BSB: Haslam takes Championship lead after Oulton Park Round

JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Leon Haslam moves to the top of the standings after a race that saw Silverstone winner Dan Linfoot retire in the fifteenth lap. While Christian Iddon crashed out leaving the way open for John Hopkins and Haslam to fight through into second and third while Shane Byrne dropped down the order eventually finishing in 9th place. Haslam made a move on Hopkins then Linfoots retirement after problems with his Fireblade put Haslam into P1, Hopkins in P2 and Josh Brookes completing the podium.

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Race two was the comeback of Dan Linfoot in victorious style after earlier disappointment, with a thrilling battle between him and second place Haslam eventually crossing the line with just fractions of a second between them and third place Bradley Ray in his debut podium place.

Earlier second placed Hopkins crashed out on the fifteenth lap.  Of the Showdown contenders Peter Hickman finished 4th, Josh Brookes 5th, Jake Dixon 6th, Shane Byrne 7th and Jason O’Halloran 8th.

With two rounds left to go Leon Haslam sits with 571 points, Josh Brookes on 549 and Shane Byrne on 548. Jake Dixon is in 4th with 541 points, Peter Hickman on 530 points and Jason O’Halloran with 517 points.

The paddock moves to Assen on September 30th/October 1st

 

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