Round 2 of the British Superbike Championship comes to Oulton Park for the first Bank Holiday Monday race of the year. The race circuit itself is set in the grounds of Oulton Hall the tracks main characteristics are that of rapidly changing gradients,several tight corners and a few blind crests.
LENGTH: 2.6920M 4.332KM
A guided Lap of Oulton Park from 2012 with Cal Crutchlow
With so long between rounds and the ever changing weather of British “spring time” this weekend could throw up some interesting results. The field itself is so deep with talent that in all honesty I can not pick out who will be on the podium and that for me is a fantastic position to be in and leaves me very excited for the races.
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John Hopkins is looking to get his season started after a disappointing Silverstone for the American. Oulton park was the track where Hopkins achieved his first BSB win.
Hopkins said: “I am actually really looking forward to this weekend as I feel that the time we set at the test didn’t truly reflect the positivity of the official test. We had tested on used tyres as usual, because consistency is what is important over race distance. It was the first time that we had really made big changes to the chassis setting, so we did lots of shorter runs of like five laps, come in and change, then repeat the process. I feel that we left the official test with a better base setting than we had at Silverstone, even though we had a crash which ended the day a little early before we had the chance to try for an outright lap.”
Leon Haslam is another rider who is looking to jumpstart his championship bid after a DNF and a 5th place at round one.
Haslam said: “I felt really confident at Silverstone and I felt that the win was definitely on the cards; we had pole position, everything was going perfectly to plan and then we had a technical issue in race one and then problems in race two meant it was a no go. Yes we had a fifth place but it was not what I expected for myself for that weekend.”
“We have erased that weekend now and I am treating Oulton Park as the first round for me. It will be a bit more demanding and challenging to get into this track compared to Silverstone, as it has been a few years since I raced here, but we need to get the bike working at these circuits so that was why the test last week was so useful for me.”
Filip Backlund the popular Swedish rider will be making his return from injury suffering a broken collarbone at the official pre season test at Donington Park.
The MotoDex Performance First BMW team will return to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship with Michael Howarth for the remainder of the 2016 season, joining the grid this weekend at Oulton Park.