Croft British Superbikes: HM Plant Honda's Jonathan Rea the man to beat at Croft

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HM Plant Honda’s Jonathan Rea was the quickest rider again at Croft in this afternoon’s second free practice session.

Rea recorded a best time of 1:20.110 to go to the top of the leader board after 26 minutes before falling off on the next lap.

But the Ulsterman was able to carry on and just went back to the garages to get his CBR1000RR checked over before going out for some more laps.

It was his teammate Ryuichi Kiyonari who went in to the lead from the pits with a 1:37.332, but he was soon pipped out of his spot as the riders got in to their fast laps. Rea was first to go fastest with a 1:23.514 before Airwaves Ducati’s Gregorio Lavilla recorded a 1:21.643.

Lavilla then improved on his time knocking more than a second off as Ryuichi Kiyonari moved back up to second with a 1:21.163.

Stobart Vent Axia Honda’s Shane Byrne was on the pace for most of the session recording a 1:21.023 early on but had dropped out of the top five by the end.

Gregorio Lavilla knocked Rea off the top to go quickest after 11 mniutes with a 1:20.225, but it was Rea who would have the final say as he posted his 1:20.110.

Other fallers in the session were Hawk Kawasaki’s Scott Smart who went off after 25 minutes at Clerveaux and MSS Discovery Kawasaki’s Michael Rutter who went off at Tower 12 minutes before the end.

Honda rider Chris Martin had to stop with a technical problem at Tower.

Croft British Superbikes free practice two results:

1 Jonathan Rea GBR Honda 1:20.110
2 Gregorio Lavilla ESP Ducati 1:20.225
3 Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Honda 1:20.358
4 Leon Haslam GBR Ducati 1:20.404
5 Tom Sykes GBR Honda 1:20.411
6 Cal Crutchlow GBR Suzuki 1:20.477
7 Tommy Hill GBR Yamaha 1:20.483
8 Shane Byrne GBR Honda 1:20.586
9 Leon Camier GBR Honda 1:20.715
10 Karl Harris GBR Honda 1:20.514
11 Chris Walker GBR Suzuki 1:20.564
12 Michael Rutter GBR Kawasaki 1:20.753
13 Simon Andrews GBR Yamaha 1:20.553
14 Dean Thomas AUS Suzuki 1:20.661
15 Chris Martin GBR Honda 1:20.948
16 Scott Smart GBR Kawasaki 1:23.318
17 Aaron Zanotti GBR Yamaha 1:23.557
18 Tristan Palmer GBR Honda 1:23.780
19 Marty Nutt GBR Yamaha 1:23.920
20 Tom Tunstall GBR Honda 1:24.079
21 James Buckingham GBR Honda 1:24.086
22 Paul Barron IRL Yamaha 1:24.926
23 Malcolm Ashley GBR Kawasaki 1:25.062
24 Alex Camier GBR Kawasaki 1:25.217
25 Keith Amor GBR Yamaha 1:25.415
26 Ryan Rainey  GBR Honda 1:25.903
27 Neil Faulkner GBR Yamaha 1:26.393

Sarah Carnell

By Sarah Carnell