BSB: Round 2 - Brands Hatch
Brands Hatch Indy: A Plethora of Podiums for JG Speedfit Kawasaki
After the exciting and unpredictable start to the championship at the Donnington Park, the second round of the MCE British Superbike championship was always going to be highly contested, at Kent’s Indy Circuit, the racing exceeded expectations, throwing up many surprises and confirming that for 2017, BSB is going to be more competitive than ever.
Pro-Bolt Sponsored JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider Luke Mossey managed to not only snatch his first ever race victory in Race One, but went on to obtain the elusive double win, coming into his own in the second race, and even passing the last race weekend’s victor and close team mate, Leon Haslam. Had Leon not lost a place to Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon on lap 9, it would have rounded off what could have almost been a perfect weekend for the ZX-10R powered team.
- The Battle for First - Haslam, Mossey, Iddon -
After missing out at Round 1 in Donnington due to suspected concussion, home hero and reigning BSB champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne was back out to make an impression, and to battle towards the front of the grid, regaining some points back from championship leader Haslam.
Chasing down the pocket rocket, a last second pass on the inside at Surtees saw Byrne force Haslam to momentarily drop out of the top three, only for the local rider to wash out the front of his Panigale and tumble out of the race in exactly the same place his teammate, Glen Irwin had crashed out not two laps before; leaving the Be Wiser Ducati team with two riders and two bikes in the kitty litter, and out of contention for this round of the Superbike Championship.
James Ellison was also one to have a less than favourable weekend. After positive testing and leading the pack in both Qualifying and Warm-Up times, the pole-sitter was leading Mossey and Haslam aboard his McAMS Yamaha YZF-R1, edging out a small advantage in the early stages of the opening race, only to see his hard graft ended with a crash at Druids on the twelfth lap.
Josh Brookes of Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha, won the battle of the Australians by ambushing Jason O'Halloran and his Fireblade SP for fourth place, just meters from the line. However the Honda Racing rider managed to snatch fifth place ahead of his team-mate Dan Linfoot who emerged ahead after battling with Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman. Honda’s best positions of the season so far.
- Peter Hickman - Smiths Racing BMW - Josh Brooks - Anvil TAG Yamaha -
BSB Rookie Bradley Ray claimed his first top ten finish of the season in eighth place, with Moto Rapido Ducati's John Hopkins placing valiantly in ninth, despite an aggravating broken foot sustained in Round 1, with former World Superbike Champion Sylvain Guintoli in tenth on his Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000.
It is quite clear, after only two rounds, that the 2017 MCE British Superbike Championship is almost anybody’s game. Unpredictable crashes, amazing surprise performances and extremely close racing, has ensured that the field is still completely open, and in these early days, while the riders are still finding their rhythm and the teams develop and hone their machines; it’s anybody’s guess who will come out on top. This year is going to be a big one.
All eyes forward to Oulton Park.
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