BSB: Haslam takes series lead with Oulton hat-trick

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Leon Haslam leads the 2016 MCE British Superbike Championship as the three-round title fight is set to get underway at Donington Park next weekend after completing a hat-trick of wins with victory in the final race at Oulton Park.

Again riding with the harder tyre, Haslam controlled the race from the off before moving in to the lead at the mid-race point.

The former WSB star was helped by the retirement of both team-mate James Ellison and Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran, who had been pushing for victory in the early stages before technical issues ruled them out of the race.


Luke Mossey took a jubilant second place to edge Michael Laverty, who finished fourth, out of the showdown with Tommy Bridewell rounding out the podium.

Dan Linfoot endured a painful ten minutes as he slipped out of contention towards the end of the race leaving his showdown spot in jeopardy – fortunately for the Honda Racing star Michael Laverty’s earlier misfortune was enough to keep him in the title fight by the skin of his teeth. 

Having led the title chase ahead of the Oulton round, Shane Byrne took his best result of a difficult weekend in fifth after suffering from a bad start, while Richard Cooper and Peter Hickman saw their showdown hopes shattered with sixth and seventh place finishes. 

Lee Jackson took a strong eighth place ahead of BMW rival Christian Iddon, with ePayMe Yamaha’s Broc Parkes rounding out the top ten.  

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing