahead of the start of the day’s races.
Brands Hatch World Superbike warm up results:
1 Troy BAYLISS AUS Ducati 999 F07 1'26.174
2 James TOSELAND GBR Honda CBR1000RR 1'26.324
3 Ruben XAUS ESP Ducati 999 F06 1'26.779
4 Noriyuki HAGA JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 1'26.885
5 Troy CORSER AUS Yamaha YZF-R1 1'26.919
6 Michel FABRIZIO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'26.982
7 Max BIAGGI ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 1'27.015
8 Lorenzo LANZI ITA Ducati 999 F07 1'27.038
9 Yukio KAGAYAMA JPN Suzuki GSX-R1000 K7 1'27.137
10 Roberto ROLFO ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'27.278
11 Fonsi NIETO ESP Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.399
12 Regis LACONI FRA Kawasaki ZX-10R 1'27.459
13 Steve MARTIN AUS Yamaha YZF-R1 1'27.711
14 Karl MUGGERIDGE AUS Honda CBR1000RR 1'27.750
15 Max NEUKIRCHNER GER Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 1'27.830
16 Shinichi NAKATOMI JPN Yamaha YZF-R1 1'28.644
17 Jakub SMRZ CZE Ducati 999 F05 1'28.885
18 Marty NUTT GBR Yamaha YZF-R1 1'29.026
19 Dean ELLISON GBR Ducati 999RS 1'29.853
20 Luca MORELLI ITA Honda CBR1000RR 1'29.939
21 Stefano CRUCIANI ITA Suzuki GSX-R1000 K6 1'30.287