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Old 05-03-2016, 01:40 AM   #1
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BSB 2016 Oulton Park race one results

Race results from the second round of the British Superbike Championship

BSB 2016 Oulton Park race one results

LEON Haslam has returned to the top step of the British Superbike Championship podium in the opening race at Oulton Park after holding off Christian Iddon to cross the line 0.103s ahead.

At the start of the race team-mate James Ellison had launched off the line to take the lead ahead of Honda Racing’s Jason O'Halloran and Dan Linfoot plus Jack Kennedy on the Team WD-40 Kawasaki with Haslam holding fifth from his pole position start.

Haslam made a key move on Kennedy into Lodge on the third lap to gain another position closer to his first podium finish of the season. A few laps later, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider made the same move on Linfoot.

At the front Ellison had been building an advantage, but by mid-distance the chasing pack had closed in with Haslam now at the front of the second group with Linfoot and O’Halloran in close contention. Iddon had also picked up the pace and tagged onto the group as the battle for the podium intensified.

By lap 13 Linfoot was ready to make his move and jumped ahead with a move on Haslam on the run through Island with Ellison dropping to third behind his team-mate. Linfoot had begun his final charge, but a mistake at Hizzys cost him dearly as he crashed out of the lead just two laps later.

Haslam then led the pack from Iddon and Ellison who had O’Halloran for company in the fight for the top three. The race winner would come down to the last lap and Haslam held the initial advantage, but Iddon was pressing hard and the pair almost collided at Island as they both pushed for the win.

Iddon tried everything possible, but it was Haslam who held the slight advantage out of Lodge for the final time to score his first victory of the season.

Ellison finished on the last step of the podium with Jason O’Halloran and Alastair Seeley crossing the line fourth and fifth respectively.

Race one results:

1. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki 18 laps

2. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW +0.103

3. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki +2.644

4. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing +7.750

5. Alastair Seeley GBR Royal Air Force BMW +14.162

6. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW +14.682

7. Jack Kennedy IRE Team WD-40 Kawasaki +19.710

8. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale +24.796

9. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW +26.506

10. Billy McConnell AUS FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +34.773

11. John Hopkins USA ePayMe Yamaha +38.074

12. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki +40.858

13. Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale +41.135

14. Lee Jackson GBR Buildbase BMW +42.761

15. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki +47.223

16. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki +55.332

17. Stuart Easton GBR ePayMe Yamaha +1:04.938

18. Jakub Smrz CZE Smiths Racing BMW +1:05.102

19. James Rispoli USA Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha +1:10.717

20. Filip Backlund GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki +1:22.415

21. Martin Jessopp GBR Riders Motorcycles BMW +1:32.211

22. Jenny Tinmouth GBR Honda Racing +1 lap

23. Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha +1 lap

DNF. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Bennetts Suzuki

DNF. Michael Dunlop GBR Buildbase BMW

DNF. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing

DNF. Howie Mainwaring Smart GBR Smiths Racing BMW

DNF. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha

DNF. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Gearlink Kawasaki

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