Jake Dixon led the way in both dry and wet conditions as the Bennetts British Superbike Showdown got underway at Oulton Park.
The RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki rider got his championship fight off to the best of starts, topping rival Leon Haslam in the morning’s dry session before going on to decimate the field in a soggy FP2, which had to be red-flagged due to track conditions mid-way through.
Dixon’s time of 1’48.099 was 1.3 seconds quicker than Honda’s Jason O’Halloran in the wet and the wet practice could come in useful with the potential of rain on Sunday.
Series leader Haslam was just 0.3 seconds off Dixon in the dry, but place eighth in the wet session as he ironed a number of issues out with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki.
Danny Buchan was third quickest in the morning session, just 0.043 seconds ahead of Richard Cooper, who was another to prove quick in both the wet and dry.
McAMS Yamaha’s Josh Brookes set the fifth quickest time of the day with the final Showdown contender of Peter Hickman rounding out the top six in the dry.
Luke Mossey enjoyed a strong opening day for JG Speedfit Kawasaki, leading the morning session for quite some time before dropping down the field to seventh towards the end.
The top ten was completed by the Honda of Jason O’Halloran, Anvil Hire Yamaha of James Ellison and Bradley Ray.
Free Practice 1 (Dry)
Free Practice 2 (Wet)