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Haslam hits the top by 0.150s from Iddon at Oulton Park BSB test

Friday, April 22 2016

Leon Haslam waited until the closing moments of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship official test at Oulton Park today (Friday) to move to the top of the times for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team ahead of the Bank Holiday races in Cheshire (April 30 - May 2).

Haslam had been improving his pace throughout the day and in the closing moments he fired himself ahead of local contender Christian Iddon to claim the top position by 0.150s as the 'Pocket Rocket' now prepares for the second round of the season.

Haslam said: "The official test today went really well; I haven't been to Oulton Park for seven or eight years, so I was able to get used to the track again this morning and we have been able to work through a lot with the chassis and the power delivery. I am pretty happy that we have adapted our set-up for this circuit and to end up fastest definitely put a smile on my face going into the race next weekend."

Iddon and his Tyco BMW team-mate Michael Laverty had been switching positions at the top of the times during the day, with the Stockport contender holding on to second place ahead of an improving Dan Linfoot. The Honda Racing rider split the Tyco BMWs with a last session charge to push Laverty back to fourth on combined times.

James Ellison was another rider who saved their best until last; the second JG Speedfit Kawasaki leapt up the order in the closing stages to hold fifth position ahead of Luke Mossey, who had set the pace in the second session earlier in the day for Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki.

Peter Hickman made it all three JG Speedfit Kawasakis inside the top ten in seventh position ahead of Australia's Jason O'Halloran with the Buildbase BMW pairing of Lee Jackson and Richard Cooper completing the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, official test combined times
1.Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 1m:35.025s
2.Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.150s
3.Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.201s
4.Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.331s
5.James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.510s
6.Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) +0.669s
7.Peter Hickman (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.804s
8.Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.830s
9.Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +0.843s
10.Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +1.028s

The next round of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place during the May Bank Holiday weekend at Oulton Park (April 30 - May 2), for more information and to book please click here.