Scott Redding continued to dominate proceedings this afternoon as he topped the second Bennetts British Superbike free practice before rain halted play.
The Be Wiser Ducati rider had led almost the entire session, only briefly being beaten nudged off the top spot by Tarran Mackenzie, but wet weather set in over Norfolk to bring action to a premature end.
After leading the first practice, Redding was straight back into the lead as second practice got underway with team-mate Josh Brookes tucking into second ahead of Honda Racing’s Andrew Irwin.
Redding was quickly back into the 1’48s, but Tarran Mackenzie wasn’t far behind and McAMS Yamaha rider laid down an early time to go second quickest, knocking Brookes back to third before Peter Hickman dropped the Australian a place further.
Four laps in, Mackenzie pipped Redding by just under 0.04s to go quickest, but Redding regained authority with just over 30 minutes to go as he clocked a 1’48.282, the fastest time of the weekend so far.
But with two thirds of the session remaining, it looked to be an early end to the day for Jason O’Halloran as he was given a black and orange flag and pulled off with a technical problem at Turn 7 after running in fifth.
Redding dropped three hundredths off his time a few minutes later, but still sat well in control and other than Oxford Ducati’s Tommy Bridewell powering up to fourth, the top five remained largely unchanged.
Buildbase Suzuki’s top runner Luke Stapleford tipped off at Nelson while running 12th with just under 15 minutes remaining, but with less than five minutes to go, rain hit all sectors and brought the session to a premature halt with Redding well in control of proceedings.
Mackenzie, Hickman, Bridewell and Irwin rounded out the top five with the technical issue-hit O’Halloran and OMG Suzuki’s Luke Mossey finishing sixth and seventh.
FS-3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan, Santander Salt TAG Racing’s Dan Linfoot and Quattro Plant JG Speedfit stand-in Hector Barbera completed the top 10.