Jake Dixon took the win in the opening British Superbike race at a very wet Oulton Park.
Jake Dixon converted his pole position to a win in a soaked opening race at Oulton Park.
The race got delayed after PBM Ducati’s Glenn Irwin stalled on the line forcing the Irishman to start last, promoting Haslam up the order.
Starting on the front row, it was Bridewell who took the early lead pulling away from the RAF Kawasaki in the opening half of the race.
Leon Haslam from the back row made up ground but Glenn Irwin couldn’t perform the same heroics as he struggled to find the grip.
Josh Brookes departed early, whilst his teammate was left to fend of Haslam who made the pass into the final corner.
On lap 8 Dixon passed Bridewell for the lead of the race and immediately started putting time between them.
Haslam meanwhile was in a squabble with Ray, who later made a mistake at the final corner just staying on his Suzuki.
Haslam then launched an attack on Tyco BMW’s Laverty and a very sideways Andrew Irwin. Once the Pocket Rocket slipped passed the pair, he set off for O’Halloran who was sat in the final podium spot whilst a determined Andrew Irwin followed the Kawasaki.
Leon made his pass on the penultimate lap diving up the inside at the final corner and was shortly followed by Andrew who made a hard pass at Shell Oils.
But it was Dixon who crossed the line to win the opening race ahead of Bridewell and Haslam whilst the Irwin brothers came home in 4th and 12th.
Laverty got the better of O’Halloran on the final corner demoting the Honda to 6th.
Race 2 starts at 15:35 local time.
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