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Oulton Park BSB | Glenn Irwin quickest ahead of qualifying

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Glenn Irwin, BeerMonster Ducati, Ducati Panigale V4 R, 2023 BSB, Oulton Park, action [Impact Images]

Glenn Irwin’s stranglehold at the top of the British Superbike Championship leaderboard continued in the final practice session at Oulton Park on Saturday morning with his lap of 1’34.186 the fastest lap of the weekend.

That put the BeerMonster Ducati rider 0.421s quicker than Leon Haslam (ROKiT BMW Motorrad Team) with team-mate Tommy Bridewell ending the 20-minute session in third.

Bridewell, Kyle Ryde (LAMI OMG Racing Yamaha) and Irwin were immediately into the low 1’35’s on their first flying lap, which was a second quicker than anyone else, but Josh Brookes (FHO Racing BMW) and Lee Jackson (Cheshire Mouldings Kawasaki) joined them second time around, the latter knocking Bridewell off the top spot by 0.009s.


He was soon pushed back down to second by Haslam though, the BMW rider the first to post a 1’34 lap in the session at 1’34.769. That put him a quarter of a second clear of Jackson.

With a third of a session gone, the running order was Haslam, Jackson, Bridewell, Ryde, Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) and Irwin, with less than a half a second between them, and that gap soon covered seven riders with Ryan Vickers slotting into fifth on the second OMG machine.

Brookes, Jack Kennedy (Mar-Train Racing Yamaha) and Luke Stapleford (McAMS Yamaha) completed the early top ten.

Jackson was the next rider to dip into the 1’34’s, at 1’34.991, which consolidated his second place, but it didn’t last long with firstly Vickers and then O’Halloran pushing him down the order. O’Halloran’s lap of 1’34.790 cut the gap to Haslam to 0.183s.

Both Haslam and Bridewell upped their pace to a 1’34.607 and 1’34.651 respectively but with five minutes to go, Irwin jumped into the number one spot with a lap of 1’34.242, which was 0.365s quicker than anyone else and just a fraction outside his best lap from the previous day.

Further back, Brookes also improved with his lap of 1’34.750 half a second quicker than what he’d managed on Friday.

In the dying seconds, Irwin went quicker again at 1’34.186 which put him four tenths of a second ahead of Haslam and they were followed by Bridewell, O’Halloran, Brookes and Ryde with Vickers, Peter Hickman (FHO Racing BMW), one time pace setter Jackson and Luke Mossey (Tactix by Lloyd & Jones BMW) completing the top ten.

2023 British Superbike Championship [BSB] | Oulton Park | Combined Practice Results [After FP3]
P/sRiderNati.TeamMotorcycleLap Time
1Glenn Irwin🇬🇧BeerMonster PBMDucati Panigale V41m 34.186
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
7Josh Brookes🇦🇺FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.706
8Lee Jackson🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 34.713
9Peter Hickman🇬🇧FHO RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 34.972
10Luke Mossey🇬🇧Tactix L1 RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.098
11Jack Kennedy🇮🇪Mar-Train RacingYamaha R11m 35.168
12Christian Iddon🇬🇧Oxford RacingDucati Panigale V41m 35.212
13Storm Stacey🇬🇧Starline RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.323
14Luke Stapleford🇬🇧McAMSYamaha R11m 35.510
15Max Cook🇬🇧Cheshire Mouldings FS-3Kawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.587
16Bradley Perie🇬🇧VisionTrack RacngKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 35.803
17Charlie Nesbitt🇬🇧MasterMac by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.812
18Davey Todd🇬🇧SYNETIQ BMW MotorradBMW M 1000 RR1m 35.900
19Franco Bourne🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 35.952
20Tom Neave🇬🇧Honda RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.338
21Hector Barbera🇪🇦TAG RacingHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 36.395
22Jack Scott🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 36.443
23Brayden Elliott🇦🇺DAO RacingKawasaki ZX-10RR1m 37.554
24Michael Dunlop🇬🇧Crendon by HawkHonda CBR1000RR-R1m 37.870
25Lewis Valleley🇬🇧Rapid CDH RacingBMW M 1000 RR1m 38.119

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