Saturday, July 27, 2013

             British Super Bikes 2013  

 Round 7 

Oulton Park                                                                                                          09-11 August

Circuit Statistics
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BSB Lap Record
Ryuichi Kiyonari - Honda 1:35.436 (2006)


Widely acknowledged as the most picturesque race circuit in the country, Oulton Park is recognised as much for its stunning surroundings as the spectacular racing that takes place on its hallowed tarmac. Voted the best UK circuit by BSB fans in 2007, Oulton Park features rapidly changing gradients and blind crests, and presents a supreme challenge to riders. Spectators can enjoy fantastic views of the action, with the outside of Knickerbrook in particular a favourite of the crowds.

Last Time Here
Tommy Hill was in imperious form at the July event as he scored a hat-trick of victories.
The Swan Yamaha rider had laid down the standard as he took pole start for the opening race which he won ahead of Tyco Suzuki's Josh Brookes and he continued that form into the following two races.
Hill made the perfect start but had to ride hard in the early stages to hold off his determined team-mate Noriyuki Haga but as the race developed it was again Aussie Brookes who came through into second place, ahead of Shane "Shakey" Byrne aboard the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki. Haga dropped back to fifth, adrift of Samsung Honda's Michael Laverty.
Hill led the opening lap of the final race but Brookes stole the advantage and hit the front but Hill again regained the lead. Byrne took second place ahead of Brookes who dramatically held on as his bike swerved wickedly out of control and all but high-sided him over the handlebars. Brookes landed back on the Tyco Suzuki and lost five places but he fought back to take third with a last lap move on Haga at the final corner.

 BSB Standings
After Round 6 - Brands Hatch GP Feature race

1A. SeeleyGearlink Kawasaki 250
2S. EastonMar-Train Yamaha210
3B. WilsonGearlink Kawasaki 109
4B. McconnellSmiths Triumph Racing 170
5G. GowlandSeton Tuning Yamaha138
6G. RichardsSmiths Triumph Racing80
7J. O'HalloranSamsung Honda79
8G. IrwinMar-Train Yamaha71
9J. Dixon (C)Cf Motorsport 71
10L. JonesKgd 63



Saturday, July 27, 2013

Buchan considering options following Seton Tuning Yamaha test
Danny Buchan is considering his next move following a test with the Motorpoint British Supersport Championship contending Seton Tuning Yamaha team at Oulton Park yesterday (Friday).
Buchan parted company with the Quattro Plant Kawasaki team after the previous round at Brands Hatch and the former Superstock 1000 podium contender is now looking ahead to the second half of the season. The Seton Tuning Yamaha team tested with Buchan following their first podium finish of the season with last time out at Brands Hatch as they hunt a replacement for Graeme Gowland.
Buchan said: "Brands Hatch was a very strange weekend all round for a number of reasons. Phil (Seton, team owner) contacted me on Thursday and suggested coming to Oulton Park to ride the bike.  I'm a free agent and there is no reason why I should not take up the offer.  I really like the bike, Phil and the Seton Yamaha team.  It's been great getting out there today and that is what it has been about, simply riding the bike.  I'm not here to make any decisions today, but I am glad I came."
Team owner Phil Seton said:  "I've always liked Danny having worked with him in the past.  After the disappointment of last weekend with (Graeme) Gowland's departure, we simply needed to move forward and secure a good quality rider for the next round at Oulton.  It has been difficult, but we have secured the funding to take the team forward. I spoke with Danny on Thursday and he agreed to come along today at Oulton Park.  It is simply an opportunity for both parties to talk, allow Danny to ride the bike and then see where we go from there."

Saturday, July 27, 2013

 Burrell targets MCE BSB comeback with Quattro Plant Kawasaki test
Barry Burrell moved a step closer to securing his position on the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship grid as he tested with the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki team at Oulton Park yesterday (Friday).
Burrell moved to the IDM Superbike Series in Germany this season, but is targeting a return to Britain after narrowly missing out on a maiden podium finish at the final MCE BSB round last season. He completed over 40 laps of Oulton Park ahead of the next round of the Championship with team owner Pete Extance searching for a replacement rider for the recently departed Danny Buchan to line up alongside Chris Walker in the team.
Burrell said: "It was a good test for me and it felt good to be back with one of the top BSB teams. The bike felt good and we had a positive day. I want to thank Pete for the opportunity and we will see what we can do for the remainder of the season."

Thursday, July 25, 2013

QBSD Motorsport and Poole dive into MCE British Superbike Championship
The MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship will feature a new team on the grid from the next round of the season at Oulton Park on 9/10/11 August as the QBSD Motorsport team have today (Thursday) announced that Jamie Poole will move into the premier class for the second half of the season.
The team have big aspirations in only their first season as QBSD Motorsport, but with the combined experience of Mark Quelch and Poole, the Kettering-based team, who also operate a team in the prestigious Spanish CEV Repsol Championship, are determined to succeed and have long term goals for the Superbike class.
Poole has been a contender in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship this season, however the team have decided to make the progression into the Superbike class at the halfway point of their campaign in order to build foundations for next season and are feeling determined ahead of their MCE BSB debut.
Poole said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to progress and to move into the Superbike class; it has been an aspiration of mine since I started racing and it is for most of the riders in this paddock. We are a new team and after a frustrating start to the Superstock season we decided that we should make the step as the benefits for our partners are so much more in the top class. I hope that it will actual inspire some other riders and teams too as we have seen from Halsall Racing and GBmoto that you can make the progression and with hard work get results.
"At Oulton Park we will obviously been in at the deep end, but sometimes that is the best way to be. I look on this season as laying some foundations for the future in the Championship. We will be more Stock based than some of the other teams, but with the Motec ECU, the new slick 17 inch Pirelli tyres that will become mandatory next year, and some new front forks that really is the main difference. There is a perception that it takes more than that but the technical rules make it easy to move up and for us this challenge is what we need to take the team to the next level."
Mark Quelch concluded: "The team moving into the Superbike Championship was something that was mentioned at Snetterton and it soon gained momentum. We investigated all avenues of bike and rider but we decided to stay with the ZX10 and Jamie. This enables the team to get valuable experience in the class with a view of bringing in a higher profile rider next year. We are very excited but realise the transition is going to be very hard work."
The team will continue to field Australians Bryce Van Hoof and Benjamin Currie in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 and 600 Championships respectively.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Halsall Racing Kawasaki sign Bridewell to expand their team to two riders
Halsall Racing Kawasaki have announced that they have expanded their team to field two riders in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, signing Tommy Bridewell to join Lee Costello ahead of the next round of the season at Oulton Park on 9/10/11 August.
The team progressed to the championship this season and had their most successful round of their campaign to date last weekend at Brands Hatch when Costello scored a twelfth place in the opening race. Bridewell's move to Halsall Racing comes just after the recent arrival of experienced manager Jack Valentine to the ambitious team. Bridewell was a contender in the Showdown last season and has previously been a podium finisher in the championship.
Bridewell said: "I'm massively excited to be joining the Halsall crew. It feels like a refreshing re-start to the season for me and this is just what I need. For various reasons, so far 2013 hasn't gone the way I wanted it to but this is just what I needed. My focus is 100% and I feel really good. It's exciting to be part of an up and coming team like Halsall Racing and I'm looking forward to working alongside Lee. I have a few years of experience in BSB now and I believe together we can really help develop the team and the bike. I'm delighted to have been given this chance to be a part of such an exciting project."
Team Manager Jack Valentine said: "It's fantastic news that Tommy has joined the team. Martin and I are both fully committed to taking the team forward and we knew we needed an experienced front runner to help us make this happen. I've always been an admirer of Tommy; he had an excellent season last year and for us as a team, getting the opportunity to run him is excellent. I believe this will be a great move for all of us. Lee is already doing a great job and now that we have secured Tommy we can move even further forward with our plans to make Halsall Racing Kawasaki a strong and competitive team."
Team Owner Martin Halsall concluded: "When we heard that Tommy was available we knew that this was the perfect opportunity for us to work together. He will join us at Oulton Park and we are all looking forward to it. We had always intended to be two bike team, and the chance to work with Tommy came just at the right time."

 Wednesday, August 07, 2013

 We can fight for wins at Oulton Park

Josh Brookes is threatening to continue his winning ways at Oulton Park this weekend in the triple-header round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship as the Tyco Suzuki rider aims to add to his tally.
Brookes had a consistent run of podium finishes at the opening rounds but is on the ascent for Tyco Suzuki as the Showdown begins to beckon, claiming his first win of the season last time out and the Australian is ready to try and uphold national sporting honour in the three races this weekend. Brookes currently lies third in the overall standings but like rivals Shane Byrne and Alex Lowes, a strong performance in Cheshire could fire him into a secure Showdown position. 
Brookes said: "I think we can fight for some more wins at Oulton Park as I feel that we have progressed again with the Tyco Suzuki so it is important for us to maintain that in the three races this weekend. The win at Brands Hatch was progression as we had been consistent with the podiums until then. I don't know how that win will affect the other riders and I don't want to pinpoint out competition before the weekend because there are different reasons to watch everyone, but we intend to come out at Oulton Park and maintain our performance and have three good races."

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 Seeley ready to keep pressure up on title rivals at Oulton Park

The Motorpoint British Supersport Championship returns to Oulton Park this weekend (9/10/11 August) and Gearlink Kawasaki's Alastair Seeley is ready to keep the pressure up on his chasing rivals, as he bids to maintain his position at the top of the standings.
Seeley heads the field by 40 points but Martrain Yamaha's Stuart Easton was victorious at the Cheshire circuit in May and after the pair's photo finish for the win at Brands Hatch, the Scottish rider will be pushing to add to his winning tally. Seeley and Easton were inseparable at the previous event and with the second Gearlink Kawasaki of Ben Wilson also closing in, claiming the victories this weekend could prove critical in the fight for the title.
Seeley said: "Oulton Park is hopefully going to be a good weekend for us and we want to be going for another double win. Last time we were there the races went down to the wire on the last corner of the last lap and I don't expect this weekend to be any different. The only thing I can see is that the leading group will have more of us in the mix, a bit like at Brands Hatch. It is nice for us to have that buffer in the standings at the moment, but it can change fast so we need to keep that up. We need to keep that pressure on the riders behind us at the moment and we want to do that this weekend."
Smiths Racing Triumph's Billy McConnell had a double podium finish at Oulton Park earlier in the season and is ready to challenge for the top three after a disappointing Brands Hatch, whilst his team-mate and defending champion Glen Richards aims to open his account of podium finishes this weekend.
Graeme Gowland became the fifth rider to claim a podium finish at Brands Hatch and despite parting company with the Seton Tuning Yamaha team returns this weekend in Team Appleyard Macadam Doodson Yamaha colours. This round also marks the debut in the Championship of former MCE Insurance British Superbike contender Danny Buchan who moves to the Seton Tuning Yamaha team following a recent test at the Cheshire circuit. Buchan has plenty of experience on a 600cc machine when he finished third in the 2011 National Superstock Championship.
Samsung Honda's Jason O'Halloran has come close to a podium finish but will be aiming for celebrations at Oulton Park, whilst Glenn Irwin, Jake Dixon and Luke Jones are set to be in contention.

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