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Haslam under the lap record at Oulton Park official test

Thursday, April 20 2017

Leon Haslam heads into the third round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park next weekend (April 29 - May 1) gunning to add to his winning tally after setting the pace in the official test at the Cheshire circuit.

The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider saved his best until the final session of the day to dip under the lap record with his final run of the day, holding off defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne on the Be Wiser Ducati who leapt to second in the closing 15 minutes of the session.

There was an also last run improvement from the McAMS Yamaha team as James Ellison moved third fastest in the final five minutes of the day to become the top Yamaha by just 0.113s from Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha.

New race winner Luke Mossey completed the top five at the end of the test as he remained ahead of Smiths Racing BMW's Peter Hickman in sixth place and the leading Honda Racing Fireblade of Dan Linfoot.

Jake Dixon marked his return to Oulton Park with a strong eighth place on the timesheets for the RAF Reserves Kawasaki team with Tommy Bridewell and Jason O'Halloran completing the top ten ahead of next weekend's third round of the season.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Official Test, combined times:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 1m:34.134s
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.473s
  3. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +0.605s
  4. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.718s
  5. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.845s
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.007s
  7. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +1.049s
  8. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +1.292s
  9. Tommy Bridewell (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +1.434s
  10. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +1.447