BSB: Haslam wins as Byrne crashes out in second race at Oulton
Leon Haslam took his third successive victory in the second of the weekend’s MCE British Superbike race with another commanding performance at Cheshire’s Oulton Park.
Despite higher track temperatures, Haslam again opted for the harder option Pirelli rear tyre to just have the edge over team-mate James Ellison at the end of the 18 lap race.
The win sees Haslam take over at the top of the championship standings after another tough race for rival Shane Byrne, who crashed out after losing the front at Hizzy’s chicane.
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Ellison and Honda Racing’s Dan Linfoot took the lead in the early stages of the race with Haslam sat in what looked to be a comfortable third place before making his moves to take the lead on lap 13.
John Hopkins crashed out of a strong fifth place for ePayMe Yamaha while Jason O’Halloran charged through to fourth after a difficult start to the race.
Haslam’s win leaves him just two podium points behind Byrne with just one race to go before the all-important Showdown kicks off at Donington Park next week.
Ellison’s second place secures his spot in the top six, while Linfoot’s return to the podium puts him in a stronger, but not secure, position in fifth.
However, the battle is on for the final top six spot after a fall for Michael Laverty means just eight points sit between the Northern Irishman in sixth and Richard Cooper in ninth in the overall standings with Peter Hickman and Luke Mossey sandwiched between them.