2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Ten – Assen – Friday Times / Report

Scott Redding kicked off the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown in style at Assen on Friday afternoon, lapping 0.270s under the existing record to top the free practice times ahead of Title Fighter rival Tommy Bridewell at the end of the opening day.

Redding had set the benchmark in the morning’s session, before then in the afternoon setting the fastest lap of the day in the closing ten minutes of FP2, holding off an improving Bridewell on the Oxford Racing Ducati as the team prepare for their first attack on a Showdown.

Scott Redding – P1

“It has been a good start, coming to a track I know and that has been the biggest thing for me – going out and directly knowing exactly where I am going and which corners are coming up next! It has been one of my favorite tracks, even in World Championships and I feel generally comfortable. The pace seems quite fast. I am not fully comfortable with the bike to be honest and we had a small issue in FP1. FP2 we had to try and manage and I lost some time, and just used the same tyres to make a good race pace. After day one I am satisfied and I am looking to improve over the weekend. The good thing for me is I have never been in the Showdown before and so I am treating this like any other race weekend. There is not added extra pressure because it is the Showdown, it is no different and I know I have the pace to fight for wins. I am on a track I feel comfortable with so it does work a bit in my favour and I feel like I am ready to fight to be top of the Showdown.”

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Scott Redding

The McAMS Yamaha charge was led by Jason O’Halloran in third place at the end of the first day of action, with his Title Fighter team-mate Tarran Mackenzie holding 18th position after a challenging day on track and with work to do ahead of Datatag Qualifying tomorrow.

Luke Stapleford was fourth fastest on the Buildbase Suzuki ahead of Hector Barbera who completed the top five for the Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, taking advantage of his track knowledge from his time in Grand Prix racing to be the fastest of the Team Green contenders.

Dan Linfoot was sixth fastest for the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team with Peter Hickman posting the seventh fastest time in the final stages of the session to be the third fastest of the Showdown contenders as the Showdown got underway.

Honda Racing’s Xavi Forés returned to familiar territory at Assen, posting the eighth fastest time ahead of Christian Iddon with championship leader Josh Brookes completing the top ten for Be Wiser Ducati and 0.038s ahead of Showdown rival Danny Buchan.

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Josh Brookes

Bennetts British Superbikes FP1 and FP2 Times


1Scott REDDING1m36.685
2Xavi FORÉS+0.484
3Danny BUCHAN+0.507
4Glenn IRWIN+0.613
5Josh BROOKES+0.713
6Héctor BARBERÁ+0.838
7Tommy BRIDEWELL+0.907
8Luke STAPLEFORD+0.910
9Christian IDDON+0.989
10Jason O’HALLORAN+1.095
11Andrew IRWIN+1.254
12Dan LINFOOT+1.310
13Peter HICKMAN+1.330
14Luke MOSSEY+1.392
15Richard COOPER+1.498
16Bradley RAY+1.576
17Claudio CORTI+1.628
18Ryan VICKERS+1.882
19Joe FRANCIS+2.052
20James ELLISON+2.383
21Tarran MACKENZIE+2.485
22Ben CURRIE+2.718
23Josh OWENS+3.469
24Matt TRUELOVE+3.726
25Alex OLSEN+3.905
26Shaun WINFIELD+4.335
27Sam COVENTRY+4.604
1Scott REDDING1m36.060
2Tommy BRIDEWELL+0.474
3Jason O’HALLORAN+0.770
4Luke STAPLEFORD+0.937
5Héctor BARBERÁ+0.974
6Dan LINFOOT+1.029
7Peter HICKMAN+1.060
8Xavi FORÉS+1.148
9Christian IDDON+1.186
10Josh BROOKES+1.224
11Danny BUCHAN+1.261
12Luke MOSSEY+1.270
13Ryan VICKERS+1.304
14Bradley RAY+1.373
15Andrew IRWIN+1.597
16Richard COOPER+1.869
17Claudio CORTI+1.903
18Tarran MACKENZIE+2.060
19James ELLISON+2.278
20Ben CURRIE+2.350
21Glenn IRWIN+2.695
22Joe FRANCIS+2.742
23Alex OLSEN+3.168
24Josh OWENS+3.583
25Matt TRUELOVE+3.670
26Shaun WINFIELD+3.954
27Sam COVENTRY+4.380

Dickies British Supersport

Kyle Ryde led the way from Jack Kennedy in both Supersport practice sessions but joining them on that provisional front row is Aussie young gun Tom Toparis. Ryde is on a GP2 machine, a Moto2 specification machine that races as a sub-category within Supersport, while both Kennedy and Toparis are on regular 600 Supersport machines. 

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Tom Toparis, #21 pictured here behind Mason Law, was P3 in the Supersport / GP2 sessions but P2 in Supersport

This weekend also has an International Supersport 300 category joining the ranks of BSB. Young Dutch locals Thom Molenaar and Niek van der Broek led the way from Belgium’s Sasha de Vits in what is a 38-rider field. 

Max Stauffer was a strong ninth with his fastest lap coming on the last lap of the day as he familiarises himself with the Assen lay-out. 

Dickies British Supersport FP1 and FP2 Times

1Kyle RYDE1m40.081
2Jack KENNEDY+0.144
3Mason LAW+0.671
4Brad JONES+0.715
5Tom TOPARIS+1.001
6Eemeli LAHTI+1.427
7Harry TRUELOVE+1.631
8Charlie NESBITT+1.709
9Jorel BOERBOOM+1.943
10Ross PATTERSON+2.003
11Vasco van der VALK+2.073
12Jeroen HILSTER+2.163
13Rob HARTOG+2.339
14Richard KERR+2.390
15Kurt WIGLEY+2.451
16Tom OLIVER+2.489
17Bradley PERIE+2.578
18Rory SKINNER+2.647
19Ben WILSON+2.880
20Sam WILFORD+3.070
21Ross TWYMAN+3.209
22Thomas STRUDWICK+3.310
23Joep OVERBEEKE+3.341
24Kevin MIJWAART+3.739
25Eduard TROOST+4.341
26Ryan DIXON+4.343
27Josh DAY+4.903
28David SHOUBRIDGE+5.784
29Aaron RIDEWOOD+6.035
30Tomás DE VRIES+6.175
31Jake ARCHER+6.421
32Alan NAYLOR+7.572
1Kyle RYDE1m39.098
2Jack KENNEDY+0.454
3Tom TOPARIS+1.110
4Brad JONES+1.180
5Eemeli LAHTI+1.572
6Harry TRUELOVE+1.643
7Tom OLIVER+1.751
8Charlie NESBITT+1.825
9Rory SKINNER+2.172
10Sam WILFORD+2.202
11Kurt WIGLEY+2.221
12Vasco van der VALK+2.233
13Jeroen HILSTER+2.263
14Ross PATTERSON+2.268
15Rob HARTOG+2.290
16Richard KERR+2.395
17Bradley PERIE+2.530
18Jorel BOERBOOM+2.591
19Mason LAW+2.630
20Ross TWYMAN+3.081
21Joep OVERBEEKE+3.242
22Thomas STRUDWICK+3.895
23Ryan DIXON+3.955
24Kevin MIJWAART+4.163
25Eduard TROOST+4.247
26Josh DAY+4.357
27Ivar DOORNBOS+4.662
28David SHOUBRIDGE+5.147
29Tomás DE VRIES+5.282
30Jake ARCHER+5.460
31Aaron RIDEWOOD+6.081
32Ben WILSON+7.995
33Alan NAYLOR+8.299
34Ben TOLLIDAY+9.083