OULTON: LAVILLA TAKES TWO

Gregorio Lavilla took the win in the final Bennetts British Superbike race of the day at Oulton Park, but his win was overshadowed by the decision over who was to be awarded third place after an incident between Shane Byrne and Jonathan Rea on lap 17.

Both riders were inseparable on the final lap of the race and were so close that when they approached the Knickerbrook chicane the pair touched, Byrne was able to brake in time for the corner but Rea went across the grass and rejoined the track.

When the race finished the pair were under investigation to decide as to whom would be awarded third place, as the Rizla Suzuki team felt that Rea had gained an advantage from the mistake.

When the podium celebrations took place Rea took his position on the podium, his first podium in BSB. He said: “I knew exactly what would happen when we came back into Pit Lane. We touched, but the way I see it I never gained an advantage.”

The action started before the lights went green as Haslam was forced to abandon his Airwaves Ducati on the warm up lap. He ran back to the garage to collect his spare machine but was forced to start from the pit lane. He battled through from the back of the pack and finished in seventh place.

The Stobart Motorsport Honda of Michael Rutter led the pack on lap one and stayed there until Lavilla made his move at Hizzys Chicane. Lavilla then stayed at the front, closely shadowed by the HM Plant Honda of Karl Harris.

Harris left it until the final lap to make his move on the Spaniard; passing him at Old Hall but Lavilla was not going to settle for second and passed Harris on the run down the Avenue.

The last chance for Harris to take the win was at Lodge- he made his move down the inside of the reigning champion, but on the run up to the line Lavilla powered the Ducati past Harris. This now leaves him with a 61-point advantage in the championship.

Lavilla said: “I am pretty sure that all the teams are closer to us now, I had to work very hard. I played my cards right, I had the experience from last year which helped.”

Shane Byrne was awarded fourth at the end of the race ahead of Ryuichi Kiyonari and Michael Rutter. The second Rizla Suzuki of James Haydon fell on lap one with Dean Thomas at Shell Oils corner.

Bennetts British Superbike Race 2 Provisional Result

1 Gregorio Lavilla (Airwaves Ducati)
2 Karl Harris (HM Plant Honda)
3 Jonathan Rea (Red Bull Honda)
4 Shane Byrne (Rizla Suzuki)
5 Ryuichi Kiyonari (HM Plant Honda)
6 Michael Rutter (Stobart Motorsport Honda)
7 Leon Halsam (Airwaves Ducati)
8 Tommy Hill (Virgin Mobile Yamaha)
9 Glen Richards (Hydrex Honda)
10 Ben Wilson (Vivaldi Racing)


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