Round three of the British Superbike championship takes the series to Oulton Park this will also be the final round before the break for the NW200 and Isle of Man TT, The circuit uses the natural contours of the Cheshire countryside in which it is set to form a fast flowing circuit enjoyed by riders and spectators alike. It occupies alot of the are that was previously the grounds of Oulton estate, The track has many layouts but it is used in its longest form by the BSB.
LEFT HAND: 6
RIGHT HAND: 11
POLE POSITION: LEFT
MCE BSB LAP RECORD: JOSH BROOKES – YAMAHA 1:34.483 (2015)
Track Guide With Jenny Tinmouth:
So far this season it has been the JG Speedfit team that looks to have the advantage over the rest of the field with Luke Mossey and Leon Haslam taking each of the four wins Mossey doing the double last time out at Brands Hatch, Shane Byrne still hasnt got his 2017 campaign off the ground yet the 2016 champion could only score a fourth place finish in race one and unfortunately crashed out in race two, This has left him chasing not only Haslam at the top of the standings but also every rider inside the top six showdown positions and with a field as deep as BSB gaining places wont be easy.
Christian Iddon has also got his title challenge off to a strong start after a quiet winter where he and the team admitted struggling he has scored three podiums out of the first four races leaving him in third place in the championship ahead of Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman both of who struggled slightly at Brands Hatch after having strong weekends at Donington Park. Completing the top six at this early stage of the season is the ever impressive Glenn Irwin the Northern Irish man has had solid start to his season scoring good points but unfortunately just like his more experienced team mate he crashed out of race 2 at brands hatch.
The BSB had a test at Oulton the Thursday after RD 2 Leon Haslam led the way setting a lap time under the lap record in the final session Full report here:
( http://www.britishsuperbike.com/news/haslam-under-the-lap-record-to-hit-the-top-of-the-test-times-at-oulton-park/ )
Christian Iddon has had enough of the being the nearly man and looks to break his duck and take his first win this weekend:
( http://www.britishsuperbike.com/news/iddon-i-am-bored-of-the-monkey-on-my-back-now/ )
Glenn Irwin is set to make his NW200 return this year on his PBM Ducati after being forced to miss the event last season to concentrate on his debut season in BSB:
( http://northwest200.org/glenn-irwin-race-pbmbe-wiser-ducati-2017-vauxhall-international-north-west-200/ )
Maria Costello is to make her sidecar debut this weekend the TT racer will be joined by Kirsty Hauxwell Full Story here:
( http://www.motorcyclenews.com/sport/british-superbikes/2017/april/bsb-maria-costello-to-make-sidecar-debut/ )
Davide Giugliano looks set to miss this weekends races after his heavy crash at Brands:
And in relation to this story Alistair Seeley will deputize for the injured Giugliano this will also help him get bike time before the North West:
( http://www.bikesportnews.com/news/news-detail/oulton-bsb-seeley-stands-in-for-crocked-giugliano )
Eurosport 2 16:00pm-18:00pm BSB qualifying and BSS sprint race.
Eurosport 2 12:30pm-18:00pm Full Race day.
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