19 - 21 APR |

Dixon kicks off Showdown by topping opening free practice

Jake Dixon got the Showdown underway by topping the opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship free practice session at Oulton Park, launching the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki ahead of his rivals.

The session was initially headed by Peter Hickman as the Smiths Racing BMW rider bids to kick his Showdown off in the best possible way this weekend after a tough round at Silverstone last time out. However Dixon then went to the top before he was then displaced by Kawasaki rival Luke Mossey in the closing stages.

Dixon wasn’t going to settle though and on his final run of the session he moved ahead again, with championship leader Leon Haslam also moving up the order to second, with 0.381s between the top two at the chequered flag.

Danny Buchan had a strong performance to hold third place in the closing stages for the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki team after narrowly missing out on the Showdown with Josh Brookes maintaining a place in the top five for McAMS Yamaha.

Hickman dropped to sixth in the closing stages, ahead of Mossey and Jason O'Halloran, who had been running inside the top five earlier in the session with James Ellison and Bradley Ray completing the top ten.

Final Showdown contender Glenn Irwin missed out on a place in the top ten in 14th place, whilst brother Andrew crashed out unhurt at Water Tower.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Free Practice 1:

  1. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 1m:34.737s
  2. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.381s
  3. Danny Buchan (FS-3 Racing Kawasaki) +0.486s
  4. Richard Cooper (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.529s
  5. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +0.606s
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.645s
  7. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.762s
  8. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.783s
  9. James Ellison (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.911s
  10. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.914s

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