BSB: Haslam wins as JG Speedfit Kawasaki lock out podium at Oulton
JG Speedfit Kawasaki made history at Oulton Park today as they became the first team ever to have all three of their riders finishing on the rostrum. Leon Haslam took victory after a gamble on hard tyres paid off, ahead of teammates James Ellison and Peter Hickman.
The victory moves Haslam just three championship points and seven podium credits behind championship leader Shane Byrne, who finished ninth after running off the track at Knickerbrook. Byrne was lying third behind Haslam and Ellison and looked like a strong contender for the win.
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Honda’s Jason O’Halloran came home in fourth place in front of Dan Linfoot. Linfoot was lying eleventh behind Hopkins after the start of the race and battled his way through the field to finish just over 1.8 seconds behind his teammate.
Ducati rider Glenn Irwin and Suzuki’s Tommy Bridewell both crashed out on laps two and four respectively. Bridewell suffered a rear wheel lock-up between Shell Oils Corner and Britten’s - sending the Bennetts GSX-R bouncing towards the fence and out of the race. Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon was also another rider to crash, rendering his chances of a top-six Showdown position almost entirely over.
Buildbase BMW’s Richard Cooper rounded out the top six. He was followed over the line by Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey, who finished seventh ahead of Laverty and Byrne, with Lee Jackson Rounding out the top ten.