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Ellison edges out Byrne by 0.005s in opening Oulton Park session

Saturday, May 03 2014

James Ellison held on to the top spot in the opening MCE British Superbike Championship free practice session at Oulton Park this morning as just 0.005 seconds separated the Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki rider and triple champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.

Ellison proved that the injuries that halted him at the official test last week won't hold him back this weekend and despite Byrne closing in towards the end of the session, the Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki team held the top spot.

Byrne held second but in third was his Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki team-mate Stuart Easton who is bidding for his first podium finish this season at the circuit where he last claimed a victory in 2010. He held the position ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari who was the fastest of the Buildbase BMWs in fourth, just ahead of Chris Walker and the leading Milwaukee Yamaha of Josh Brookes.

Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki had a strong start to their weekend as Richard Cooper was seventh fastest ahead of Dan Linfoot on the Quattro Plant Kawasaki with Jakub Smrz and James Westmoreland completing a top ten representing four manufacturers.

Harry Hartley was 24th fastest on the lone Halsall Racing Kawasaki, just ahead of Tyco Suzuki's John Hopkins. The RAF Reserves Honda team missed the opening session this morning with a technical issue, with Simon Andrews ready for the second session.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, free practice one result:

  1. James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) 1m:36.289s
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.005s
  3. Stuart Easton (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +0.340s
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +0.953s
  5. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +1.081s
  6. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +1.087s
  7. Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +1.411s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +1.441s
  9. Jakub Smrz (Millsport Ducati) +1.500s
  10. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +2.201s

For the full session result please click here

The second round of the 2014 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park this May Bank Holiday weekend (3/4/5 May). Tickets can be purchased on the gate and for more information visit www.oultonpark.co.uk    or call 0843 453 9000.