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Brookes sets standard as Kennedy gets up to speed



Flying machine: Josh Brookes set the fastest time

Flying machine: Josh Brookes set the fastest time

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Dublin ace Jack Kennedy

Dublin ace Jack Kennedy

Flying machine: Josh Brookes set the fastest time

Australian Josh Brookes led the way on the second day of the opening British Superbike tests of 2020 at the 2.439-mile Monteblanco Circuit in southern Spain.

The Vision Track Ducati ace laid an early marker with a one minute, 37.424 seconds lap, a tenth of a second ahead of Massingberd-Mundy Kawasaki pilot Danny Buchan.

British Supersport champion Jack Kennedy, on his Superbike debut for the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team, improved his Wednesday time by 2.273 seconds to finish in ninth position, half a second ahead of his team-mate Dan Linfoot in 13th.

Dubliner Kennedy said: "I've had to change my training regime over the winter to suit the demands of a full Superbike. I was very optimistic to see the potential the new R1 Yamaha had and I'm more than happy with how these first days turned out.

"I'm not going to reveal what personal goals I have set for myself at the tests, but I'm comfortable with the bike and will keep chipping away."

The top BMW on the first two days was the new Rich Energy OMG team, with Spaniard Hector Barbera the surprise packet to date in third position.

Peter Hickman, on the official Smiths Racing BMW, was down in 12th position, three quarters of a second behind fastest man Brookes.

Dean Harrison, like Hickman North West 200-bound in May, was 18th fastest after the opening two days on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki, while Graeme Irwin, making his Superbike debut on only his second season of tarmac after a distinguished motocross career, was down in 22nd position as he got to grips with the MET Healthcare Team 64 Kawasaki.

Ian Hutchinson - a 16-time Isle of Man TT winner - was also testing at Monteblanco on his new Raceways and Boyce Precision Engineering by Russell Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 that he will compete at the North West 200 and Isle of Man TT. There is still no update on a Superbike ride for the only man to win five solo TT races in one week.

Absent from the test were both the Tyco BMW team of Taylor Mackenzie and Bradley Rea and the Carrickfergus Honda Racing brothers Glenn and Andrew Irwin, with the first round of the BSB Championship at Silverstone between 10-12 April.

The Monteblanco test continues with its final day today before upping sticks and moving to Jerez tomorrow and Sunday.

Meanwhile, the ever popular Ballymoney Motorcycle Show in conjunction with the Mid Antrim 150 Club takes place this evening and tomorrow in Ballybrakes Community Bowling Club.

Organised by Davey Louden, there will be upwards of 90 motorcycles on view, the majority of them racing machines and some that have never been on public display before this week.

There will also be trade stands with motorcycling accessories, photographs, artwork and team merchandise to purchase, and chat shows with racing personalities.

The show will be supporting the Samaritans charity and all for a £5 admission fee.

The show opens today from 5pm-10pm and tomorrow from 10am-5pm.

Also, Clady Motorcycle Club's 25th Great Northern Autojumble takes place this evening and tomorrow in St Clare's Community Hall, 55 Chapel Road, Glenavy.

It will be open today from 5pm-10pm and tomorrow from 9.30am-4pm.

Belfast and District Motor Club have announced that Charles Hurst Motorcycle Village will be supporting the King of Kirkistown event on Easter Monday, April 13, at Kirkistown.

Carl Phillips was crowned King last year after two tremendous Superbike races.

Belfast Telegraph