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Iddon tops the times as 0.9 seconds separates the top 17 at Oulton Park

Saturday, April 30 2016

Christian Iddon continued his impressive form with the Tyco BMW team to end the opening day of free practice at Oulton Park fastest, in an incredibly close afternoon session as just 0.960s covered the top 17 riders on a dry track in Cheshire.

Iddon was instantly on the pace from the start of the session and continued to improve throughout the 45 minute afternoon free practice, constantly pushing to be a step ahead of his rivals in the dry conditions.

The pack behind were pushing to close the small deficit in the closest session of the season so far; the top ten continued to change but at the chequered flag it was Luke Mossey on the Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki who moved into second place in the final minutes of the sessions, pushing Richard Cooper back into third on the Buildbase BMW.

Alastair Seeley had another strong session for the Royal Air Force BMW squad, pushing forward into fourth position ahead of Tommy Bridewell as the Bennetts Suzuki contender climbed up the order, narrowly holding off Lee Jackson on the second of the Buildbase BMWs.

Danny Buchan was the top Ducati rider as the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati rider leapt up to seventh in the closing stages, moving ahead of American John Hopkins on the ePayMe Yamaha and James Ellison on the leading JG Speedfit Kawasaki. Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot completed the top ten, which featured all six of the manufacturers represented in the championship.

Glenn Irwin was the leading Be Wiser Ducati in eleventh place, with team-mate Shane 'Shakey' Byrne holding 15th position, 0.769s adrift of Iddon's pace-setting time. The session had been briefly red flagged when Peter Hickman suffered a technical problem, he ended the afternoon just ahead of Byrne with Leon Haslam completing only eight laps to end the day in 22nd position.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, free practice two result:

  1. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 1m:35.215s
  2. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Teccare Kawasaki) +0.028s
  3. Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +0.239s
  4. Alastair Seeley (Royal Air Force BMW) +0.290s
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Bennetts Suzuki) +0.310s
  6. Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +0.324s
  7. Danny Buchan (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +0.379s
  8. John Hopkins (ePayMe Yamaha) +0.427s
  9. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.573s
  10. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.657s