Walker in hot pursuit, Haga off the pace
SHANE 'Shakey' Byrne posted the fastest time in the first Free Practice at Thruxton.
In sunny and dry conditions, Byrne posted a 1:15.969, followed by Chris Walker who posted a 1:16.304.
Last year, Byrne also lead the first Free Practice on his HM Plant Honda with a best time of 1.16.249, showing that a lack of traction control isn't slowing the riders down on the fast and bumpy 2.4 mile circuit.
Last year's champion Tommy Hill was fifth fastest with a 1:16.897 but team mate Noriyuki Haga - who is visiting Thruxton for the first time - is down in 27th, posting a best time of 1:18.970.
The fastest Ducati Panigale was Alex 'The Pirate' Polita who is also at Thruxton for the first time. He posted a 1:18.512, just behind Jon Kirkham but one infront of Supersport champion Alastair Seeley.
Abdul aziz bin Laden also on a Ducati Panigale posted the slowest time of 1:25.558, well outside of the 107.5% qualifying time of 1:21.666 he'll need to find in qualifying if he's to make the grid.
Posted: 13/04/2012 at 14:03
Posted: 13/04/2012 at 17:51
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