News 1 May 2016

Iddon tops tight first day of BSB practice at Oulton Park

O'Halloran top of the Australians in 16th overall.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Christian Iddon continued his impressive form to end the opening British Superbike Championship free practice sessions at Oulton Park fastest for the Tyco BMW team, where just 0.960s covered the top 17 riders.

The opening morning session in wet conditions had been led by Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne, but in the second free practice Iddon fired himself to the top of the times and then held off the challenges from his closing rivals in a frantic fight to the finish.

Iddon held the advantage as Luke Mossey closed in for the Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki team; he pushed Buildbase BMW’s Richard Cooper back to third in the final minutes with Alastair Seeley launching himself up to fourth place for the Royal Air Force BMW team.

Tommy Bridewell had a strong second session as the Bennetts Suzuki rider fired himself into fifth position ahead of Lee Jackson and the leading Ducati rider, Danny Buchan onboard the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati as Be Wiser Ducati’s Glenn Irwin and Byrne ended the day eleventh and 15th respectively in the super close session

American John Hopkins showed his pace in eighth position on the ePayMe Yamaha ahead of James Ellison, whilst Dan Linfoot completed the top 10 for Honda Racing.

Linfoot’s Australian teammate Jason O’Halloran was in 16th position, narrowly ahead of countryman and Kawasaki-mounted Billy McConnell.