Tommy Hill benefitted from a crash for John Hopkins to take victory in race one at Oulton Park on Sunday, with torrential rain preventing any further racing.

Polesitter Hopkins lost the lead early on to Shane 'Shakey' Byrne but regained the advantage on lap four. But no sooner had he returned to the front, the Crescent Suzuki man slid off at Lodge corner, ironically the same bend that saw Hill's title hopes evaporate last year.

This time he was the beneficiary, as he took up second in the queue behind the safety car, but the Swan Yamaha rider stormed into the lead moments after the green flags returned and waltzed off into the distance.

Hill now four victories to his name this year, more than any other rider and admitted that Sunday's was the most challenging of them all.

“The win was just what we needed, and it was a case of using all of the grip we could get. I had to keep my concentration and just make sure I didn’t crash. I think the team probably wanted me to slow down but I just didn’t want to lose that win.”

Former leader Byrne was struggling in the tricky conditions and fell into the clutches of Josh Brookes and Michael Rutter, who were both able to deprive the championship leader of a place on the podium in the latter stages. Rutter's move came at the very last corner of the race with Byrne crossing the finish line 0.086s behind the Ducati in fourth.

Gary Mason took a strong fifth for MSS Colchester Kawasaki after edging out Michael Laverty with the Motorpoint Yamahas of Loris Baz and James Westmoreland taking seventh and eighth.

Jon Kirkham finished ninth in the sole remaining Crescent Suzuki while Scott Smart finished an outstanding tenth, claiming the mirror.co.uk EVO class win in the process. Another surprise came in the form of Ryuichi Kiyonari, as the Oulton Park specialist took a solitary point for 15th.

The rain intensified as the afternoon continued and after several inspections of the circuit race officials decided on safety grounds that no further racing was possible.  The outstanding Superbike race has been rescheduled to be held at Cadwell Park over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

 

Race One Result (15 Laps):

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Time/Gap
1 Tommy Hill GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 28:36.674
2 Josh Brookes AUS Suzuki Relentless Suzuki by TAS +5.492
3 Michael Rutter GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati +5.669
4 Shane Byrne GBR Honda HM Plant Honda +5.755
5 Gary Mason GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki +6.789
6 Michael Laverty GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha +7.128
7 Loris Baz FRA Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha +13.055
8 James Westmoreland GBR Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha +18.699
9 Jon Kirkham GBR Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing +18.960
10 Scott Smart (E) GBR Ducati Moto Rapido Ducati +21.619
11 James Ellison GBR Honda Team Sorrymate.com +21.785
12 Glen Richards (E) AUS Honda Team WFR +22.338
13 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki +25.998
14 Chris Walker GBR Kawasaki Pr1mo Racing +26.858
15 Ryuichi Kiyonari JAP Honda HM Plant Honda +29.974
16 Graeme Gowland (E) GBR Honda Team WFR +35.255
17 Jake Zemke (E) USA Honda Team WFR +36.438
18 Hudson Kennaugh (E) RSA Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport +47.262
19 Barry Burrell (E) GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad +1:02.560
20 Dan Kneen (E) GBR Kawasaki Marks Bloom Racing +1:04.843
21 Matteo Mossa (E) ITA Suzuki 777RR Motorsport +1:25.057
22 Aaron Zanotti (E) GBR BMW Quattro Plant Spike Racing +1:40.214
23 James Hillier (E) GBR Kawasaki Bournemouth Kawasaki Racing +2 Laps
Not Classified
Joshua Day (E) GBR Kawasaki AIR Racing Two Brothers Kawasaki +6 Laps
Martin Jessopp GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati +10 Laps
John Hopkins USA Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing +11 Laps
Karl Harris GBR Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport +11 Laps
Ian Lowry GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad +12 Laps
Peter Hickman GBR Honda Tyco Honda +14 Laps
Patric Muff (E) SWI Honda Tyco Honda +15 Laps
Did Not Start
John Laverty GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad Injured

 

Riders Championship (After Round 7: Oulton Park)

Pos Rider Nat Bike Team Wins Points
1 Shane Byrne GBR Honda HM Plant Honda 3 214
2 John Hopkins USA Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 2 182
3 Tommy Hill GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 4 165
4 Michael Laverty GBR Yamaha Swan Yamaha 1 129
5 Ryuichi Kiyonari JAP Honda HM Plant Honda 2 121
6 Josh Brookes AUS Suzuki Relentless Suzuki by TAS   111
(Top Six After Round 9 Qualify for Championship Showdown)
7 Jon Kirkham GBR Suzuki Samsung Crescent Racing 1 91
8 Gary Mason GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki   90
9 Stuart Easton GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki   89
10 Loris Baz FRA Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha   88
11 Michael Rutter GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati   88
12 Peter Hickman GBR Honda Tyco Honda   85
13 Chris Walker GBR Kawasaki Pr1mo Racing   64
14 Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Team Sorrymate.com   49
15 James Westmoreland GBR Yamaha Motorpoint Yamaha   47
16 Alex Lowes GBR Kawasaki MSS Colchester Kawasaki   42
17 Martin Jessopp GBR Ducati Rapid Solicitors-Bathams Ducati   41
18 Tommy Bridewell GBR Honda Tyco Honda   33
19 Glen Richards (E) AUS Honda Team WFR   27
20 Ian Lowry GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   9
21 Steve Brogan GBR Honda Jentin Racing Honda   8
22 Simon Andrews (E) GBR Kawasaki Buy-Force.com PR Racing Kawasaki   8
23 Scott Smart (E) GBR Ducati Moto Rapido Ducati   8
24 John Laverty GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   6
25 Jake Zemke (E) USA Honda Team WFR   6
26 Hudson Kennaugh (E) RSA Aprilia Splitlath Motorsport   5
27 Barry Burrell (E) GBR BMW Buildbase BMW Motorrad   5
28 James Ellison GBR Honda Team Sorrymate.com 5
29 Patric Muff (E) SWI Honda Tyco Honda   2
30 Tom Tunstall (E) GBR BMW Doodson Motorsport   1
31 Graeme Gowland (E) GBR Honda Team WFR   1