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Haslam fastest in Croft testing session

Haslam fastest in  Croft testing session

Haslam fastest in Croft testing session

Airwaves Ducati rider Leon Haslam has topped the testing leader-board of the official practice day for the sixth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship, to be held at Croft Circuit in North Yorkshire, England.

Championship leader Michael Rutter, fresh from taking his eleventh victory in the NorthWest 200 event at the weekend, was third fastest in each session, and was satisfied with his work aboard the HM Plant Honda.

The changeable conditions, with rain falling at various times made life difficult for everyone. Red Bull Honda Rider Jonathan Rea managed to keep up with the pace and was marginally faster than Rutter in the morning, then sixth in the afternoon.

Tommy Hill, riding the Virgin Mobile Samsung Yamaha, was second fastest in the afternoon's quicker session, with his team-mate for this round, James Haydon settling well, running fifth fastest. The Andorran based rider is deputising for Sean Emmett as he shrugs-off the arm injuries sustained in a crash at Brands Hatch earlier in the season.

Much of the attention was focussed on the Rizla Suzuki of John Reynolds - the defending champion made a positive return after missing the two previous rounds to aid the recovery of the right leg he broke in a high-speed crash in testing.

He ran fourth fastest in the morning session, but was back in 14th in the afternoon, as some riders were able to better exploit the drier conditions. He has now confirmed that he will be racing.

Steve Plater, after an earlier tumble from his Sendo Kawasaki, recovered to post seventh best time overall but Gregorio Lavilla, the Spanish rider who will go into the event aiming to reduce his 46 points deficit on Rutter in the title stakes had a difficult time. Riding the Airwaves Ducati, he was back in ninth place first time out and tumbled out of the afternoon session, without injury.

The sixth round double-race session will take place on Sunday 5 June.

MotoGP, 2005

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