01 - 03 MAY |

Brookes back in business with race three victory at Oulton Park

Josh Brookes returned to winning ways at Oulton Park in the final Bennetts British Superbike Championship race of the weekend in Cheshire, holding off his VisionTrack Ducati teammate Christian Iddon and Lee Jackson to celebrate victory.

Brookes had started the triple-header with an eighth place finish yesterday, but after edging closer to the opposition with a fourth place earlier today, the VisionTrack Ducati team were back on the top step of the podium in the final fight of the weekend.

Brookes had started the race from pole position and managed to hold the lead into Old Hall for the first time ahead of double race winner Jason O'Halloran and Iddon with the Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki pairing in close contention.

Iddon was looking for a way to move ahead of O’Halloran, and on lap three he powered head over his Australian rival as he bid to keep him at bay.

He then had his teammate in his sights, and he was looking for a chance to make a move but Brookes had the edge. Iddon then went for a dive on the brakes into Lodge on the eighth lap, but a determined counterattack put Brookes back at the front before they crossed the line for lap nine.

Iddon was still pressing Brookes and with three laps to go, he looked set to make a move at Hizzy’s, but it cost him ground and gave his teammate the edge he needed over the final laps to claim his second win of 2020 Bennetts BSB.

Meanwhile Iddon was soon under fire from O’Halloran and Lee Jackson as the scrap for the final podium positions continued, which went down to the wire on the final lap, with Iddon able to hold strong in second place.

However, for O’Halloran the chance of a hat trick of podiums ended at the final corner when Jackson made a determined move at Lodge to grab third place and hold the 0.096s advantage at the chequered flag.

O’Halloran claimed fourth place, but a stunning weekend for the McAMS Yamaha rider now launches him into second in the title fight and just two points adrift of Glenn Irwin, who ended the final race of the weekend in sixth place for Honda Racing.

Danny Buchan was fifth, narrowly ahead of Glenn Irwin, his brother Andrew on the second of the Honda Racing Fireblades was forced to retire on the opening lap with a technical problem.

Bradley Ray was a lonely seventh for SYNETIQ BMW ahead of Peter Hickman, who celebrated his best finish of the season for Global Robots BMW with Tarran Mackenzie and Luke Mossey completing the top ten.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Round 12 result:

  1. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati)
  2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +1.622s
  3. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +1.803s
  4. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) +1.899s
  5. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +10.176s
  6. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +10.362s
  7. Bradley Ray (SYNETIQ BMW) +13.112s
  8. Peter Hickman (Global Robots BMW) +16.968s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +17.792s
  10. Luke Mossey (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +18.232s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park:

  1. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 178
  2. Jason O'Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 176
  3. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 168
  4. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 166
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 134
  6. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 125
  7. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 120
  8. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 115
  9. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 105
  10. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 90


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