Danny Buchan deprived of win as weather intervenes for Morello Racing star

Danny Buchan leads Richard Cooper at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay

Danny Buchan leads Richard Cooper at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Oulton Park hosted round three of the British Superbike Championships and Norfolk's teams did very well overall but once again the weather played a big part in the end results.

Danny Buchan leads Richard Cooper at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay

Danny Buchan leads Richard Cooper at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

Bowthorpe's Morello Racing's Danny Buchan was flying on the team's Kawasaki ZX10-RR despite a crash in qualifying and heading for a certain victory in the Superstock 1000 class. However, when some riders indicated there were spots of rain the red flag came out for the second time in three rounds and Buchan was forced to do it all over again in a nine lap re-run and this time he thought he had a machine problem and pulled in.

The re-run was a gamble on tyres as the rain had stopped but it was declared a wet race.

Morello's other rider Fraser Rogers went for dry tyres and it looked like the right decision because, although James Rispoli took the lead as they went into Lodge, a few laps in it was Rogers who came out leading and set about consolidating it.

Just as it was looking like Morello would still get the win the rain came and Rogers slipped back through the field as he tried to cope with the tricky conditions.

Grant Newstead in action at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay

Grant Newstead in action at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant


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RAF Regular and Reserve rider Jordan Weaving really got to grips with his Kawasaki and took a very impressive fifth place from 40th on the grid, the fastest lap went to Rogers.

In the main Superbike class Jake Dixon put last year's crash behind him and qualified sixth on the RAF Regular and Reserve Superbike.

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In race one he fought a fierce battle trading paint to take a very impressive 10th place.

Unfortunately Dixon crashed at Old Hall in race two while battling with Dan Linfoot but this time without injury.

Grant Newstead in action at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay

Grant Newstead in action at Oulton Park. Picture: Barry Clay - Credit: Archant

In the Superstock 600 Thetford's Ryan Dixon just gets better.

With a new bike, and now setting up his own team, he was right up in the points with a very impressive fifth place.

Norwich's Grant Newstead finally got his season off to a start and brought the Tinklers Yamaha home in 20th place.

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