Gloucester-based Smiths Racing BMW team enjoyed a strong third round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship at Oulton Park today with Lee Jackson getting his first points on the board.
Jackson again made good strides forward over the course of the weekend and his efforts were rewarded with his first points of the season. Starting the first race from 19th on the grid, the 21 year old made good progress throughout the race and finished in 15th to take a hard earned point.
Jackson found himself battling with a large group of riders for a top ten placing before settling for 13th position at the flag to claim his best result of the season.
Lee Jackson: “It’s my first points of the year and we’ve made some definite improvements to the bike so we’re going in the right direction. P13 and P15 isn’t where I want to be so the next step is to get into the top ten again like I have been before. I’ve been trying to make the bike feel like the one I rode in 2016 and make it more consistent and we’re definitely getting there. I had good mid-race pace on each occasion but did lose a bit of durability whilst a mistake on the last lap allowed Smrz to pip me for 12th. The improvements the team have made have been in the right direction and we’re getting closer to the top ten.”
Rebecca Smith, Team Manager: “Peter scored some good points again but such is the closeness of the championship, he’s gone from fifth to eighth in the table despite two fine rides. He’s consistently running with the top group so we’re happy with how he’s riding and together with the team, he’s continually moving forward and getting quicker. He can now look forward to the road racing season with a lot of confidence. It was great to see Lee score his first points of the season and he’s made a lot of progress with the bike, both on the track with the bike and off it with his confidence. He’s getting closer to where we all know he can be so our plan is to get a test lined up before the next round at Knockhill to give him every chance of finishing in the top ten.”
MCE British Superbike Championship race one (18 laps)
1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
2 Shane Byrne (Ducati)
3 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
4 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
5 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
6 James Ellison (Yamaha)
15 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)
MCE British Superbike Championship race two (18 laps)
1 Shane Byrne (Ducati)
2 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)
3 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
4 Christian Iddon (BMW)
5 Luke Mossey (Kawasaki)
6 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
7 Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)
13 Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW)
Championship Standings (after three rounds)
1 Haslam 111 pts
2 Mossey 108
3 Iddon 86
4 Brookes 67
5 Irwin 63
6 O’Halloran 61
8 Hickman 57
20 Jackson 4
Round four of the MCE British Superbike Championship takes place at Knockhill over the weekend of 16/18 June and for further information, please visit www.smithsracing.co.uk and www.britishsuperbike.com.
Pictures courtesy of Jon Jessop Photography: Peter Hickman (60) and Lee Jackson (14) in action at Oulton Park.