The stage in BSB continues to rise after one other extremely entertaining spherical at Oulton Park threw up a maiden winner, while one other rider claimed his first victory in 4 years.
There was additionally a change for the championship lead after Glenn Irwin was unable to back-up his Silverstone hat-trick with a high 5.
5 – BSB is a younger man’s sport…
While the championship has beforehand been dominated by extra skilled riders – 2021 champion Tarran Mackenzie turned solely the third rider to win the title beneath the age of 30 since 2012 – a shift has seemingly taken place in 2022.
Yes, riders like Glenn Irwin and Tommy Bridewell are very a lot in competition this 12 months, as we anticipate Jason O’Halloran and maybe a pair extra to be because the season goes on, nonetheless, there’s little question about who the championship’s high three riders have been to this point.
Bradley Ray, Kyle Ryde and Rory Skinner have by far been probably the most constant riders to start the season, and if not for arm pump points in the course of the ultimate two races at Oulton – nonetheless completed fourth in race two – then Ryde may have claimed one other double podium.
For Ray, the Yamaha rider seems again to his chic finest as he took over the championship lead from Irwin.
Skinner however is the one rider to complete within the high 5 of each race to this point this season, a monumental achievement given the aggressive area.
4 – Leon Haslam is again!
After a tricky opening spherical at Silverstone, Haslam confirmed simply why he was topped champion in 2018 after utilizing his expertise to outfox Ryde and Skinner for a race two podium.
With his newly-built ZX10-RR nonetheless not the place it must be, there’s an argument Haslam received extra out of his machine than he ought to have, making his Oulton efficiency a really sturdy one.
Also excellent news for Haslam is that Kawasaki appears to be extraordinarily aggressive throughout completely different groups this season – completed final 12 months as the one producer on the grid to not win a race, one thing that’s already modified.
3 – Can Sykes, MCE Ducati pull by means of their troublesome begin?
While we’ve listed Tom Sykes as the principle rider right here, team-mate Josh Brookes stays off form other than a robust qualifying within the moist and race one.
The Australian took benefit of tough circumstances and his huge quantities of success round Oulton to qualify fourth, a place he maintained in Saturday’s 14 lap race.
But come Monday’s longer races, Brookes began to float backwards as he may solely handle eighth and tenth.
For Sykes, it was one other weekend to overlook as an absence of tempo was obvious early on. The former WorldSBK champion stays with no high ten end in six races.
Trying to stay constructive, Sykes stated this following Oulton Park: “It’s been a little bit challenging this weekend but at least we now understand some of the parameters much clearer, so we have a good idea of what changes we need to make to the MCE Ducati
“The laps in qualifying were the very first ones I’ve done on the bike in the wet and we had a great feeling, but with the information we’ve gained at both the test and in the three races, we have a positive direction in which to go.
“I’m expecting we can find a big improvement for the next round at Donington Park.”
2 – Lee Jackson has arrived after claiming his maiden BSB win
Despite a poor qualifying, Jackson confirmed unbelievable race tempo all through the weekend with a view to make victory in race three an actual risk.
fifteenth on the grid, Jackson completed race one in ninth earlier than a superb effort in race two noticed him clinch second. But it was race three the place Jackson produced the perfect efficiency of his profession.
The FS-3 Kawasaki rider, who was third for a lot of the race, adopted Bridewell carefully because the Ducati rider closed down a dominant-looking Ray.
With the win then in sight, Jackson produced back-to-back overtakes on laps 13 and 14 earlier than streaking away from the chasing duo.
Consistency will little question be wanted with a view to carry ahead a title problem, as would be the case if he needs to match team-mate Skinner, nonetheless, ought to he achieve this then it’s clear that Jackson has the tempo wanted.
1 – Is Ray the BSB title favorite after his Oulton double?
After a superb first spherical at Silverstone aboard R1 equipment, Ray regarded much more formidable as he largely dominated spherical two.
Two wins – his first in 4 years – whereas additionally setting new lap document after new lap document in race conditions was a transparent indication that Ray is able to turn out to be a severe title problem.
With the Brit nonetheless younger sufficient to discover a approach in WorldSBK, Ray is displaying his potential simply on the proper time. Like team-mate Ryde, Ray struggled together with his proper arm in race three which no doubt price him victory.
But with that stated, 5 podiums from six races, two wins and the championship lead on a motorbike he had beforehand by no means rode earlier than pre-season testing, is a really, superb return.