Series leader Scott Redding quickly got to grips with yet another new circuit as he led the action in this morning’s final Bennetts British Superbike free practice at Thruxton.
The Be Wiser Ducati ace made a late charge to become the only man so far to dip into the 1’14s bracket this weekend, leading Danny Buchan by almost two tenths of a second.
Following on from his Friday form, Smith’s BMW’s Peter Hickman shot to the top of the times with his opening flyer before Tarran Mackenzie went quickest as he and Luke Mossey joined him in the 1’15 bracket.
Honda Racing’s Andrew Irwin soon clocked a 1’15.838 to go fourth fastest before Santander Salt TAG Racing man Dan Linfoot moved everyone back a place as he leap-frogged the front pack to take P1.
The Ducatis of Tommy Bridewell and Scott Redding slotted into the top five a few minutes later, but it was all change at the top with less than 20 minutes to go as FS-3 Kawasaki’s Danny Buchan chalked up the quickest lap of the weekend, a 1’15.105, to move into the top spot.
Less than two minutes later, Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon powered into P2 with a 1’15.194, just under 0.090s off Buchan but over a quarter of a second clear of Linfoot in third.
With less than 10 minutes remaining, McAMS Yamaha’s Jason O’Halloran split Linfoot and Iddon with a 1’15.338 as jumped up five places to move into third.
Irwin then put his Fireblade fourth with just under four minutes to go, but the front of the field was knocked back a minute latter as Scott Redding scorched to the top with a 1’14.916, just 0.163s off Shakey Byrne’s 2016 lap record.
Hickman rebounded into the top four moments later, but was immediately nudged back by OMG Suzuki’s Mossey before the TT ace powered back up to third with a 1’15.140 - the exact same time he led with yesterday.
But as the chequered flag dropped, no one could overtake Redding’s top time as the Thruxton newcomer took control.
Buchan’s 1’15.105 secured him second ahead of Hickman and Iddon while Mossey ended the session fifth.
O’Halloran led the Yamaha charge in sixth ahead of the second PBM Ducati of Brookes, leaving Linfoot and brothers Andrew Irwin and Tyco BMW’s Glenn to round out the top 10.