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Redding under the lap record to lead Bridewell after opening Showdown free practice

Scott Redding kicked off the Bennetts British Superbike Championship Showdown in style at Assen this afternoon, lapping 0.270s under the existing lap record to top the free practice times ahead of Title Fighter rival Tommy Bridewell at the end of the opening day.

Redding had set the benchmark earlier in the session, before setting the fastest lap of the day in the closing ten minutes to hold off an improving Bridewell on the Oxford Racing Ducati as the team prepare for their first attack on a Showdown.

The McAMS Yamaha charge was led by Jason O'Halloran in third place, with his Title Fighter teammate Tarran Mackenzie holding 18th position after a challenging opening day on track.

Luke Stapleford was fourth fastest on the Buildbase Suzuki ahead of Hector Barbera who completed the top five for the Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki team, taking advantage of his track knowledge to be the fastest of the Team Green contenders.

Dan Linfoot was sixth fastest for the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team with Peter Hickman posting the seventh fastest time in the final stages of the session to be the third fastest of the Showdown contenders after the opening day on track.

Xavi Forés returned to familiar territory at Assen, posting the eighth fastest time ahead of Christian Iddon with championship leader Josh Brookes completing the top ten for Be Wiser Ducati and 0.038s ahead of Showdown rival Danny Buchan.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Assen, Free Practice 2 result:

  1. Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 0.474s
  3. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +0.770s
  4. Luke Stapleford (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.937s
  5. Hector Barbera (Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.974s
  6. Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) +1.029s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.060s
  8. Xavi Forés (Honda Racing) +1.148s
  9. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +1.186s
  10. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.224s

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