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Shakey leads the way at Oulton Park BSB

Saturday, May 05 2018

Reigning Bennetts British Superbike champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne topped the timings after two sessions of free practice at Oulton Park today, holding off the challenge of arch-rival Josh Brookes ahead of Bank Holiday Monday's third round clash.

Byrne was nudged into second in this morning's opening session, with just 0.008s separating him and Honda Racing's Jason O'Halloran. But this afternoon he held the lead despite issues with his bike that saw his Be Wiser Ducatti team change both wheels.

"I had very high expectations for this afternoon because this morning went well but that's racing and that's what practice is all about. It's better to find problems today or tomorrow than it is to find them on Monday morning.

"So overall we've been second and first in both sessions so it's a positive start but we've certainly got a little bit of work to do to get to the bottom of why we've started developing these issues," he said.

Championship leader Bradley Ray, who took the first two races of the season at Donington Park, was sixth fastest but admitted he has more to come in Datatag Qualifying tomorrow for the Buildbase Suzuki team.

And Leon Haslam, currently third in the championship, was third fastest this morning and came in fourth this afternoon before tomorrow's qualifying.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Free Practice one:

  1. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) 1m:35.030s
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.008s
  3. Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.125s
  4. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.234s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.239s
  6. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +0.309s
  7. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.311s
  8. Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +0.367s
  9. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.543s
  10. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.626s 

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Free Practice two:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.868s
  2. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +0.115s
  3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.226s
  4. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.410s
  5. Taylor Mackenzie (Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.455s
  6. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.461s
  7. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.540s
  8. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.659s
  9. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.737s
  10. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.748s

The third round of the 2018 Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park on May 5/6/7. Adult gate prices are £16 for tomorrow and £34 for raceday Monday, with discounts for teens and senior citizens. Kids under 13 go free - full details HERE.