Monteblanco BSB test: Redding fastest on day one

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Be Wiser Ducati’s Scott Redding finished the opening day of official Bennetts British Superbike testing at the top of the timesheets, opening a one-tenth gap over this morning’s quickest man Xavi Fores.

The Honda rider stuck in a 1’37.563 before lunch but Redding topped that on the Panigale V4 in the afternoon with a 1’37.335 to lead by 0.169s. Fores did lap faster on his Fireblade, setting a 1’37.504 for the day.

McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran improved his time by two-tenths but slipped back to third while FS-3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan launched himself up to fourth late in session with a 1’38.085.

OMG Suzuki’s Luke Mossey moved up to fifth place with a 1’38.127 with Tarran Mackenzie in sixth on a 1’38.188.

Team WD-40’s Claudio Corti, who will make his BSB debut this season, finished in seventh place after finding more than a second over lunch. The Italian suffered a crash but was unhurt and able to continue.

Brothers Glenn and Andrew Irwin, Kawasaki and Honda respectively, are glued together in eighth and ninth while Josh Brookes hauled himself into the top ten late on with a 1’38.435 to finish a second off the pace.

Josh Elliot, Bradley Ray, Ben Currie - who suffered a slow-speed spill - Luke Stapleford and Ryan Vickers completed the top 15.

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