JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam was the quickest rider during the official MCE British Superbike test at Oulton Park and set a 1’34.134, going 0.3s under the lap record in the process.
Be Wiser Ducati’s Shane Byrne bounced back from his crash at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit and was second quickest on the timesheets, with a 1’34.607. But Haslam managed to edge ahead and extend his gap on the timing-screens to 0.6s and left his best lap until last. His 24th rotation proved to be the best, and he now looks like the rider to beat next weekend.
McAMS Yamaha’s James Ellison has firmly put his nightmare Brands Indy race weekend behind him too, as he was once again up the sharp end, clocking the third fastest time of a 1’34.739. The returning Josh Brookes still holds the lap record at the track, and he was on point again today. The Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha racer also lapped inside the 1’34’s and went P4, followed by JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Luke Mossey.
Smiths Racing’s Peter Hickman, Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot, Jake Dixon, Tommy Bridewell and Jason O’Halloran all made it inside the top ten fastest times. Iddon, Laverty, Guintoli, Stock 1000 star, Danny Buchan and Billy McConnell rounded off the top 15. There was a red flag during the final test session, as Bennetts Suzuki’s Taylor Mackenzie crashed at Shell. He is was assessed at the trackside, and given the all clear.
In the second test outing Haslam proved he had the speed to make it to the top of the sheets, after a 1’35.159. There were two red flags during the outing. One was because of a crash concerning James Westmoreland.
The Gearlink Kawasaki rider fell at Hizzy’s and had to be assessed by medical staff. The other flag came out because of Stock 1000 rider, Olsen who crashed at Shell, unhurt. McAMS Yamaha’s Michael Laverty was in the garage for most of the session after coming to a stop at Brittons after a technical issue.
In the first test session conditions were mixed, as rain showers appeared one minute, then disappeared then remerged moments later. But towards the end of opening session the rain subsided and the track began to dry out.
Not many riders had ventured on to the track and one of the first was Guintoli, Iddon and the Honda pair of Linfoot and O’Halloran. But when the weather became more predictable most of the racers made it out on track. The quickest was Mossey with a 1:37.685
There were some rider’s missing from proceedings, including Tyco BMW’s Davide Giugliano who is still recovering from a crash that he had during a free practice session at the last round of Brands Hatch Indy. Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin and Moto Rapido Ducati’s John Hopkins were also not in attendance.