BSB: Bridewell and Easton share victories in incident-packed third round of the British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park
Monday 4th May 2015 –Tommy Bridewell and Stuart Easton shared the victories in a dramatic, incident-packed third round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park in which Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne crashed out of contention in race two, handing the series lead to James Ellison.
Bridewell led the opening race at the Cheshire circuit, fending off the fierce challenge from Josh Brookes by 0.160s to celebrate the Tyco BMW team’s first victory. Byrne had completed the podium in the opening race as he briefly extended his lead in the standings.
The second race produced high drama as Ryuichi Kiyonari led the race, eager to make amends for a fifth place in the opening race for the Buildbase BMW team. Bridewell was pushing to take the advantage before he crashed his Tyco BMW, ending his hopes of a repeat winning performance.
Kiyonari and Byrne then had been battling intensely for the lead as the two title-winners diced furiously for the second victory of the day, but with just over two laps to go Kiyonari clipped the back of the PBM Kawasaki at Hizzys Chicane and the pair crashed out of contention.
The champions crashing out left a three-way scrap for the win between Stuart Easton, Ellison and Brookes. The Scottish PBM Kawasaki rider held off Ellison on the final dash to the finish to score his first victory since 2010 by 0.161s.
Michael Laverty enjoyed his best result of the season so far in fourth place on the Tyco BMW ahead of Honda Racing’s Jason O’Halloran and Howie Mainwaring on the Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki.
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW)R1: 1st, R2: Crash-“It makes a change to be at the front as normally I am sat behind these other guys and struggling to hold on! All credit to the Tyco BMW team as the bike was working phenomenally. I was watching my board, Josh’s board, Shakey’s and Stuart’s too, thinking right I know what is going on behind me. It was a matter of trying to save smooth and conserve the tyre, but that all went out the window so it was sideways and holding on for dear life really! I keep my feet on the floor but I think that is one of the strongest races [race one] I have ever run. I am disappointed with race two but it is one of those things.”
Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)R1: 4th, R2: 1st-“The win has been a while coming, and I was bit fortunate – there were five or six of us out there running at the same pace. I got lucky, but I will take it. I always go well here and I have won in the Supersport class here too, I really like the circuit and I have really enjoyed this weekend. We now need to build on today and keep pushing for Snetterton.”
Josh Brookes,R1: 2nd, R2: 3rd-“In the first race I bodged up the lights a bit at the start of the race. I don’t know why, but everything seemed to go into slow motion. I saw them go out, but I just didn’t go, it just didn’t happen and I had three riders around me. I just floated into the first corner and took an ideal line and it gave me the lead which was really lucky. I got away with it I guess! “I was trying to force Tommy [Bridewell] to make a mistake but then I started to lose a bit of grip so I had to change my plan. I was trying to maintain the lap time and there wasn’t an opportunity to take an advantage. I was pleased to get third in race two; in general I made a few mistakes at the start and I thought I was going good but everyone was riding so well. Everyone at the front doesn’t normally make mistakes and if we do it is a crash, so I sat there at the back waiting to make a mistake or force a pass but it never showed. With Kiyo and Shakey going down it gifted me the third position and I will take it, it is too hard to get results in this championship so I am pleased with third.”
Shane Byrne, R1: 3rd, R2: DNF- “The temperature on race day threw a bit of a spanner in the works as the harder tyre works better in cooler conditions and with the track temperature going up considerably today it made for an interesting first race. It was a difficult race but I managed to take third and the team did a mega job so we were able to look at the data and make a few changes for race two. I felt a lot stronger and even though there was nothing between the five of us, I felt good going into the last few laps. Kiyo made a small mistake which resulted in both of us crashing but these things happen in racing and no one will be more disappointed than Kiyo so it’s onwards and upwards to the next round.”
1: Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW)
2: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.160s
3: Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +2.539s
4: Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) +3.742s
5: Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) +4.656s
6: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +14.493s
1: Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki)
2: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.161s
3: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +0.232s
4: Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +12.102s
5: Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +12.306s
6: Howie Mainwaring (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +20.377s
1: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 109
2: Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki)101
3: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 94
4: Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) 80
5: Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 53
6: Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 42