For the third round of the 2017 British Superbike Championship (BSB), the teams and riders met at Oulton Park (GBR) at the weekend, with the races being held on Monday, 1stMay. In the first heat of the Superbike class (BSB SBK), Peter Hickman (GBR) was the highest placed BMW rider, crossing the line in fifth on his Smiths Racing RR. Christian Iddon (GBR / Tyco BMW) was eighth. In race two, Iddon came home in fourth place, missing the podium by only two tenths of a second. Hickman was seventh.
Jakub Smrz (CZE / Lloyd & Jones PR Racing) and Lee Jackson (GBR / Smiths Racing) also finished both races in the points: Smrz was 13th and 12th, Jackson 15th and 13th.
Christian Iddon: “It was a tough weekend for a number of reasons but we can take away a lot of positives. Race one was disappointing but in the second race we were there battling for second place, so to then lose out on a podium was frustrating – but at least we are continually in the mix. Thanks to the team for their continued big effort. We are sitting in a strong championship position, in third; we just need to keep pushing hard for consistent podiums and try to grab that elusive win.”
Peter Hickman: “Fifth was a good result in the first race but I was a bit disappointed to have left the door open on the last corner. Normally you can hear the bikes behind you but this time I couldn’t so I thought I had a safe fourth! I was a bit annoyed but top five was still a good outcome and we made further improvements to the bike for race two, although again I made an average start. I had the pace to finish on the podium but it was difficult to pass and then hold onto the position if you had made a pass. I got bullied a bit and made a couple of mistakes so rolled off a bit to bring the bike home.”
The Superstock class (BSB STK) race was held in wet and tricky conditions – and ended with two podium finishes for the BMW S 1000 RR. Chrissy Rouse (GBR / Mission Racing) was second, closely followed by Michael Rutter (GBR / Bathams SMT) in third. In addition, four more BMW racers came home with the top 10: Tom Tunstall (GBR / Integro) was sixth, Dean Hipwell (GBR / CDH Racing) seventh, Barry Teasdale (GBR / Bob Henderson Racing) eighth and Matej Smrz (CZE / Lloyd & Jones PR Racing) ninth. Tyco BMW rider Ian Hutchinson (GBR) struggled with wrong tyre choice and had to settle with 14th.
Ian Hutchinson : “It was worth the gamble, but didn’t pay off, but in hindsight, none of the leading championship contenders scored significant points either, so it hasn’t really affected the championship table. It’s now road racing time with the NW200 and TT on the horizon, but we remain in good shape in the Superstock 1000 class in British championship and will look to return with a strong podium finish at Knockhill in June.”