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Cooper celebrates first MCE BSB race win in Oulton Park thriller

Monday, May 02 2016

Richard Cooper celebrated his first MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race win in style with a gritty performance in race two to hold off a hard-charging Christian Iddon on the final lap to sure the victory for Buildbase BMW in a race of attrition.

A rain shower before the start of the race left the teams and riders gambling on tyre choice and that would prove to be crucial with the track drying throughout the race. At the start Dan Linfoot had hit the front of the field, eager to make amends for crashing out of the lead in race one, with Jack Kennedy and Alastair Seeley 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 he grabbed the lead after making some decisive passes on the second lap.

Cooper was then holding his position in the lead but Iddon was closing him 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 when their choice of slick tyres paid off mid distance. Linfoot though had a double disappointment at Oulton Park when he crashed out on the exit of Shell Oils corner on the eighth lap.

By lap eleven Michael Laverty had thrown himself into contention; moving up to third place, behind the leading pair of Cooper and Iddon, but ahead of the quarrelling JG Speedfit Kawasakis of Ellison and Haslam who were embroiled in their own battle of supremacy and by lap 13 the pair were almost swapping paint in their quest to head the team charge.

 At the front Iddon had hunted down Cooper and waited until the last lap to make his move; the Tyco BMW rider had taken the lead at Cascades and was desperately trying to defend as the pair both aimed for their first race victory in MCE BSB. 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 in 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.