Oulton Park Sept 2019

Hello and welcome to Alex’s Blog – as its a J&S sponsored riders result blog this is a guest blog by Dan, our resident BSB superfan, at our Leeds store.

Hi everyone, here’s my round up of this weekends action which came from Oulton Park. Oulton Park is only a few miles away from our flag ship store J&S Oakmere. So plenty of support for the J&S backed riders.

There were 3 races for the superbike class this weekend with it being the final round to decide the top 6 riders who will be fighting it out for the title at the end of the year. Unfortunately no J&S riders in the top 6 this year but still points and race wins up for grabs.

Billy’s shoulder fracture.

Bad luck right from the start of the weekend for Billy McConnell who was once again stepping up to the Superbike class for the weekend. A crash in free practice 2 resulted in a fractured collar bone!!! This comes after his emergency appendix surgery and an infection since. He has had it plated and we wish him the best. Get well soon Billy!!

We had Josh Owens making his debut in the Superbike class this weekend on the Kawasaki ZX10.

Josh Owens at Oulton park
Josh Owens in action at Oulton Park

Glenn Irwin was racing in his new Frank Thomas Airbag Suit in the Tyco colours and has ditched the Stealth Mode Qualifier suit!! It was also Joe Francis’ home round so no pressure there!!

Glenn Irwin in his brand new Frank Thomas D-Air Tyco BMW leather suit
Glenn Irwin in his brand spanking new Frank Thomas Tyco BMW leather suit

In qualifying Josh was taking his time to adapt to his new bike and started the first race from 22nd place on the grid. Ben Currie made it into Q2 and just missed out on a top 10 starting place and started from 13th. Joe Francis also made it into Q2 and started the first race in 16th. Glenn Irwin made it into the final session of qualifying and started the race from 6th place on the grid!! Josh, Joe and Ben all moved up one grid position due to a grid penalty given to Andrew Irwin.

Joe Francis at Oulton Park
Joe Francis at Oulton Park

The first race was red flagged after 4 laps so a shorter race distance and restart meant that grid positions were taken from the end of lap 2. Glenn started the restart from 18th after running wide in the first part of the race which dropped him down the field. Josh came 20th, Joe 16th and Ben 13th.

The race restarted and there was action all through the field. Josh made steady progress up the field and gained a few places before having to retire due to damage caused by being hit by another bike, which meant that Josh had to sit out the rest of the weekend, which was a disappointment for him and his team. He did fantastic for his first time on the superbike.

Ben Currie held a points scoring position all race and had a fantastic result by finishing in 11th place.

Ben Currie at Oulton Park
Ben Currie in action at Oulton Park

Glenn had work to do and set about it right from the restart, picking off rider after rider, he managed to work his way up 7th place and another top 10 finish.

But it was the home rider Joe Francis who secured his first ever Superbike points and crossed the line in 15th place.

Joe Francis Oulton Park
Joe Francis at Oulton Park

In race 2 Ben had to retire due to having a problem with the arm pump which made it difficult for him to ride the bike after a certain distance. Glenn ran wide after a safety car period and ran off track, he managed to grab the last point in the race with a 15th place finish. Joe rode well and kept out of trouble to score even more points and finished in 13th!!!

The final BSB race of the weekend and more points for 2 of the J&S backed riders. Ben Currie stuggled with his arm pump once again but managed to finish the race in 17th place but just outside the points. Joe again made it 3 from 3 and scored the last point in the race with a 15th place finish! A great weekend for Joe on his home turf and 3 points finishes, a brilliant way to start the final few rounds of the season. Glenn secured a top 5 finish by crossing the line in 5th place. This was Glenn’s best finish of the season so far and the fortunes may be changing for the BMW rider – heres hoping!

Glenn Irwin Wheelie at Oulton Park
Glenn Irwin “Wheelie” excited by his performance at Oulton Park. Ahem.

In the Supersport and GP2 class we had Ross Twyman making a return after sitting out the previous round. This time he was on the GP2 machine covering for the injured Jamie Perrin.

In qualifying Ross was 15th overall and 4th in the GP 2 class. He managed to improve his lap time by 1.6 seconds!! In the shorter sprint race Ross was gaining more pace and confidence on the new bike and crossed the line in 14th overall but was the 4th GP2 bike to cross the line, once again improving his lap times for the second race of the weekend.

Ross Twyman at Oulton Park
Ross Twyman at Oulton Park this weekend

The longer feature race saw Ross again improve in position and lap times, he managed to finish 11th overall and 4th in the GP2 class. It could have been a podium finish for Ross but he made a small mistake on the final lap and just missed out on 3rd in class by 0.2 of a second!! Overall a fantastic performance after a hiatus.

In Superstock 1000 action the J&S camp had Joe Collier and the 2 Aprilia’s of Lewis Rollo and Levi Day. In qualifying the J&S backed riders were all in a line. First up was Levi Day in 9th place, closely followed by team mate Lewis Rollo in 10th with Joe Collier the 3rd rider of the group in 11th position. The 3 riders were covered by 0.3 of a second!!

Joe Collier at Oulton Park
Joe Collier in action

In the first race of the weekend Joe secured his best finish of the season so far with a 7th place. Levi Day crossed the line in 9th to match his starting place. Team mate Lewis Rollo scored the best finish of the J&S backed riders with a top 5 finish coming home in 5th place.

The second race of the weekend for the Superstock riders and Joe was taken out by another rider which meant sadly his points scoring run came to an abrupt end. Levi Day scored another top 10 finish and more points by coming home in 9th place,  Lewis Rollo again scored more championship points by coming home in 7th place.

Lewis Rollo in action at Oulton Park
Lewis Rollo bossing it at Oulton Park

In Superstock 600 we had Taylor Moreton and Louis Valleley racing this weekend. Taylor got caught out in qualifying with the changing weather conditions, he started the first race of the weekend in 24th place. Louis faired a little better and started from 12th position.

In the first race Louis gained 4 places and crossed the line in 8th place, but it was Taylor who stormed through the field and gained 14 places to finish the same race in 10th position.

Louis Valleley in action at Oulton Park
Louis Valleley

The second race of the weekend and bad luck struck Taylor as he was taken out by another rider when he was in 2nd place!! Louis crossed the line in 9th place and in the top 10 once again. We had Caolan Irwin wearing a Frank Thomas Qualifier suit in the second race of the weekend and he crossed the line in 12th place to add more points to his total.

Taylor Moreton at Oulton Park
Taylor Moreton at Oulton Park

The final class where we had riders was the Junior Supersport. A mixed weekend for both Joe Duggan and Zak Shelton. Joe qualified in 28th place with Zak just behind in 31st. The first of 3 races saw Joe finish in 32nd with Zak having a small crash on lap 3. Better results in the 2nd race with Zak coming home in 23rd with Joe in 28th. In the final race it was Joe who suffered with a DNF and Zak crossing the line just outside the top 20 with a 21st place finish.

That’s all for this weekend. The championship now moves on to Holland, with the next round coming from the legendry Assen Circuit. Not all the classes will be in action at Assen as the Superstock class have a small break. The next round takes place over the weekend of 20th-21st-22nd of September.

Until next time thanks for reading.