Leon Haslam heads into the third round of the BSB champonship at Oulton Park next weekend gunning to add to his winning tally after setting the pace in the official test at the Cheshire circuit.
The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider saved his best until the final session of the day to dip under the lap record with his final run of the day, holding off defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne on the Be Wiser Ducati who leapt to second in the closing 15 minutes of the session.
There was an also last run improvement from the McAMS Yamaha team as James Ellison moved third fastest in the final five minutes of the day to become the top Yamaha by just 0.113s from Josh Brookes on the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha.
New race winner Luke Mossey completed the top five at the end of the test as he remained ahead of Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman in sixth place and the leading Honda Racing Fireblade of Dan Linfoot.
Jake Dixon marked his return to Oulton Park with a strong eighth place on the timesheets for the RAF Reserves Kawasaki team with Tommy Bridewell and Jason O’Halloran completing the top ten ahead of next weekend’s third round of the season.
Haslam said: “For me this has been a really positive test. We had a real tough weekend at Brands Hatch and we felt that we didn’t have the right set-up and that compared to some of the other riders we were lacking in a few areas, but my base setting here has been working perfectly.
“We were under the lap record and I felt confident running over race distance. We have re-evaluated and now I feel that we go into the races next weekend positive that we can come out fighting again.”
Oulton Park, Official Test, combined times:
1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 1m:34.134s
2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.473s
3. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +0.605s
4. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.718s
5. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.845s
6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.007s
7. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +1.049s
8. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +1.292s
9. Tommy Bridewell (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +1.434s
10.Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +1.447s