2019 BSB

Round Two – Oulton Park – Free Practice

Images by David Yeomans Photography

Josh Brookes topped free practice at Oulton Park, with the 2015 champion claiming the fastest times at each of the opening two Bennetts British Superbike Championship free practice sessions at the Cheshire circuit, upping his pace in the afternoon to end the day with the edge over Danny Buchan by 0.723.

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Josh Brookes – Oulton Park BSB 2019

The opening session had been interrupted with red flags, but Brookes was unfazed and continued to improve his pace, despite Danny Buchan moving ahead several times during the opening free practice before the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider ended the session third fastest.

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Danny Buchan – Oulton Park BSB 2019

The 45 minute afternoon session saw all the positions change in the closing minutes with Brookes heading back to the top, positing a time on his final one that would cement his position at the top as he became the only rider to lap in the 1m:34s barrier, 0.723s ahead of Buchan.

Josh Brookes – P1

“It has been a good day. I am not surprised with the lap time because I’ve been there before, or close to that. The fastest I’ve been here before was actually in a race and I did 34.4, which is a lap record, so to do 34.3 is a PB, which is great. But Jake Dixon did 33.7 last year so there’s still areas to gain and still room to improve. Without Jake being here on his bike from last year and showing what the gauge is, I don’t know if that’s even achievable. Maybe a 33.8 is possible, a 33.7 isn’t, I don’t know. At the moment I know that the bike’s not perfect, there’s definitely more edge grip to be found because I had it in this morning but we’ve gained a load of drive grip so I’ve got to decide which way is better – to go in search of more edge grip or ride with the bike as it is and work on other little details and see if that helps, so that’s where we’re at.”

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Josh Brookes – Oulton Park BSB 2019

It has been a strong session for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team with Buchan building on his experience at the recent test to maintain his position inside the top five with Peter Hickman again repeating his impressive performance on the Smiths Racing BMW to hold third place, having also had a stint at the top of the times in the earlier stages of the session.

Luke Mossey was again the fastest of the OMG Racing Suzuki riders, holding off Tommy Bridewell and Christian Iddon in the closing stages as he improved his pace on the final run of the second free practice session.

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Peter Hickman – Oulton Park BSB 2019

Earlier in the day Jason O’Halloran bounced back from his crash at last week’s test to finish fourth fastest in the opening session for McAMS Yamaha, holding off Tommy Bridewell who continued to move up the order for the Oxford Racing Ducati team.

Jason O’Halloran had to settle for seventh fastest in FP2 however, as the leading McAMS Yamaha as he bids to make amends this weekend after a double non-points score last time out at Silverstone, while Ryan Vickers continued to build momentum in his rookie campaign with the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team in eighth place.

Jason O’Halloran – P7

“It was nice to get back on the bike after the test last week. I feel good and my body is good. We’re just working through chassis settings and trying different things with the bike as I’m still learning about the Yamaha and looking to find the sweet spot around here. We learned a lot today and I expect to make a step forward in the morning, so I’m not too stressed.”

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Jason O’Halloran – Oulton Park BSB 2019

Tarran Mackenzie was back inside the top ten in this afternoon’s session holding off Keith Farmer who completed the top ten, edging out joint championship leader Josh Elliott, Bradley Ray on the leading Buildbase Suzuki and Scott Redding on the second Be Wiser Ducatis.

Ben Currie took P13 in FP1 , but while having a good session crashed at Shell and sustained a fracture to his left leg, and is currently undergoing checks on his leg and foot in Stoke Hospital.

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Ben Currie fractured his leg, ending his weekend at Oulton Park

Fraser Rogers also crashed during the opening session at Water Tower, sustaining a fracture to his right arm.

BSB Superbikes FP1/FP2 Results

Pos Name Time Gap
1 Josh BROOKES 1:35.624 0.00
2 Peter HICKMAN 1:35.674 0.050
3 Danny BUCHAN 1:35.982 0.358
4 Jason O’HALLORAN 1:36.097 0.473
5 Tommy BRIDEWELL 1:36.520 0.896
6 Scott REDDING 1:36.651 1.027
7 Glenn IRWIN 1:36.678 1.054
8 Luke MOSSEY 1:36.690 1.066
9 Christian IDDON 1:36.852 1.228
10 Josh ELLIOTT 1:36.928 1.304
11 Tarran MACKENZIE 1:37.004 1.380
12 Keith FARMER 1:37.314 1.690
13 Ben CURRIE 1:37.458 1.834
14 Dan LINFOOT 1:37.503 1.879
15 Ryan VICKERS 1:37.653 2.029
16 Sylvain BARRIER 1:37.679 2.055
17 Luke STAPLEFORD 1:37.700 2.076
18 Andrew IRWIN 1:37.769 2.145
19 Matt TRUELOVE 1:38.066 2.442
20 Dean HARRISON 1:38.097 2.473
21 David ALLINGHAM 1:38.184 2.560
22 Joe FRANCIS 1:38.275 2.651
23 Xavi FORÉS 1:38.444 2.820
24 Shaun WINFIELD 1:38.455 2.831
25 Claudio CORTI 1:38.702 3.078
26 Bradley RAY 1:38.826 3.202
27 Sam COVENTRY 1:38.895 3.271
28 Fraser ROGERS 1:39.205 3.581
29 James ELLISON 1:39.458 3.834
30 James HILLIER 1:40.630 5.006
Pos Name Time Gap
1 Josh BROOKES 01:34.3 0.00
2 Danny BUCHAN 01:35.0 0.723
3 Peter HICKMAN 01:35.5 1.178
4 Luke MOSSEY 01:35.6 1.31
5 Tommy BRIDEWELL 01:35.8 1.492
6 Christian IDDON 01:35.9 1.556
7 Jason O’HALLORAN 01:35.9 1.619
8 Ryan VICKERS 01:36.0 1.72
9 Tarran MACKENZIE 01:36.3 1.971
10 Keith FARMER 01:36.5 2.217
11 Josh ELLIOTT 01:36.6 2.239
12 Bradley RAY 01:36.6 2.316
13 Scott REDDING 01:36.6 2.319
14 Andrew IRWIN 01:36.8 2.441
15 Luke STAPLEFORD 01:36.8 2.523
16 Dan LINFOOT 01:36.9 2.544
17 Glenn IRWIN 01:36.9 2.579
18 David ALLINGHAM 01:37.2 2.839
19 Xavi FORÉS 01:37.4 3.042
20 Sylvain BARRIER 01:37.4 3.053
21 Dean HARRISON 01:37.4 3.114
22 Joe FRANCIS 01:37.5 3.136
23 Matt TRUELOVE 01:37.6 3.323
24 Claudio CORTI 01:37.9 3.565
25 James ELLISON 01:38.2 3.891
26 Shaun WINFIELD 01:38.4 4.078
27 Sam COVENTRY 01:39.0 4.723
28 Dean HIPWELL 01:39.8 5.433

Dickies British Supersport

Jack Kennedy claimed the fastest times in both Supersport FP sessions, with a 0.653 lead over Alastair Seeley in FP2, and 1.142s gap to third fastest Brad Jones, while knocking 1.5s off his FP1 time, as the only Supersport rider to dip into the 1:37s.

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Jack Kennedy – Oulton Park BSB 2019

Only Seeley and Jones clocked in the 1:38s in FP2, with Kyle Ryde next fastest in fourth, slipping from his FP1 result where he was second fastest overall, narrowly claiming the position from Jones.

Jack Kennedy

“Great day one here at Oulton topping both sessions everything went to plan and we are ready for Qualifying and sprint race tomorrow.”

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Jack Kennedy – Oulton Park BSB 2019

Dickies British Supersport FP1/FP2 Results

Pos Rider Time Gap
1 Jack KENNEDY 1:39.320 0.00
2 Kyle RYDE 1:40.423 1.103
3 Brad JONES 1:40.484 1.164
4 Alastair SEELEY 1:41.147 1.827
5 Tom OLIVER 1:41.225 1.905
6 Lee JOHNSTON 1:41.596 2.276
7 Charlie NESBITT 1:41.666 2.346
8 Josh OWENS 1:42.136 2.816
9 Eugene McMANUS 1:42.339 3.019
10 Sam WILFORD 1:43.145 3.825
11 Kurt WIGLEY 1:43.449 4.129
12 Richard KERR 1:43.590 4.270
13 Ross TWYMAN 1:43.621 4.301
14 Rory SKINNER 1:43.797 4.477
15 Ben WILSON 1:44.044 4.724
16 Ian HUTCHINSON 1:44.139 4.819
17 Paul JORDAN 1:44.394 5.074
18 Bradley PERIE 1:44.436 5.116
19 Tatsuya YAMAGUCHI 1:44.787 5.467
20 Ross PATTERSON 1:45.221 5.901
21 Matt WIGLEY 1:45.875 6.555
22 Phil WAKEFIELD 1:46.211 6.891
23 Harry TRUELOVE 1:46.228 6.908
24 Thomas STRUDWICK 1:46.271 6.951
25 Jake ARCHER 1:48.055 8.735
QUALIFYING LAP TIME (110.0% of 1:39.320) = 1:49.252
26 Ben TOLLIDAY 1:49.516 10.196
27 Alan NAYLOR 1:49.867 10.547
28 Jorel BOERBOOM 1:50.025 10.705
29 Grant McINTOSH 1:53.276 13.956
30 Tomás DE VRIES 1:54.572 15.252
Pos Name Time Gap
1 Jack KENNEDY 1:37.736 0.00
2 Alastair SEELEY 1:38.389 0.653
3 Brad JONES 1:38.878 1.142
4 Kyle RYDE 1:39.097 1.361
5 Tom OLIVER 1:39.684 1.948
6 Lee JOHNSTON 1:39.724 1.988
7 Eugene McMANUS 1:40.128 2.392
8 Josh OWENS 1:40.390 2.654
9 Kurt WIGLEY 1:40.676 2.940
10 Charlie NESBITT 1:40.822 3.086
11 Bradley PERIE 1:41.111 3.375
12 Richard KERR 1:41.128 3.392
13 Rory SKINNER 1:41.213 3.477
14 Jamie PERRIN 1:41.323 3.587
15 Harry TRUELOVE 1:41.336 3.600
16 Sam WILFORD 1:41.358 3.622
17 Ian HUTCHINSON 1:41.360 3.624
18 Tatsuya YAMAGUCHI 1:41.431 3.695
19 Ben WILSON 1:41.628 3.892
20 Ross TWYMAN 1:42.128 4.392
21 Paul JORDAN 1:42.436 4.700
22 Thomas STRUDWICK 1:42.439 4.703
23 Matt WIGLEY 1:42.603 4.867
24 Ross PATTERSON 1:42.833 5.097
25 Phil WAKEFIELD 1:43.722 5.986
26 Jake ARCHER 1:43.799 6.063
27 Ben TOLLIDAY 1:45.313 7.577
QUALIFYING LAP TIME (110.0% of 1:37.736) = 1:47.509
28 Alan NAYLOR 1:47.516 9.780
29 Tomás DE VRIES 1:47.650 9.914
30 Grant McINTOSH 1:50.593 12.857

Pirelli National Superstock 1000

Billy McConnell lead the Australian effort in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class at Oulton Park, claiming the fifth fastest time in FP2 with a 1:37.716, 0.840 seconds off Richard Cooper who topped the session, and was the only rider to dip into the 1:36s.

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Billy McConnell – Oulton Park BSB 2019

Taylor Mackenzie was next fastest in FP2, with Alex Olsen completing the top three.

Aussie Levi day was 10th fastest in FP2, 1.882s off Cooper, while fellow Australian Brayden Elliott was 34th with a 1:41.914.

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Levi Day – Oulton Park BSB 2019

Billy McConnell led the timesheets earlier in the day in FP1, setting a 1:37.366 as the fastest time, over half a second faster than Richard Cooper in P2.

Levi Day also started the day off faster, finish eighth on the timesheets, as did Brayden Elliot, in 28th after FP1.

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Brayden Elliott – Oulton Park BSB 2019

Pirelli National Superstock 1000 FP1/FP2 Results

Poa Name Time Gap
1 Billy McCONNELL 1:37.366 0.000
2 Richard COOPER 1:37.896 0.530
3 Alex OLSEN 1:38.647 1.281
4 Taylor MACKENZIE 1:38.822 1.456
5 Lee JACKSON 1:39.173 1.807
6 Andrew REID 1:39.449 2.083
7 Luke HEDGER 1:39.573 2.207
8 Levi DAY 1:39.629 2.263
9 Lewis ROLLO 1:39.741 2.375
10 Leon JEACOCK 1:39.935 2.569
11 Michael RUTTER 1:40.156 2.790
12 Chrissy ROUSE 1:40.296 2.930
13 Luke JONES 1:40.562 3.196
14 Tom NEAVE 1:40.786 3.420
15 Lee WILLIAMS 1:40.858 3.492
16 Sam WEST 1:40.902 3.536
17 Tom WARD 1:41.066 3.700
18 Tom TUNSTALL 1:41.079 3.713
19 Joe COLLIER 1:41.085 3.719
20 Gary JOHNSON 1:41.108 3.742
21 Jordan WEAVING 1:41.176 3.810
22 Eemeli LAHTI 1:41.331 3.965
23 George STANLEY 1:41.915 4.549
24 James WHITE 1:41.978 4.612
25 Rob McNEALY 1:42.062 4.696
26 Graeme IRWIN 1:42.247 4.881
27 Michael EVANS 1:42.342 4.976
28 Brayden ELLIOTT 1:42.535 5.169
29 Craig NEVE 1:42.698 5.332
30 Benjamin GODFREY 1:42.933 5.567
31 Josh DALEY 1:43.025 5.659
32 Max ALEXANDER 1:43.163 5.797
33 Jordan RUSHBY 1:43.456 6.090
34 Joe SHELDON-SHAW 1:43.869 6.503
35 Dan STAMPER 1:43.894 6.528
36 Davey TODD 1:43.957 6.591
37 Tim NEAVE 1:44.013 6.647
38 Aaron CLARKE 1:44.015 6.649
39 Daniel COOPER 1:44.016 6.650
40 Jamie TIBBLE 1:44.727 7.361
41 Richard WHITE 1:45.127 7.761
42 Nico CIPRIANO 1:45.599 8.233
43 Milo WARD 1:45.891 8.525
44 Richard WILSON 1:46.153 8.787
45 Sam COX 1:46.197 8.831
46 Christopher GREEN 1:47.004 9.638
QUALIFYING LAP TIME (110.0% of 1:37.366) = 1:47.102
47 James HENRY 1:47.448 10.082
48 Jim WALKER 1:48.527 11.161
49 Bjorn ESTMENT / /
Pos Name Time Gap
1 Richard COOPER 01:36.9 0.00
2 Taylor MACKENZIE 01:37.3 0.400
3 Alex OLSEN 01:37.4 0.545
4 Lee JACKSON 01:37.6 0.767
5 Billy McCONNELL 01:37.7 0.84
6 Andrew REID 01:38.2 1.349
7 Luke JONES 01:38.6 1.682
8 Luke HEDGER 01:38.6 1.739
9 Chrissy ROUSE 01:38.7 1.802
10 Levi DAY 01:38.8 1.882
11 Joe COLLIER 01:38.8 1.959
12 Leon JEACOCK 01:38.9 2.038
13 Lewis ROLLO 01:39.0 2.107
14 Lee WILLIAMS 01:39.9 2.996
15 Tom NEAVE 01:40.0 3.075
16 Tom WARD 01:40.1 3.199
17 Eemeli LAHTI 01:40.3 3.403
18 Tom TUNSTALL 01:40.3 3.459
19 Benjamin GODFREY 01:40.4 3.479
20 Rob McNEALY 01:40.5 3.6
21 George STANLEY 01:40.5 3.621
22 Graeme IRWIN 01:40.6 3.695
23 Aaron CLARKE 01:40.6 3.746
24 Josh DALEY 01:41.0 4.092
25 Craig NEVE 01:41.1 4.23
26 James WHITE 01:41.2 4.298
27 Davey TODD 01:41.2 4.331
28 Michael EVANS 01:41.4 4.535
29 Daniel COOPER 01:41.5 4.635
30 Jamie TIBBLE 01:41.8 4.879
31 Sam WEST 01:41.8 4.888
32 Dan STAMPER 01:41.8 4.899
33 Max ALEXANDER 01:41.9 4.99
34 Brayden ELLIOTT 01:41.9 5.038
35 Tim NEAVE 01:42.0 5.168
36 Joe SHELDON-SHAW 01:42.1 5.205
37 Sam COX 01:42.3 5.396
38 Jordan RUSHBY 01:42.7 5.801
39 Richard WHITE 01:43.7 6.792
40 Nico CIPRIANO 01:44.0 7.167
41 Richard WILSON 01:44.1 7.208
42 Milo WARD 01:44.2 7.277
43 James HENRY 01:44.3 7.409
44 Christopher GREEN 01:45.3 8.378
45 Jim WALKER 01:46.3 9.471