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

Race results from the second round of the British Superbike Championship

IT WAS Richard Cooper who stepped foot on the top step of the podium for the first time in his British Superbike Championship career in the second race at Oulton Park after holding of Christian Iddon.

A rain shower before the start of the race left teams and riders with a difficult choice regarding tyres. On a drying track, the tyre choice would be make or break. At the start it was Dan Linfoot who hit the front of the field, eager to make amends for crashing out of the lead in race one. Jack Kennedy and Alastair Seeley were also in close contention.

Seeley’s race was soon over though as the Royal Air Force BMW rider crashed out on the second lap on the exit of Shell Oils corner, but Cooper was already on the charge and grabbed the lead after making some decisive passes on the second lap.

Cooper held his position in the lead, but Iddon closed down at a rapid rate with Kennedy holding third place until the JG Speedfit Kawasaki pairing hunted him down after Leon Haslam and James Ellison had moved up the order. Their choice of slick tyres began to pay off mid-race distance.

Linfoot was in for double disappointment at Oulton Park as he crashed out on the exit of Shell Oils corner on the eighth lap leaving him with his second DNF of the day.

By lap eleven Michael Laverty had thrown himself into contention; moving up to third place, behind the leading pair of Cooper and Iddon. Behind the leading group the JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders were tangled up in their own battle as they tried to swap paint.

At the front Iddon, running intermediate tyres, had hunted down Cooper, who had opted for a front wet intermediate tyre and a rear slick, and waited until the last lap to make his move. the Tyco BMW rider had taken the lead at Cascades and desperately tried to defend as the pair both aimed for their first race victory. A moment on the exit of Hizzys chicane didn’t stop Iddon from holding the lead, but he drifted marginally wide on the exit of Lodge and it was enough for Cooper to win the drag to the line.

The battle for third was equally intense with the JG Speedfit Kawasakis taking the fight all the way to the finish with Haslam emerging ahead as they crossed the line for the final time to return to the podium after securing his first race win of the season earlier in the day.

Laverty claimed fifth position on the second Tyco BMW as Be Wiser Ducati pairing Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and Glenn Irwin finished sixth and seventh respectively. Jason O'Halloran dropped back to eighth position after an early charge with Kennedy and Stuart Easton claiming their first top ten finishes of the season.

Race two results:

1. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW 18 laps

2. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW +0.135

3. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki +7.639

4. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki +8.062

5. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW +8.183

6. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale +17.447

7. Glenn Irwin GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale +17.836

8. Jason O'Halloran AUS Honda Racing +25.643

9. Jack Kennedy IRE Team WD-40 Kawasaki +26.039

10. Stuart Easton GBR ePayMe Yamaha +34.027

11. Howie Mainwaring Smart GBR Smiths Racing BMW +34.598

12. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki +42.399

13. Lee Jackson GBR Buildbase BMW +42.486

14. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki +51.617

15. Jakub Smrz CZE Smiths Racing BMW +51.879

16. James Rispoli USA Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha +1:24.151

17. Filip Backlund GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki +1:40.413

18. Vittorio Iannuzzo ITA Gearlink Kawasaki +1 lap

19. Jenny Tinmouth GBR Honda Racing +1 lap

DNF. Alastair Seeley GBR Royal Air Force BMW

DNF. Billy McConnell AUS FS-3 Racing Kawasaki

DNF. John Hopkins USA ePayMe Yamaha

DNF. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki

DNF. Martin Jessopp GBR Riders Motorcycles BMW

DNF. Ryuichi Kiyonari JPN Bennetts Suzuki

DNF. Michael Dunlop GBR Buildbase BMW

DNF. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing

DNF. Shaun Winfield GBR Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha
DNF. Aaron Zanotti GBR Platform Hire Yamaha

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