BSB: Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to Cheshire’s Oulton Park
The Bennetts British Superbike Championship heads to Cheshire for Rounds 10/11/12 of the 2020 season, at the stunning Oulton Park.
Following from an eventful weekend at Silverstone, in which two new winners in 2020 were added to the list, McAMS Yamaha’s Tarran Mackenzie and Buildbase Suzuki’s Kyle Ryde. 23-year-old Kyle Ryde will be aiming to pick up where he left off at Silverstone, doing the double on Sunday. He currently lies fourth in the championship standings, 43 points adrift of Glenn Irwin, who currently leads the charge with 157 points to his and the new Fireblade’s name.
Current championship leader, 30-year-old, Irwin, will be hoping to maintain his lead of the championship and keep up his form. The Irishman is proving that consistency is key with his worse result of the season being a hattrick of fourths in Northamptonshire. He currently leads the championship by 35 points in front of Josh Brookes and Tommy Bridewell.
Team-mate and brother, Andrew Irwin had a troubled weekend 12-months ago. The Irishman was involved in an accident which brought out the red flags and chose to ride his Honda CBR1000RR back to the pits in a bid to make the restart, thus against MSVR rules. Irwin caused chaos, dropping oil at Druids bend seeing Peter Hickman slide out of proceedings. The rider from Carrickfergus was disqualified from race two and was forced to start race three from last. So far this year, Irwin has been involved in a number of incidents and will be looking to replicate his Silverstone performances, albeit a bit higher up the grid.
Josh Brookes will be hoping to repeat his form from last year at Oulton Park as he did the double on the May Bank Holiday Round and a further win in the September round as well as a further podium position. Tommy Bridewell was the last winner at this circuit, his and that of his Oxfords Product Ducati’s maiden victory, benefiting from Josh Brookes’ crash at Shell Oils with only a few laps to go.
The McAMS Yamaha duo of Tarran Mackenzie and Jason O’Halloran will be doing their best to keep up their form after a triple podium success at Silverstone, with Mackenzie getting a win and a second-place, whilst team-mate, O’Halloran took a hattrick of third-place finishes. The McAMS Yamahas struggled last year at Oulton Park, but they’ll be looking past that in hopes of some more podium finishes.
This weekend also sees the return of former British Supersport champion, and 2020 TAG Yamaha rider, Jack Kennedy, who after being left without a ride will join Ryan Vickers in the RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki squad.
As we go into the Oulton Park round, so far there have been nine races with seven different winners, who will finish on the top step of the podium this weekend at the Cheshire Circuit?
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