2019 British Superbike Championship
Round 9 – Oulton Park – Saturday

Josh Brookes maintained his winning momentum at Oulton Park to claim his seventh Bennetts British Superbike Championship victory of the season, extending his podium points advantage to six in a dramatic opening race of the triple-header weekend that saw Danny Buchan confirmed in the Showdown.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Podium Brookes Ray Redding
British Superbike Podium Race One Oulton Park 2019

There was drama for Honda Racing before the start of the race when Xavi Forés crashed out on the sighting lap to the grid; the Showdown hopeful returned to pitlane and the team turned him around in time to start from very back of the grid alongside teammate Andrew Irwin.

The race began with a sensational start from Bradley Ray who launched into the lead on the opening lap, but Brookes had moved ahead by the time the pack streamed down Lakeside for the first time.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Start Ray
Bradley Ray scored the holeshot

However a crash on the third lap involving David Allingham, Shaun Winfield and Andrew Irwin ruled the Honda Racing rider out of the race and the chance to score any points towards his Showdown bid.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Irwin
Andrew Irwin, Glenn Irwin and Xavi Fores

A lap later and Peter Hickman was another rider fighting for a Showdown place to crash out of the race; the Smiths Racing BMW rider limped back to pitlane and then Dan Linfoot also crashed out in a separate incident and the race was red flagged.

The Smiths Racing BMW team rushed to turn around the damaged machine but Hickman was not able to make the restart. However, his bid for a Showdown place is still very much alive with just a single point between him and Andrew Irwin ahead of Sunday’s two final races of the main season before the three Showdown rounds get underway.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Start
British Superbike at Oulton Park

On the restart Brookes got off to a lightning start from the front row and was ahead of Tommy Bridewell, Ray and Christian Iddon, who is also on a quest to secure a Showdown place for the first time.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Brookes Bridewell
Josh Brookes leading Tommy Bridewell

Jason O’Halloran though was fighting hard on the leading McAMS Yamaha and he made a move ahead of Iddon on lap two.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Jason Ohalloran
Jason O’Halloran

Bridewell then moved into the lead of the race on the fourth lap, but there was heartbreak for Oxford Racing Ducati when two laps later he was forced to retire with a technical problem as he aimed for the team’s first race win.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Brookes Bridewell
Josh Brookes leading Tommy Bridewell

That put Brookes back in command at the front of the pack with Ray in hot pursuit with Buchan, O’Halloran and Iddon in the chasing pack with Scott Redding holding sixth place ahead of Tarran Mackenzie.

By lap eight, Redding had made a move on Iddon to move up the order as O’Halloran had dropped back behind the Tyco BMW.

Redding was hounding Buchan and on lap 12 a moment for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider gave his Be Wiser Ducati rival the invitation he needed to make a pass and move into third place with two laps remaining of the 14-lap restart.

Brookes held the lead at the chequered flag to extend his advantage over a confident Redding ahead of tomorrow’s two races.

There were big celebrations for Buildbase Suzuki and Ray who claimed their first podium finish of 2019 in second place ahead of Redding.

Podium Interviews

Buchan’s fourth place secured both his and the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team’s first Showdown fight, holding off Iddon and O’Halloran.

The result for Iddon in race one, and the disaster for Andrew Irwin and Hickman, has now put him to within ten points of sixth place in the standings.

Tarran Mackenzie was eighth in the opening race and has 13 points advantage over Andrew Irwin ahead of tomorrow’s two races.

Alex Olsen had an impressive debut for Smiths Racing BMW in ninth ahead of Ryan Vickers in tenth.

Josh Brookes – P1

“Every race is important; we’re heading into the Showdown after this round so every point’s critical. It was a difficult race; obviously the stop-start added an element with the tyres, but it’s the same for everyone. I tried as hard as I could to make a break and control the race but Tom’s [Bridewell] pace was really strong. When he came past I thought ‘oh this is good, I’ll just see if I can follow him for a while’ and he was riding really, really well. Not only fast but it looked really in control, no dodginess or aggression, it was just controlled. I was like ‘well, this is going to be a race threat’ and then unfortunately I don’t know what happened but his bike stopped. I was actually in the slipstream at the time and it really gave me a shock, but fortunately no-one collected with him and then I had Brad right there for a number of laps. I was pushing really hard and I could feel the tyres starting to give trouble and I just kept seeing zero on the board so I knew Brad was right there. I just pushed on and finally I was able to see a little gap on the board starting to show and just happy to bring it home. Credit to him, he’s obviously riding really well again himself because we’ve seen before how strong he can be.”

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday SBK R Podium Brookes
Josh Brookes

Danny Buchan

“I am so pleased; I am over the moon, to be in the Showdown. It did seem like today has been against me since waking up! I crashed on oil in Q1 and then didn’t get back out in qualifying, so we ended up being down on track time which wasn’t ideal. But then I got a great start in race one from all the way back on the grid. To be honest I think races where you start towards the back and then have to work your way through are usually some of the best races of your career and that is what it was like today. Then after the red flag I started ninth for the restart and that was obviously better. The bike felt different today after some big set up changes which was a bit of a stab in the dark with the set-up. I had a small problem towards the end of the race which meant Scott Redding went past and I missed out on a podium, but then I had a little off on the in lap – you just couldn’t make this stuff up! We’ll make some changes tomorrow; me and my bike will have a few words tonight and rekindle our relationship! But big credit to FS-3 and the team for all their hard work, they deserved it today!”

2019 British Superbike Championship Points Standings
1Josh BrookesDucati 22m15.3
2Bradley RaySuzuki+4.960
3Scott ReddingDucati+6.926
4Danny BuchanKawasaki+8.838
5Christian IddonBMW+9.356
6Jason O’halloranYamaha+15.306
7Glenn IrwinBMW+20.348
8Tarran MackenzieYamaha+20.573
9Alex OlsenBMW +22.317
10Ryan VickersKawasaki+25.992
11Ben CurrieKawasaki+28.585
12Luke MosseySuzuki+31.032
13James EllisonMV Agusta +31.131
14Luke StaplefordSuzuki +34.376
15Joe FrancisBMW +34.902
16Xavi ForésHonda +39.467
17Claudio CortiKawasaki+39.710
Not Classifieds
DNFJosh OwensKawasaki
1 Lap
DNFTommy BridewellDucati 8 Laps
DNFSam CoventryKawasaki 9 Laps
1Josh Brookes1:34.9911:34.1431:33.939
2Tommy Bridewell1:35.0481:34.3561:34.115
3Scott Redding1:34.9871:34.7451:34.314
4Bradley Ray1:35.6421:34.7521:34.600
5Jason O’halloran1:35.2471:35.0571:34.657
6Glenn Irwin1:36.1991:35.0411:34.837
7Peter Hickman1:35.4371:34.8851:35.026
8Andrew Irwin1:35.8511:34.9861:35.634
9Christian Iddon1:35.4361:34.941/
10Alex Olsen1:36.2261:35.614/
11Dan Linfoot1:36.2621:35.647/
12Luke Mossey1:35.8841:35.671/
13Ben Currie1:36.4271:35.724/
14Luke Stapleford1:36.2361:35.785/
15James Ellison1:36.4651:36.128/
16Joe Francis1:36.7581:36.273/
17Xavi Forés1:36.7261:36.557/
18Tarran Mackenzie1:35.862//
19David Allingham1:37.040//
20Shaun Winfield1:37.238//
21Sam Coventry1:37.800//
22Josh Owens1:37.892//
23Claudio Corti1:38.053//
24Héctor Barberá1:38.394//
25Danny Buchan///
26Ryan Vickers///


1Josh BROOKES (Ducati)296
2Scott REDDING (Ducati)275
3Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati)243
4Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki)204
5Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha)159
6Andrew IRWIN (Honda)146
7Peter HICKMAN (BMW)145
8Xavi FORÉS (Honda)141
9Christian IDDON (BMW)136
10Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha)111
11Luke MOSSEY (Suzuki)90
12Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha)74
13Glenn IRWIN (Kawasaki / BMW)71
14Bradley RAY (Suzuki)65
15Luke STAPLEFORD (Suzuki)63
16Josh ELLIOTT (Suzuki)58
17Keith FARMER (BMW)54
18Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki)49
19Héctor BARBERÁ (Kawasaki)36
20James ELLISON (BMW / MV Agusta)26
21Claudio CORTI (Kawasaki)25
22Michael LAVERTY (BMW)12
23Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki)8
24Dean HARRISON (Kawasaki)8
25Alex OLSEN (BMW)7
26Billy McCONNELL (Suzuki)6
27David ALLINGHAM (Yamaha)6
28Gino REA (MV Agusta)4
29Sam COVENTRY (Kawasaki)1

British Supersport

Jack Kennedy took his tenth consecutive Dickies British Supersport Championship win at Oulton Park whilst Kyle Ryde secured the GP2 Cup title.

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British Supersport

EHA Racing’s Alastair Seeley was the early race leader, but Kennedy had found a way through by the end of lap four – with team mate Brad Jones following him.

A string of fast laps allowed Kennedy to pull away from the pursuing pack whilst Jones and Seeley battled it out for the final rostrum places.

Seeley was eventually able to fend off Jones to take second place and reduce the gap between the two in the standings.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday Supersport Podium Kennedy Seely Ryde
British Supersport Podium

Finishing fourth on track but taking the GP2 Cup win was Ryde, giving him the 2019 title in the process, with fellow GP2 rider Mason Law securing fifth overall and second in class.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday Supersport GP Podium Ryde Law Wilford
British Supersport GP2 Podium

James Westmoreland secured sixth ahead of Tom Oliver, Richard Kerr, Harry Truelove and Charlie Nesbitt. Sam Wilford completed the GP2 podium.

British Supersport Qualification

1Jack Kennedy1m36.992
2Alastair Seeley1m37.414
3Kyle Ryde1m37.525
4Mason Law1m37.967
5Brad Jones1m38.035
6Richard Kerr1m38.965
7Harry Truelove1m39.044
8Charlie Nesbitt1m39.047
9James Westmoreland1m39.104
10Tom Oliver1m39.140
11Bradley Perie1m39.371
12Bjorn Estment1m39.379
13Sam Wilford1m39.551
14Rory Skinner1m39.686
15Ross Twyman1m39.800
16Jack Scott1m40.000
17Fraser Rogers1m40.167
18Jorel Boerboom1m40.235
19Kurt Wigley1m40.422
20Ross Patterson1m40.443
21Thomas Strudwick1m40.969
22Ryan Dixon1m41.031
23Phil Wakefield1m41.461
24Max Wadsworth1m42.034
25Tomás De Vries1m42.505
26Ben Tolliday1m45.532
Qualifying Laptime (110.0% Of 1:36.992) = 1:46.69
27Alan Naylor1m47.446
28Grant Mcintosh1m48.993

British Superstock 1000

2019 Pirelli National Superstock 1000 leader Richard Cooper extended his Championship advantage with victory in the opening race at Oulton Park.

BSB Rnd OultonPark Saturday STK Podium Cooper Jackson Hedger
British Superstock 1000 Podium Oulton Park 2019 – Cooper, Jackson, Hedger

It was a dramatic start to the race as pole position man Taylor Mackenzie was forced to start at the back of the grid after failing the tyre pressure check. Cooper grabbed the holeshot with Lee Jackson in close contention.

As Cooper and Jackson eased away from the rest of the field, Luke Hedger and Chrissy Rouse battled it out for third place whilst Mackenzie stormed through the field to eventually claim sixth place on the line – setting a new lap record on his final lap. Hedger took third ahead of Rouse whilst Lewis Rollo was fifth.

British Superstock 1000 Race Results/Qualification

1Richard Cooper19m29.798
2Lee Jackson+3.077
3Luke Hedger+6.685
4Chrissy Rouse+6.745
5Lewis Rollo+16.936
6Taylor Mackenzie+17.015
7Joe Collier+22.086
8Jordan Weaving+24.136
9Levi Day+24.502
10Leon Jeacock+25.920
11George Stanley+26.447
12Benjamin Godfrey+26.653
13Tim Neave+27.043
14Eemeli Lahti+27.119
15Daniel Cooper+28.038
16Rob Mcnealy+32.865
17Barry Teasdale+34.566
18Graeme Irwin+35.041
19Milo Ward+35.641
20Aaron Clarke+39.900
21Tom Tunstall+40.772
22Brayden Elliott+41.087
23Joe Sheldon-Shaw+41.711
24Lee Williams+46.581
25Paul Mcclung+52.001
26Luke Hopkins+52.241
27Josh Daley+52.523
28James White+53.803
29James Henry+54.536
30Jamie Tibble+1m05.187
31Josh Wood+1m10.796
32Nico Cipriano+1m20.667
33Tom Ward1 Lap
Not Classified
DNFAshley Beech3 Laps
DNFTom Neave4 Laps
DNFPaul Westerdale7 Laps
DNFRichard White10 Laps
DNFLuke Jones/
1Taylor Mackenzie1m36.850
2Richard Cooper1m37.131
3Lee Jackson1m37.210
4Chrissy Rouse1m37.599
5Luke Hedger1m37.805
6Tom Neave1m37.819
7George Stanley1m37.919
8Leon Jeacock1m37.980
9Levi Day1m38.101
10Lewis Rollo1m38.328
11Joe Collier1m38.361
12Tom Ward1m38.395
13Eemeli Lahti1m38.399
14Benjamin Godfrey1m38.481
15Daniel Cooper1m38.806
16Jordan Weaving1m38.839
17Tim Neave1m38.891
18Rob Mcnealy1m38.995
19Ashley Beech1m39.025
20Luke Jones1m39.154
21Barry Teasdale1m39.174
22Milo Ward1m39.408
23Aaron Clarke1m39.894
24Lee Williams1m40.092
25Brayden Elliott1m40.274
26Tom Tunstall1m40.338
27James White1m40.566
28Joe Sheldon-Shaw1m40.809
29Josh Daley1m41.061
30James Henry1m41.092
31Graeme Irwin1m41.271
32Paul Mcclung1m41.626
33Richard White1m42.177
34Jamie Tibble1m42.258
35Paul Westerdale1m42.827
36Josh Wood1m42.953
37Nico Cipriano1m42.962
38Luke Hopkins1m43.830
1Richard COOPER319.5
2Taylor MACKENZIE269
4Alex OLSEN150.5
5Lewis ROLLO115.5
6Chrissy ROUSE109.5
7Tom NEAVE108.5
8Luke HEDGER93.5
9Eemeli LAHTI89.5
10Levi DAY73
11Andrew REID58.5
12Billy McCONNELL50.5
13Tom WARD50
14Benjamin GODFREY48.5
15Tim NEAVE45.5
17Luke JONES34
18Leon JEACOCK25
19Jordan WEAVING13.5
20Michael RUTTER13
21Barry TEASDALE13
22Rob McNEALY12
23George STANLEY12
24Bjorn ESTMENT11
26Paul McLUNG8.5
27Graeme IRWIN8
28Milo WARD6
29Brayden ELLIOTT5
30Ashley BEECH4
32Dan STAMPER3.5
34James WHITE2
35Davey TODD1
36James HENRY1
37Aaron CLARKE0.5
38Craig NEVE0.5
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