Brookes heads off Showdown hopeful Buchan as Oulton Park action gets underway

Courtesy of Bennetts British Superbike Championship Media

Josh Brookes held the advantage after the opening day of Bennetts British Superbike Championship action at Oulton Park today (Friday), launching the Be Wiser Ducati to the top of the times by 0.508s to hold off a determined Danny Buchan for FS3-Racing Kawasaki.

Brookes set the pace in both sessions, maintaining his momentum from earlier in the season when he claimed a double race win at the Cheshire circuit, to have the edge over his rivals as Buchan chases a place in the top six this weekend ahead of the Showdown.

Tommy Bridewell was third fastest on the Oxford Racing Ducati as he bids to close down the Podium Points deficit this weekend to Brookes and the second Be Wiser Ducati of Scott Redding, who held fourth place at the chequered flag.

Christian Iddon led the Tyco BMW charge in fifth place ahead of his teammate Glenn Irwin and Bradley Ray on the Buildbase Suzuki who completed the top six. Dan Linfoot was also in close contention on the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha.

Peter Hickman was ninth fastest as he fights to edge into the top six, the Smiths Racing BMW rider trailing Andrew Irwin by a single point. In free practice today, he was a single place ahead of Irwin on the timesheets with the Honda Racing rider completing the top 10.

Other Showdown hopefuls Tarran Mackenzie and Xavi Forés were 15th and 18th respectively.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Free Practice 1 result:
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.690s
Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.528s
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.662s
Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.876s
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +1.138s
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.28
Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.351s
Glenn Irwin (Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.708s Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +2.072s
Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) +2.189s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Free Practice 2 result:
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:34.075s
Danny Buchan (FS3-Racing Kawasaki) +0.508s
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) +0.619s
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.935s
Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.945s
Glenn Irwin (Tyco BMW) +1.401s
Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +1.439s
Dan Linfoot (Santander Salt TAG Yamaha) +1.458s
Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.690s
Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +1.695s
Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings ahead of Oulton Park Race 1:
Josh Brookes (Be Wiser Ducati) 271
Scott Redding (Be Wiser Ducati) 259
Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Racing Ducati) 243
Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) 191
Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 151
Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 146
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Josh Brookes – Be Wiser Ducati
Fastest rider in free practice

“I think that having good speed here at the start of the year has made a big difference to the start of today. However we did start out with the settings from Cadwell Park, but to be fair they are not really a lot different to what we ran at this circuit at the previous round.

“The bike is in a nice place I think in general from Cadwell Park to now and previous rounds. Things have been refined and good and I already had a good mental space because of winning here earlier in the year.

“I got on the track, the bike felt like it should, the track felt familiar from earlier in the year and a familiar feeling with the setting. It all came really natural today; I didn’t have to think too much, or try too hard or do anything to do the laps.”

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