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Oulton Park BSB Friday Practice | Irwin, PBM fastest on emotional return to action

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Glenn Irwin, BeerMonster Ducati, Paul Bird Motorsport, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 BSB, Oulton Park, action [credit: Impact Images/Tim Keeton]

Glenn Irwin put the emotions of the past fortnight behind him to go quickest at the end of Friday’s two practice sessions, the first track action for the BeerMonster Ducati team since the sudden death of its founder and manager Paul Bird.

In what could prove to be a crucial weekend for current series leader Tommy Bridewell and team-mate Irwin, it was the latter who drew first blood by topping the quicker of the day’s sessions in the afternoon.

The Ulsterman comes into the event chasing down a 14.5 point deficit to Bridewell, an inter-team tussle that has gained significant resonance in the wake of Bird’s passing at the age of 56 on 1 September.


Bridewell, meanwhile, ended the day with the fifth fastest time overall, though he was quickest of all in FP1.

Between the two Ducati riders was Leon Haslam on the ROKiT BMW in second - just +0.047s off the top spot - plus the two OMG Yamahas of Ryan Vickers and Kyle Ryde in third and fourth. Jason O’Halloran, who together with Ryde still has shot, at the title completed the top six on the McAMS Yamaha.

Back on track for the first time since FS-3 Kawasaki announced he would be replaced by O’Halloran for the 2024 BSB season, Lee Jackson was again the fastest of the ZX-10RR contingent in seventh despite a crash, with BMW riders Peter Hickman (FHO Racing) and Luke Mossey (L1 Racing) eighth and ninth.

Elsewhere, BSB returnees/stand-ins Luke Stapleford (McAMS Yamaha), Davey Todd (SYNETIQ BMW) and Michael Dunlop (Hawk Honda) ended the day 15th, 18th and 23rd respectively, with DAO Kawasaki’s Brayden Elliott completing his first day as a BSB rider in 24th.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Oulton Park | Combined Friday Practice Results
P/sRiderNatiTeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Glenn Irwin🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 34.225
2Leon Haslam🇬🇧ROKiT BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.272
3Ryan Vickers🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 34.364
4Kyle Ryde🇬🇧LAMI OMG RacingYamaha R11m 34.368
5Tommy Bridewell🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 34.452
6Jason O'Halloran🇦🇺McAMSYamaha R11m 34.578
7Lee Jackson🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.713
8Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.093
9Luke Mossey🇬🇧Tactix L1 RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.212
10Christian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 35.239
11Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.239
12Jack Kennedy🇮🇪Mar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 35.263
13Storm Stacey🇬🇧Starline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.323
14Max Cook🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.587
15Luke Stapleford🇬🇧McAMSYamaha R11m 35.767
16Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.812
17Bradley Perie🇬🇧VisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.070
18Davey Todd🇬🇧SYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 36.182
19Hector Barbera🇪🇦TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.395
20Jack Scott🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.509
21Tom Neave🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.704
22Franco Bourne🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.980
23Michael Dunlop🇬🇧Crendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.850
24Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.869
25Lewis Valleley🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 38.868

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