BSB - round 4 qual 1

Todays practice sessions at Oulton Park for the fourth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship sees Leon Haslam (Ducati) at the top of the pack. He is followed by Jonathan Rea (Honda), Shane Byrne (Honda) and Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati).

Although Suzuki's Cal Crutchlow cites Oulton Park as one of his favourite circuits he only managed ninth quickest lap time, just one second from pace setter Haslam.

Crutchlow, who has won races in the junior categories at the picturesque and flowing 2.69-mile long circuit, was relaxed and confident as he tested settings and tyres on his Rizla Suzuki, in warm, dry conditions.

Chris Walker, coming off a podium finish at the previous round at Silverstone, was a little behind his team mate in 11th as he got to grips with a number of set-up changes on his Rizla Suzuki.

There is one more practice session tomorrow before qualification. Superbike racing starts at 1300 on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7th, at the Cheshire circuit.

Cal Crutchlow : "I think I could've gone a fair bit faster but was held up by traffic on quite a few laps; but that isn't a major concern as I still managed some useful testing on my Rizla Suzuki. We tried a couple of minor changes to the engine management and the air bypass system to help with the braking. I've also tried three different Dunlop tyres for race pace. I've asked my mechanics for some additional rear braking power to help control wheelying over Oulton's high-speed crests and that should help tomorrow."

Chris Walker : "We tried a few new settings including adjusting the ride height and rear shock absorbers. It came together towards the end of the day and although I didn't make it into the top 10, I think my bike is better than where we started from. I have the feel I want from the rear of my GSX-R but could do with more consistency and control at the front - that's what we'll be aiming for tomorrow."

BSB Practice Times
Oulton Park, Cheshire

1. Leon Haslam (Ducati) 1:35.871
2. Jonathan Rea (Honda) +0.003
3. Shane Byrne (Honda) +0.140
4. Gregorio Lavilla (Ducati) +0.290
5. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Honda) +0.473
6. Tom Sykes (Honda) +0.502
7. Tommy Hill (Yamaha) +0.620
8. Karl Harris (Honda) +0.782
9. Cal Crutchlow (Suzuki) +1.030
10. Leon Camier (Honda) +1.044
11. Chris Walker (Suzuki) +1.740

2007 BSB calendar

Round 1. Brands Hatch GP April 7/8/9
Round 2. Thruxton April 13/14/15
Round 3. Silverstone April 27/28/29
Round 4. Oulton Park May 5/6/7
Round 5. Snetterton May 18/19/20
Round 6. Mondello Park June 15/16/17
Round 7. Knockhill June 29/30/1
Round 8. Oulton Park July 13/14/15
Round 9. Mallory Park July 20/21/22
Round 10. Croft August 10/11/12
Round 11. Cadwell Park August 25/26/27
Round 12. Donington Park September 21/22/23
Round 13. Brands Hatch Indy October 12/13/14

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