Keith Farmer scorched to the quickest time of the day as he toppled the Ducati of Josh Brookes and Scott Redding in today’s second Bennetts British Superbike free practice.
Tyco BMW’s top man powered to a 1’06.475 with just a couple of minutes remaining and held on despite charges from the Be Wiser boys and fellow V4 pilot Tommy Bridewell.
Spaniard Fores had hit the top of the times early on for Honda Racing with a 1’07.225, leading Luke Mossey as a scramble for third ensued behind with Danny Buchan, Jason O’Halloran, Tarran Mackenzie and Josh Elliott all in the mix.
But FS-3 Kawasaki man Buchan shot to the top a few minutes later before Mossey nudged him back to second with a 1’07.118, pushing Fores back to third just ahead of Farmer. and Stapleford.
With just over 30 minutes to go, Bridewell skirted the 1’06s with a 1’07.027 to go quickest and upped the ante with a 1’06.792 just two laps later before hitting the pits.
Mossey made it even-stevens with just over 20 minutes to run as he, too, clocked a 1’06.792 to sit dead level with Bridewell.
Five minutes later, Buildbase Suzuki’s leading man Stapleford laid down a high 1’06 to slot into third, but it was all surprise with just under seven minutes to go in the session as TAS man Farmer eclipsed them all with a 1’06.591 while Brookes slotted into second, 0.002s clear of Bridewell.
But Farmer was on a charge and with just under two minutes remaining and went even better with a 1’06.475 to increase his grip on the top spot, beating the V4 Panigales of Brookes, Redding and Bridewell after Redding’s late flyer.
JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s stand-in World Championship recruit Hector Barbera finished fifth, leading OMG Suzuki’s Mossey and McAMS Yamaha rider Mackenzie.
Hickman went eighth quickest for Smith’s BMW while Christian Iddon and Stapleford completed the top 10.