The British Superbike championship travelled to Cheshire-based, Oulton Park this weekend for the ninth round of the series. It was a successful outing for SHARK’s supported riders at the 4.307km circuit, with wins and podiums collected throughout the classes.
In the MCE British Superbike class Danny Buchan’s hard work throughout the year eventually paid off with two podium finishes in race one and two, with third and second places respectively – and a fourth place in race three, allowing him to earn valuable championship points and putting him 13th in the Championship standings. SHARK’s Lee Jackson finished the first race in the top-ten with eighth position. In race two, he was running in sixth but unfortunately ran off the track taking him down to 17th position; Jackson battled back to 11th position and finished race three in 13th position.
Fellow SHARK-supported James Westmoreland had a solid race in the second outing and scored a top-ten finish. Westmoreland then placed 14th in race three.
Meanwhile in the Motorpoint British Supersport championship, Luke Hedger finished his weekend with two top-ten places – eighth and sixth. The British Supersport class also saw Dean Hipwell enjoy a top-ten finish in Sunday’s race, taking seventh place.
It was a tough weekend for SHARK’s Kyle Ryde who qualified well and started the Sprint race in the leading group, but Ryde was forced out and crashed out of the race, unhurt. Ryde was going into Sunday’s race full of confidence, but a massive high-side in the morning warm-up session destroyed the bike and left Ryde and his team unable to repair the bike before the race start. Ryde is still second in the overall standings, 69 points behind the leader.
Josh Elliot finished second in the Superstock 1000 class and is still leading the overall standings with a 17-point gap, with only two races left. Dominic Usher finished in the top-ten, taking eighth place.
The National Superstock 600 race saw another SHARK podium, this time for Jordan Weaving, who finished third. Joe Francis finished just outside the podium in fourth place.
In the Motostar 125 championship race, SHARK supported Charlie Nesbitt finished on the podium in Moto3, taking third place, while Cameron Horsman gave another great performance finishing first of the 125cc class.
Further wins were produced in the KTM British Junior Cup with Chris Taylor winning race one while Kevin Keyes scored a fourth place finish. Keyes then won the second outing, while Taylor crashed out of the leading group during the last lap of the race.
SHARK riders Taylor, Keyes and Thomas Strudwick are currently second, third and fourth in the overall standings and will go to Silverstone for the final round of the season in October.
Next weekend will see SHARK’s MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 riders in action at San Marino, while the next round of British Superbike Championship will take place at Assen, the Netherlands on 18-20 September.