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Haslam and Bryne take a win apiece at Oulton Park

Race One

Leon Haslam scored his third win of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season at Oulton Park as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider fended off the challenge from Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Luke Mossey.

Haslam hit the front of the pack from the start of the race with Byrne and Mossey hounding him throughout the race, but the championship leader had that little bit extra over the closing laps of the race. Byrne was delighted with his return to the podium after missing out at the opening two rounds as Mossey completed the top three.

The chasing pack were a freight train of riders and on the final lap the Honda Racing team emerged ahead as Jason O'Halloran made a last lap move on Peter Hickman to claim the position at the line. McAMS Yamaha’s James Ellison completed a strong race to move through the order to be in the fight for fourth at the end of the race, he moved sixth to emerge as the top Yamaha rider, pushing Josh Brookes to seventh in the closing stages.

Christian Iddon was the leading BMW in eighth place as he managed to get the better of Glenn Irwin; the Be Wiser Ducati rider had earlier saved a huge moment whilst battling for fourth place. Jake Dixon completed the top ten for RAF Reserves Kawasaki.

Race Two

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne claimed his first win of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season at Oulton Park this afternoon as standings leader Leon Haslam dramatically crashed out after clipping James Ellison, who suffered a technical issue. Haslam had hit the front of the pack from Jason O'Halloran, Ellison and Byrne on the opening lap, but the Honda Racing rider was on the attack and he moved into the lead on the second lap, but it was short lived as Ellison then had his spell at the front.

The race was over prematurely for Jake Dixon as he crashed out on the third lap unhurt, but at the front Byrne was closing in on Ellison and on the sixth lap he made his move on the run into Shell Oils corner. Meanwhile Michael Laverty on the second McAMS Yamaha retired from the race just a lap later.
At the front Byrne had snatched the lead from Ellison, but behind the JG Speedfit Kawasakis of Haslam and Luke Mossey were trading blows with O’Halloran, with the trio switching positions consistently over the following laps.

Christian Iddon, Josh Brookes, Glenn Irwin and Peter Hickman were then all involved in the battle for the podium spots too, but in second and third Ellison was coming under fire from Haslam. The championship leader first tried to make a move at Shell, but ran wide and then had to begin a fight back.

However it ended in disaster for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider when he clipped the back of Ellison on the 14th lap when Ellison’s McAMS Yamaha suddenly slowed. Haslam was down and out of the race and the damage consequently sidelined Ellison too, leaving Byrne to continue edging an advantage at the front of the pack to return to the top step.

A frantic battle then ensued for the final podium place with a five-way scrap for the final podium position. Iddon was bumped down to fourth over the closing laps as Irwin and O’Halloran pushed into the top three. Mossey was fifth at the chequered flag as he held off Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha and Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman. Tommy Bridewell, John Hopkins and Billy McConnell completed the top ten.

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