Team Green reaps rewards at Oulton Park outing

With the British Superbike Championship making its return to Oulton Park, Team Green made a similar return to strong form and reaped positive results from a weekend of racing in Cheshire.

 

With Oulton Park being the first round of the showdown for Superbike Championship contenders, Leon Haslam rode with skill and composure to take hold of the championship lead. In race one he claimed victory thanks to a consistent performance in the wet, coupled with a bit of luck after Dan Linfoot's Honda FireBlade blew up.

With the track covered in large wet patches, race two saw Haslam fighting at the sharp end but ultimately having to settle for second place. Haslam and the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team are now in first place in the British Superbike Championship with 571 points, ahead of nearest rival Josh Brookes on 549. After Haslam's double win at Assen in 2016, it's expected that the next round at the Dutch circuit will be a great opportunity for Team Green, JG Speedfit Kawasaki and Leon Haslam to cement their collective grip on the 2017 title.

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Jake Dixon also put in an incredible performance in the first superbike race; after missing the call to the grid, he started from pit lane and fought his way from last to fourth place. A pole position start for race two meant his race began strongly but tyre problems saw him finish in sixth.

In Supersport, Ben Currie and Andrew Irwin secured a sensational double 1-2 finish in the sprint and feature races, with Ben claiming both wins. Currie's dominant performance at Oulton Park saw him win the restarted and wet sprint race by over 11 seconds from Irwin, who fought hard for a well-deserved second place. In the feature race, Currie worked for his second win of the weekend by fighting off Irwin on the last lap. Gearlink Kawasaki's impressive performance at Oulton puts them in second (Irwin) and third position (Currie) in the Dickies British Supersport Championship.

Morello Racing rider Danny Buchan also had a weekend to be happy about after a controlling win in the second Superstock 1000 race put him 15 points clear of his nearest rival at the top of the table.

Ross Burridge, Senior Racing Co-ordinator for Kawasaki UK said: “Oulton Park has been particularly good for Team Green this weekend – we've taken the lead in the Superbike Championship at this critical point, are continuing our success in Superstock 1000 and have continued to fight at the front in Supersport. We'll be working hard and focusing even more for the last two rounds of 2017.”

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