Haslam wins all three races at Oulton Park
Leon Haslam emerged victorious in the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race of the triple-header weekend at Oulton Park. The intense Showdown deciding weekend produced a historic race one for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team who completely locked out the podium for the first time with James Ellison in second place ahead of Peter Hickman. At the start of the race Shane 'Shakey' Byrne hit the front of the pack from the pole position, but Ellison was instantly on the attack and had captured the lead before the stream of riders reached Clay Hill for the first time. Ellison was then leading Byrne, Haslam and a fighting Tommy Bridewell, with fellow Showdown contenders Luke Mossey, Peter Hickman, Michael Laverty and Richard Cooper in hot pursuit. As Bridewell made a bid to move up the order, the Bennetts Suzuki rider crashed out heavily, he was able to get to his feet, but that now puts him out of Showdown contention.
At the front Haslam was hounding Ellison for the lead and took the advantage at Lodge on the ninth lap to force his team-mate back to second with Byrne sitting in third place. The trio had made a break at the front, but a huge moment for Byrne on the exit of Hislop chicane saw the championship leader take to the gravel and rejoin in ninth place. It was a disastrous race too for Showdown contender Christian Iddon who crashed out at Brittens on the ninth lap and he now lies 35 points off sixth place in the standings with a maximum of 50 up for grabs in the two races tomorrow. Glenn Irwin was another rider to crash out of contention, but the Be Wiser Ducati rider was able to walk away from his tumble at Lodge on the ninth lap. Haslam was fending off his team-mate Ellison, but behind Hickman had taken advantage of Byrne’s mistake after getting the better of Jason O'Halloran and Mossey to move up into third place and despite pressure in the latter stages, he held the final podium position. O’Halloran held fourth ahead of his team-mate Dan Linfoot, who still holds fifth place in the overall standings, with just a single point separating him and sixth placed Michael Laverty who finished in eighth position.
Leon Haslam has claimed a second win of the weekend after holding off JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate James Ellison as Shane Byrne loses his MCE British Championship points lead with a crash. Haslam, who led home a historic JG Speedfit Kawasaki podium lockout yesterday, has moved ahead of Byrne on BSB points and is just two podium points behind the Be Wiser Ducati rider ahead of the Showdown which kicks in after the next race. Further back Linfoot made huge strides towards securing his Showdown berth with third place. The Honda Racing rider has moved 19 points ahead of nearest rivals outside the top six Luke Mossey and Peter Hickman who are level on points.
Leon Haslam has completed a hat-trick of race wins at Oulton Park to take the MCE British Superbike championship lead into the Showdown as Luke Mossey and Dan Linfoot book the final two places in the title battle. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider converted his dominant form into a third straight win at the Cheshire track to overtake Shane Byrne in terms of podium points ahead of the three-round Showdown. In a frantic race which saw three of the eventual Showdown competitors fail to finish Luke Mossey capped an emotional day with second place and a top six place, just hours after becoming a father.
Dan Linfoot has completed the Showdown six despite crashing out at the Hizzy chicane on lap 11 but the Honda rider had enough in the pocket to claim keep hold of his place in the title fight. Tommy Bridewell recovered from a nasty crash in race one and a complete rebuild on his Bennetts Suzuki to complete the rostrum trio in the final race.