Superbikes - Oulton BSB: Francis takes his first Motostar victory

WD40 Racing's Joe Francis stormed to his first Monster Energy Motostar victory of the season in the sunshine of Oulton Park, holding off Tarran Mackenzie on the last lap who stormed through from the back of the grid. Tom Carne was the first 125 machine home, extending his championship lead.

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Oulton BSB: Francis takes his first Motostar victory

RS Racing's Joe Irving took the holeshot on this KTM Moto3 but he was quickly joined at the front by Francis and Carne as the trio began to move away from the gaggle of riders behind them. The trio swapped places lap after lap, corner after corner, which played into the hands of Red Bull Rookie rider Tarran Mackenzie.

Mackenzie was fourth at the half way mark and chasing down the three second gap ahead of him. And the young Scotsman, who flew over from Jerez overnight to participate in the race, eventually caught and passed Carne, which left the three Moto3 machines to battle for the lead.

Irving then experienced difficulties with an arm pump and dropped backwards leaving Mackenzie and Francis to battle it out on the last lap. Redline KTM's Mackenzie fought hard for an opening but couldn't move past the WD40 backed rider and Francis held on take victory by just 0.055 of a second ahead of Mackenzie, with Irving third. Mancunian Carne took the 125 victory, ahead of e3 Motorsport's Arnie Shelton and the winner of the Thruxton round, Peter Sutherland.

Repli-Cast Racing's Paul Jordan came through in seventh overall, with Callum Bey beating Ed Rendell in the battle for eighth by just 0.049 of a second. SP125's Elliot Lodge rounded out the top ten.

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