MCE BSB - Snetterton Official Test
This week the MCE BSB class of 2016 headed to Snetterton for the official test to get warmed up for what will be a busy few months for them with a number of rounds in quick succession.
Testing is a perfect opportunity for teams to test what works and what doesn't, as well as make the most of getting to know the Snetterton circuit before we head there in July.
Here's how the action unfolded:
Day one - Session one
Tommy Bridewell finished on top of the first session, clinching the top spot in the closing minutes from John Hopkins who finished 0.340s behind the Suzuki rider.
It was a session in which every rider went out with a point to prove, with the likes of Laverty and Seeley showing early promise. Seeley finished in third position, followed by Mossey, Cooper and Laverty.
Day one - Session two
The second session belonged to Alastair Seeley who put in a fast lap in the final moments of the session, pushing Tyco BMW rider Michael Laverty back to second position, with Luke Mossey finishing third.
Bridewell finished in fourth position, with Haslam and O'Halloran making up the top six.
Cooper came off at Murrays unhurt and finished in the top ten.
Day one - Session three
It was Michael Laverty who finished the first day on top, having had to settle for second in the second session of the day (try and say that out loud) he was able to walk away from day one on top, with Luke Mossey and Jason O'Halloran making up the top three.
Ellison made the best start, however Mossey went fastest with ten minutes remaining. Laverty then pipped Mossey to the post.
Iddon and Haslam both crashed out unhurt at Agostini in separate incidents. Ellison, Iddon and Bridewell made up the top six.
Day two - Session one
Three different riders topped the three sessions yesterday, and Dan Linfoot made it four in four as the Honda man held off three consecutive JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders, all gunning for the top spot in the first session of day two. Hickman finished second, followed by Ellison and Haslam.
Shane Byrne crashed out unhurt at Murrays. Dixon and McConnell made up the top six.
Day two - Session two
Rain interrupted play for the remainder of day two, meaning this was the final session of the official test. Leon Haslam made it five riders in five sessions who hit the top spot. Michael Laverty still held the fastest time of the two days, with Haslam finishing 0.175s behind his time in session two of day two.
O'Halloran finished the session second, he was fastest for a spell, however Haslam was able to go faster and finish on top. Byrne made up the top three.
Ellison finished fourth followed by Irwin and Bridewell who made up the top six.
Alistair Seeley crashed out unhurt and the session was red flagged as a consequence. Billy McConnell finished in the top ten despite a crash at Brundles in the final stages, rider unhurt.
16.06.2016 - Big Ed