2019 BSB
Round Two – Oulton Park

Young guns Josh Elliott and Tarran Mackenzie lead the pack in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship title standings ahead of Britain’s biggest motorsport battle reaching Cheshire’s Oulton Park this May Bank Holiday weekend (May 4/5/6) after the pair both secured debut race wins at the Silverstone opener.

SBK Josh Elliott
Josh Elliott

Josh Elliott – OMG Racing Suzuki

“It has been crazy since Silverstone; the phone hasn’t stopped! I am still on a high with the results we had but at the same time I have to stay level headed. The win was big; it was the first for me and the first for the team and it has been a real buzz in the garage. I wasn’t expecting the result at Silverstone; if someone had said before the weekend that would have been the result I would have said they were a bit crazy! I knew we had been working hard as a team and had a good pace but to win was an amazing feeling. I think the result hasn’t changed how we will look at the weekend; our aim still has to be the top six for the Showdown and to be up the front when it counts. We intend on taking the opportunities as they come and you can’t rest as it will only get tougher. Nobody expected us to be joint championship leaders after the first round so we want to come out fighting again next weekend and I think we can work hard and be there or thereabouts in the races again.”

BSB Rnd Race Elliott Buchan Linfoot
Josh Elliott, Danny Buchan and Dan Linfoot

Elliott and OMG Racing Suzuki celebrated the first victory in the series after drama between the McAMS Yamaha teammates as Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran clashed in their battle for victory, whilst Scott Redding was a podium finisher on his first appearance after the switch from MotoGP to the Be Wiser Ducati team.

BSB Rnd Race Podium Mackenzie Elliott Redding
Tarran Mackenzie got to celebrate being on the top step of the podium before officials sanctioned him for the crash with O’Halloran, demoting him to second place.

Jason O’Halloran

“We had a few electronic issues with the bike this morning but it was feeling good and the lap times were great straight away. Unfortunately At the end of the session I ran on at Hizzy’s and as the grass was wet I slipped off. It was the slowest crash ever but I landed on my shoulder a bit funny. When I went back out for the next session my shoulder hurt a lot so I decided to play it safe and called it a day. Silverstone was obviously a let-down for me in the end after so much promise; to lead pretty much all the first race and to end up with nothing wasn’t what I went there for, then we had the problem in race two, but I feel that we have a good pace and I’m chilled about it. I want a podium and I want to be winning; that’s not me being cocky but we have had good pace all pre-season and into the first round. We know that it won’t be easy, because it never is in BSB, but I love Oulton Park and had a podium there last year, so I am hoping it can be good for us. I feel ready to go and I am looking forward to the weekend.”

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Jason O’Halloran walking back to the pits

In the second race, Mackenzie bounced back to score his first race win in the Superbike class and now jointly leads the standings with Elliott ahead of the next two races of the season in Cheshire.

Tarran Mackenzie – McAMS Yamaha

“I think Silverstone probably went better than expected to be honest; to fight for both wins and then take my first BSB win was more than I had expected from the weekend and it was a bit of a dream come true. I think because pre-season testing hadn’t been the best for me and even the official test at Silverstone I was eighth. I wanted to get the first BSB win that weekend, I wanted to get that monkey off my back and that was my goal so to do it felt really good. Now that I have done it though I want to do it again! I want to be in the Showdown for the first time this season. At the test I think we found a good base setting that just needs refining, because we didn’t quite get the chance with the conditions changing but we are not far away it just needs some fine tuning. I had a good round when we went to Oulton Park for the second time last year so hopefully we can keep this momentum going! I’m looking forward to it!”

BSB Rnd Race Mackenzie Elliott Buchan
2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Round One – Silverstone – Race Two
Tarran MACKENZIE – McAMS Yamaha 30:43.837
Josh ELLIOTT – OMG Racing Suzuki +0.635
Danny BUCHAN – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +1.004

Tommy Bridewell proved he was a force to be reckoned with on board the Oxford Racing Ducati. He arrives at Oulton Park third in the standings and confident following last week’s official test, just one point ahead of Luke Mossey on the second OMG Racing Suzuki.

SBK Tommy Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell

Danny Buchan is joint fourth overall following his impressive opening round podium and Luke Stapleford and the Buildbase Suzuki team currently make it five teams inside the top six ahead of the second round.

BSB Test Oulton Park Danny Buchan
Danny Buchan

Honda Racing’s Andrew Irwin and Xavi Forés had a strong start to the season but the former World Superbike contender has to rapidly get to grips with the undulations of the challenging Cheshire circuit, as will Redding after the pair had their initial taste of the track at the official test.

BSB Test Silverstone Tue Andrew Irwin at work DyeomansImage
Andrew Irwin

Dan Linfoot had a promising start to his season at Silverstone with the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha team and he is looking for another strong performance at Oulton, whilst the title-winning Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki team will be eager to fight back at the front with Glenn Irwin and new recruit Ben Currie.

BSB Test Oulton Park Ben Currie
Ben Currie

However at last week’s official test 2015 champion Josh Brookes fired his Be Wiser Ducati to the top of the times as the Australian bids to make amends for a double non-point score at the opening round after being hampered with technical issues.

BSB Test Oulton Park Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Oulton Park BSB Official Test
  1. Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.929s
  2. Danny Buchan (FS3-Racing Kawasaki) +1.067s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.081s
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +1.086s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.142s
  6. Luke Stapleford (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.195s
  7. Luke Mossey (OMG Racing Suzuki) +1.313s
  8. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +1.396s
  9. Glenn Irwin (Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.757s
  10. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +2.002s

2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Points
  1. Josh ELLIOTT (Suzuki) 45
  2. Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha) 45
  3. Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati) 24
  4. Luke MOSSEY (Suzuki) 23
  5. Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki) 23
  6. Luke STAPLEFORD (Suzuki) 20
  7. Andrew IRWIN (Honda) 19
  8. Scott REDDING (Ducati) 16
  9. Xavi FORÉS (Honda) 14
  10. Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha) 10
  11. Claudio CORTI (Kawasaki) 8
  12. Bradley RAY (Suzuki) 6
  13. Christian IDDON (BMW) 5
  14. Glann IRWIN (Kawasaki) 5
  15. Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki) 5
  16. Keith FARMER (BMW) 5
  17. Peter HICKMAN (BMW) 4
  18. Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki) 3
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Standings
  1. Richard COOPER 46
  2. Taylor MACKENZIE 43
  3. Alex OLSEN 42
  4. Lee JACKSON 26
  5. Eemeli LAHTI 21.5
  6. Tom NEAVE 18
  7. Lewis ROLLO 16
  8. Luke HEDGER 14.5
  9. Billy McCONNELL 10.5
  10. Leon JEACOCK 9
  11. Michael RUTTER 8
  12. Levi DAY 8
  13. Chrissy ROUSE 4.5
  14. Paul McLUNG 4.5
  15. Andrew REID 4
  16. Benjamin GODFREY 3.5
  17. Tom WARD 3
  18. Barry TEASDALE 3
  19. Joe COLLIER 2
  20. Tim NEAVE 1
  21. Aaron CLARKE 0.5
  22. Craig NEVE 0.5
Dickies British Supersport Championship Standings
  1. Jack KENNEDY 50
  2. Alastair SEELEY 40
  3. Brad JONES 32
  4. Lee JOHNSTON 26
  5. Tom OLIVER 21
  6. Harry TRUELOVE 19
  7. Kurt WIGLEY 17
  8. Richard KERR 17
  9. Ben WILSON 11
  10. Tatsuya YAMAGUCHI 10
  11. Bradley PERIE 9
  12. Rory SKINNER 7
  13. Eugene McMANUS 5
  14. Charlie NESBITT 4
  15. Ryan DIXON 3
  16. Ross TWYMAN 3
  17. Ross PATTERSON 2
  18. Matt WIGLEY 2
  19. Jason LYNN 1
  20. Phil WAKEFIELD 1

Images by Dave Yeomans