Byrne controls for the win, Brookes last to fourth
Shane Byrne has broken his MCE British Superbike win drought at Oulton Park, taking his 67th career win from pole position. The reigning champion led from start to finish, controlling his pace in front to maintain a gap to the chasing duo of James Ellison and podium rookie Danny Buchan.
Ellison, riding with a still-broken wrist after crashing out at Thruxton, was able to keep an intelligently riding Buchan behind him, with the pair taking advantage of an engine problem from Tommy Bridewell to move onto the podium. With the result, Ellison becomes the third of six secured Showdown Title Fighters.
Milwaukee Yamaha’s Josh Brookes was an impressive fourth, riding from 30th on the grid after a qualifying engine problem. Cutting through the pack, he was able to close the pack to the podium battle to three seconds, but fading tyres prevented any further attack forwards.
Dan Linfoot was a strong fifth for Honda Racing, helping him to close in on Bridewell, Stuart Easton (who sat out the race after a qualifying crash exacerbated his Brands Hatch injury) and Michael Laverty, who struggled with grip to finish in ninth.