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BSB – Byrne and Haslam share the spoils at Brands

British Superbike Championship
Three different winners have already celebrated victory in the opening four races of the 2018 BSB championship as defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and fierce title rival Leon Haslam shared the wins in a hectic second round at the Brands Hatch Indy circuit in Kent.

Home hero Byrne had been gunning to return to the top step after 20-year-old Bradley Ray completed a double victory at the season opener. The Be Wiser Ducati rider started alongside him on the grid, and the six-time champion became embroiled in a race-long battle with his local rival in the opening clash of the day.

Ray had produced a lightning start off the line to lead Byrne and Haslam on the opening lap as the Buildbase Suzuki rider led the freight train of riders. The leading pair was soon edging ahead at the front of the pack as the local heroes battled for race one supremacy.

Meanwhile Haslam in third place was coming under fire from the chasing trio of Jason O’Halloran, Christian Iddon and Michael Laverty, who had all been locked in a grudge match to close the gap on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider in third place.

O’Halloran was able to make a decisive move to edge into third place on Lap 14 and the Honda Racing contender held off a counter attack from Haslam in the closing stages with Iddon completing the top five for Tyco BMW.

Jake Dixon moved his way up the order to sixth position, just ahead of Glenn Irwin and Laverty, who dropped to eighth in the closing stages of the race with Tommy Bridewell and Peter Hickman completing the top ten.

Race One winner Bryne said: “Bradley did such a good job in the beginning of race one. I wanted to have a little bit of a battle with him and for us two to have some fun out front. I was looking at my pit board and could see that he and I were pulling away from the rest of the pack and after maybe 15 or 20 laps I thought ‘should I go now?’

“There was one point on the track where he was particularly strong and I didn’t want it to be a last lap lunge at the last corner so he couldn’t get back past but at the same time I didn’t want to give him too many opportunities to have a stab back at me.

“So when he made his mistake at Paddock I pounced, promptly followed by making a mistake at probably my strongest corner on the track and losing the rear. He did such a good job to be honest that all I had to do was hang on to him without trying to use too much of my tyres and I think towards the end there I was definitely in a slightly stronger position.

“I’m happy with the win – the first win of the year – and he’s been a bit greedy so far! It was a great race. He did a good job and made my race a lot easier.”

However Race Two saw the JG Speedfit Kawasaki celebrate their first victory of the season with Haslam, as the ‘Pocket Rocket’ mastered the damp conditions to become the third different race winner, holding off the attack from Irwin and Laverty to have the edge by just 0.367s at the chequered flag.

Ray had taken the advantage at the start of the race, leading the field into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time ahead of Haslam, Dixon, Byrne and Iddon, but the race was red flagged on the seventh lap when rain began to fall.

On the restart Haslam took the advantage off the line from Richard Cooper and Iddon with Dixon in close contention.

It wasn’t long before Haslam and Cooper began to trade blows as the pair continued to swap places in their quest to remain at the head of the field.

By Lap Three Cooper was ahead and Haslam wasn’t giving in, but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was soon under attack from Dixon, who moved ahead before the ‘Pocket Rocket’ repaid the move.

Cooper’s race ended prematurely as he crashed out at Clearways on the seventh lap, ending his hopes of making amends for his race one slide off.

At the front Haslam had the lead, but Laverty closed in and made a move with a dive down the inside into Paddock Hill Bend on the ninth lap to take the advantage for Tyco BMW.

Dixon was fighting to move up the order, but the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki rider crashed out unhurt at Graham Hill Bend.

Laverty had the edge, but Irwin was closing in and moved ahead of Haslam. Irwin made a decisive pass at Druids to capture the lead on with two laps to go, but on the final lap he had a moment which gave Haslam the momentum he needed to move into the lead at Surtees and hold off his Be Wiser Ducati rival to the finish line with Laverty claiming third place, to become the fifth different podium finisher of the season.

Byrne had to settle for fourth ahead of Josh Brookes, who had a resurgent race two for McAMS Yamaha as he forced his way ahead of Iddon and championship leader Ray in the closing stages of the race.

Tommy Bridewell held off rookie Tarran Mackenzie who scored his first top ten finish in ninth place ahead of another rookie, Carl Phillips on the Gearlink Kawasaki.

Race Two winner Haslam said: “The rain helped in race two but it’s no secret I’ve not always had the best of results here on the Indy circuit, so the fourth place in race one for me I was quite happy with it. Normally I wouldn’t be, but the pace wasn’t too bad and it was one of those where it was really hard to make passes.

“We made some good changes to the bike and I was running second before the red flag and I think I got the fastest lap up to that point so the changes did work, so for me we’ve learnt quite a lot in the dry which is nice.

“And the rain, to be honest with you we just threw a setting in that we thought might work and it was just about feel and pushing and waiting for someone to brake and then I braked a little bit later.

“It was one of those races that you kind-of never wanted to end so it was so much fun and I had a real good battle with these guys and to make it pay off on that last lap, sometimes it doesn’t work out in your favour so a big thanks to Kawasaki and well done to these guys as well and we’ll move on to Oulton Park.”

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race One result:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +0.837s
  3. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +2.412s
  4. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +2.863s
  5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +5.101s
  6. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +6.673s
  7. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +7.521s
  8. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +8.037s
  9. Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +8.247s
  10. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +8.383s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two result:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
  2. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.367s
  3. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.598s
  4. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +7.733s
  5. Josh Brookes (McAMS Yamaha) +12.808s
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +13.570s
  7. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +14.263s
  8. Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +15.248s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +15.307s
  10. Carl Phillips (Gearlink Kawasaki) +23.240s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 79
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 69
  3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 65
  4. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 48
  5. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 36
  6. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 33
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BSB – Ray get pole ahead of home race at Brands Hatch

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Home contender Bradley Ray stormed to pole position in qualifying ahead of the second round of the BSB championship at Brands Hatch with a margin of 0.097s over reigning champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne.

A rapid qualifying session saw Ray and Byrne duel for the pole position ahead of tomorrow’s opening race, but the 20-year-old hotshot had the edge in the closing minutes to snatch the lead position from his Be Wiser Ducati rival.

Ray said: “To be honest, coming off what we did yesterday in free practice I was a little bit conscious of coming into today being 17th and quite far down. I got a bit worried overnight, we were chasing our tail a bit looking through data and I was getting a bit annoyed to see myself down in 17th and I didn’t know why.

“We found something this morning in free practice free and got a bit of confidence back and the bike was working fairly well. I was aiming to get on the first two rows, which is vital round the Indy circuit for the start and to make the race a little bit easier for yourself, but to come away at Brands with a pole is unbelievable and to do a 44′ as well is something special.

“Tomorrow is race day, it’s all about tomorrow. If we can get a good start and have a good race then we’ll see where we are at the end.”

Veteran James Ellison had continued his momentum from free practice to force his way up the order into third place for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team, pushing Michael Laverty on the leading Tyco BMW back onto the second row.

Leon Haslam had been moving up the order during the final stages of Q3 but he had to settle for fifth place as JG Speedfit Kawasaki became the fifth different team and manufacturer to feature in the top five.

The ‘Pocket Rocket’ was narrowly ahead of Tommy Bridewell, who had been the early pace setter for the Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki team, and Jake Dixon for the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki team.

Honda Racing had a high-pressure start to their Q3 after Jason O’Halloran crashed out at Druids in the final moments of the Q2 session. He was able to return to the garage and the team worked hard to turn the Fireblade around to get the ‘O’Show’ back on circuit.

The hard work paid off and the Australian was able to head out for Q3 to qualify in eighth position, just ahead of Tarran Mackenzie who was the highest placed McAMS Yamaha in ninth place.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Datatag Qualifying:

  1. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) 44.997s
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +0.097s
  3. James Ellison (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.148s
  4. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +0.318s
  5. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.321s
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Movuno.com Halsall Racing Suzuki) +0.394s
  7. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +0.453s
  8. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +0.530s
  9. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +0.866s

BSB – Guintoli becomes tenth different race winner as Haslam holds the advantage ahead of Brands

MCE British Superbike Championship

Sylvain Guintoli celebrated his first victory of the in a race two thriller at Assen as Bennetts Suzuki team claimed its first victory with Josh Brookes and Leon Haslam returning to the podium ahead of the Brands Hatch title decider.

Haslam claimed the Race One victory at the Dutch track after an epic six-way scrap for supremacy with Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne scything his way through the order.

On the opening lap James Ellison lead from Haslam, Christian Iddon and Dan Linfoot, but Guintoli was soon in the mix as he moved into third on the Bennetts Suzuki at the end of the third lap.

Byrne had started 16th on the grid, but he was forcing his way through the pack and by the sixth lap was up to fifth as the leading pack of Ellison, Haslam, Guintoli and Byrne started to trade blows at the front of the field.

Guintoli hit the lead on the tenth lap as he dived ahead of Ellison with Haslam and Byrne in close contention, but the McAMS Yamaha rider wasn’t second for long as he repaid the move to reclaim the position at the front of the field.

Byrne had moved up to third as Guintoli moved back ahead of Ellison, but Haslam was determined and he moved into second before taking the lead on lap 14 to put the JG Speedfit Kawasaki back ahead. As Haslam took the lead the pack shuffled with Ellison up to second ahead of Guintoli with Byrne in fourth as Josh Brookes and Bradley Ray closed in.Haslam was edging an advantage but the fight wasn’t over until the line as Byrne made a decisive last lap move to put himself ahead of Ellison, but in turn the McAMS Yamaha rider had come under attack from Guintoli.

As Byrne held second, Ellison went for a last corner move on Guintoli to hold onto the final podium spot with the Bennetts Suzuki rider relegated to fourth ahead of Brookes and Ray.Peter Hickman held off Showdown rival Jake Dixon for seventh place with John Hopkins and Jason O’Halloran completing the top ten ahead of Linfoot, Mossey and Richard Cooper after Christian Iddon crashed out unhurt.

Race Two was just as dramatic as Byrne hit the front of the pack from Haslam and Ellison on the opening lap, with Guintoli, Brookes and Iddon in close contention. However instantly the riders were jostling for positions and by the third lap the Bennetts Suzuki of Guintoli was at the front and ahead of Haslam.

Haslam instantly fought back though to try and recapture the lead but as the pack streamed across the line for the fourth time Byrne led Ellison with Haslam and Guintoli next up with Brookes ready to make his attack.

By lap seven Ellison had edged into the lead on the McAMS Yamaha at the final chicane, but Byrne was pushing hard and two laps later he regained the position with Guintoli holding third ahead of Haslam and Brookes.

The five riders were trading blows for the positions and Haslam then moved ahead of Ellison to claim third as Guintoli then took the lead. On lap 16 the leading pack were all side by side as they entered turn one; Byrne and Haslam came off worst as they drifted wide and allowed Guintoli, Ellison and Brookes to emerge ahead.

Guintoli then held the advantage but Ellison was under attack and Haslam made a move on the penultimate lap to move second, but Brookes wasn’t done yet. The Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha rider waited until the final lap to make a pass; the Australian lunging ahead into second place to maintain second place in the overall standings.
Ellison held off Byrne who finished fifth for the Be Wiser Ducati team with Hickman edging ahead of Dixon to claim sixth place ahead of Iddon, Linfoot and Ray.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Assen, race one result:

 

Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)

 

Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.992s

 

James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +2.591s

 

Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +2.655s

 

Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +2.717s

 

Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +2.814s

 

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +7.865s

 

Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +8.210s

 

John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +11.000s

 

Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +15.666s

 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Assen, race two result:

 

Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki)

 

Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.589s

 

Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.873s

 

James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +1.315s

 

Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.410s

 

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +7.605s

 

Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) +9.221s

 

Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +9.450s

 

Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +9.502s

 

Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +15.012s

 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings:

 

Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 612

 

Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 580

 

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 579

 

Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 558

 

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 549

 

Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 526

BSB – Brookes and Hickman share the spoils at Thruxton

2017 BSB, BSB R07, Thruxton, Hampshire, UK.

Josh Brookes and Peter Hickman joined the ranks of 2017 BSB winners, as they became the fifth and sixth different race victors this year. The pair’s success at Thruxton also marked the first wins for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha and Smiths Racing BMW teams.

Brookes scored his first victory of the season in the opening race, stealing the lead from Hickman in the closing stages in the first high-speed duel of the day.

Pole sitter Jake Dixon had fired himself off the line fastest to lead on the opening lap ahead of Hickman and Brookes as Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne dropped down the order after a mistake at the chicane that caused him to run on.

Two laps later and the BMW Safety Car was deployed when Billy McConnell crashed out, but when the race resumed Dixon was instantly under attack from Hickman. The Lincolnshire ace took the lead on the brakes into the chicane on Lap Nine, pushing Dixon into the clutches of Brookes.

Brookes though was determined and by Lap 15 he was in the lead and with three laps to go he was able to edge out a slight advantage which he held until the chequered flag to give the team their first race victory in the premier class.

Hickman had been embroiled in a battle with Dixon throughout the closing stages but was able to fend off the attack over the final two laps to give the local team a podium finish with Dixon completing the top three.

Byrne had fought his way back into fourth place with Christian Iddon battling to fifth place for Tyco BMW after keeping Jason O’Halloran in his wheel tracks on the leading Honda Fireblade.

Leon Haslam was seventh on the sole JG Speedfit Kawasaki with Bradley Ray equalling his best result of the season in eighth ahead of John Hopkins and Sylvain Guintoli, who featured in the top ten for the first time this year.

In race two Smiths Racing BMW celebrated their debut race win in the Championship as Hickman delivered a hard-fought victory for the local team.

Dixon had again got off to a lightening start onboard the RAF Reserves Kawasaki to lead Hickman and race one winner Brookes on the opening lap with the pack all lining up to try and gain the early advantage.

Byrne was determined to be back in podium contention and he had moved second by the end of lap two as Bradley Ray ended his race prematurely with a crash whilst running inside the top ten.

Byrne had hit the front of the pack, but Dixon fought back strongly with a determined move at the chicane, but a lap later and the defending champion repaid the move in exactly the same place.

Hickman was then ready to get involved in the fight for the lead and on the eighth lap he nudged his way ahead to capture the lead.

Byrne regained the position but Hickman wasn’t giving up and a lap later he was back at the front of the pack as Brookes had launched himself through to second place on the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha.

The Australian was then pushing for the lead, claiming the top spot on lap 14 as Byrne was dropping back dramatically before retiring from the race.

Brookes lead until the penultimate lap when he crashed out unhurt, leaving Hickman to hold the advantage with Dixon in second place at the finish. Meanwhile there was an epic scrap for the final podium position as Iddon, Leon Haslam and O’Halloran battled for the valuable points.

Haslam bided his time and waited until the last lap to make a move on the Tyco BMW rider to score the final podium place ahead of Iddon and O’Halloran with Martin Jessopp scoring an impressive sixth place.

Lee Jackson held off Guintoli for seventh place with James Ellison for McAMS Yamaha and Jakub Smrz for the Lloyd and Jones PR Racing BMW team completing the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Race one result:

1. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha)

2. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +1.026s

3. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +1.774s

4. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +2.305s

5. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +5.604s

6. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +6.797s

7. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +6.926s

8. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +12.419s

9. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +12.425s

10.Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +12.994s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Race two result:

1. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW)

2. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +0.6044s

3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +11.227s

4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +11.467s

5. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +14.971s

6. Martin Jessopp (Ridersmotorcycles BMW) +18.505s

7. Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW) +18.600s

8. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +19.199s

9. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +19.512s

10.Jakub Smrz (Lloyd and Jones PR Racing BMW) +19.725s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Thruxton:

1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 203

2. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 184

3. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 164

4. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 161

5. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 154

6. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 154

 

BSB – in form Dixon claims Thruxton pole

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Jake Dixon claimed pole position for the RAF Reserves Kawasaki team with an inch perfect Superpole qualifying to win the one lap shootout for the first time at the high-speed Thruxton circuit in Hampshire.

The battle had been intense to make the top nine for the final stage of qualifying but first up was John Hopkins who headed out for Superpole with the Moto Rapido Ducati team for the first time this season. The American set a benchmark time of 1m:15.670s, which was slower than his time in Q2.

Jason O’Halloran was next to be released for his flying lap and the Australian fired the Honda Racing Fireblade ahead by 0.171s to hit the top spot with defending champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne up next.

The Be Wiser Ducati rider went to the top of the times with his Superpole flying lap, but clearly frustrated, Byrne didn’t stay there for long as his rivals rolled out for their attack on a Superpole time.

Tyco BMW’s Christian Iddon was ready to roll next and he moved ahead of Byrne by 0.413s to become the first rider to dip into the 1m:14s lap times in the final stage of qualifying – something that all nine of the Superpole riders achieved in Q2.

Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha’s Josh Brookes was next and the Australian had been the pace setter in the final free practice session this morning. Brookes fired himself ahead of his rivals by 0.524s with Iddon in second and Byrne in third place.

Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman has been in contention throughout free practice and he didn’t disappoint in qualifying as he moved second and 0.401s adrift of Brookes who maintained the top position.

The sole JG Speedfit Kawasaki headed out on track in the hands of Leon Haslam as Luke Mossey remains sidelined after his free practice three crash, but it was a disaster for the ‘Pocket Rocket’ as he crashed out at the chicane unhurt leaving him ninth on the grid.

Dixon was the penultimate rider to head out for his flying lap and the RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider kept his cool to launch himself ahead of Brookes and Hickman with only Dan Linfoot left to take on Superpole.

Linfoot’s flying lap put him sixth on the timesheets ahead of tomorrow’s two races at Thruxton.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Thruxton, Datatag Qualifying result:

1. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) 1m:14.052s

2. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.204s

3. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.605s

4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.728s

5. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.141s

6. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +1.216s

7. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +1.387s

8. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +1.618s

9. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)

 

BSB – Shakey takes championship lead after taking double at Brands

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Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne completed a dream double in front of a huge home crowd at Brands Hatch to take the lead in the BSB championship standings.

The two races on the legendary Grand Prix circuit produced five different podium finishers, representing five different manufacturers and five different teams with just seven races now remaining before the Showdown.

An incredible battle opened the day as Byrne denied Dan Linfoot his first ever MCE BSB victory as the Be Wiser Ducati rider stole the lead at Surtees with two laps to go before the race had a premature end due to changing conditions.

At the start of Race One Luke Mossey had fired the JG Speedfit Kawasaki off the line to take the lead from pole sitter Josh Brookes and Linfoot. However, a hectic opening few laps saw Brookes try and attack, but Mossey was keeping his cool as Byrne held station in sixth place.

On the fifth lap Byrne went for a move on Haslam at Surtees, but ran out wide and dropped back three places, giving himself more work to do. At the front Brookes had hit the lead, but Mossey instantly fought back and regained the position.

A big crash for Shaun Winfield caused the first BMW Safety Car deployment of the season, but the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha rider was able to walk away from the incident.

When the race resumed Peter Hickman instantly went for a move as did Linfoot and by the end of the next lap it was Linfoot leading the way from Mossey, Hickman, Leon Haslam and Brookes with Christian Iddon also in close contention.

Hickman waited two more laps before he got his opportunity to snatch the lead; moving ahead at Surtees to push Linfoot back into second place.

Linfoot was coming under pressure from Mossey as he dived down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend on the twelfth lap but the Honda Racing rider fought back and repaid the move into Druids to regain the position.

Hickman was still leading the pack for the Smiths Racing BMW team with Linfoot, Mossey, Haslam and Iddon hot on their heels as Brookes dropped back and was fighting off James Ellison and Byrne.

Linfoot regained the lead on Lap 16 with a decisive move at Paddock Hill Bend, but the defending champion was on the move and he had worked his way up the order to take the lead at Surtees with two laps remaining. The red flag was then bought out when light rain began to fall, but it was enough for Byrne to claim the win.

The result meant Linfoot celebrated his first podium of the season for Honda Racing with Haslam returning to the podium for the first time since Oulton Park as he held off Hickman and Brookes.

The second race was shaping up to be a dogfight between the defending champion and Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha’s Brookes with the pair hitting the front of the pack, and as the Australian hounded down his rival; he crashed out at Surtees on the ninth lap.

As Byrne edged ahead the battle behind was intensifying for third position as Ellison, Iddon, Haslam and Hickman traded blows in their quest for a podium finish. Ellison was upping the pace on the McAMS Yamaha and was able to hold off Iddon as the pair returned to the podium.

Hickman doubled up on fourth places for the Smiths Racing BMW team and continues to hold the final place in the top six with three rounds remaining before the Showdown. Hicky had battled intensely with Haslam during the earlier stage of the race, but was able to forge ahead to leave the JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders battling for fifth with Haslam holding off Mossey and Jason O’Halloran.

Rookie Bradley Ray, Michael Laverty on the second of the McAMS Yamahas, and Jake Dixon completed the top ten.

Byrne said: “The first race was a lot tougher than what I was hoping for but the safety car coming out did me a favour and I got going straightaway again.

The bike had felt really good all weekend in the dry and we were able to prove that in the race so a big thank you to the team. The pace was even hotter in the second race and with a good start decided I had to get to the front as quickly as possible and go for it.

“Once I’d got the lead, I just tried to stay as consistent as possible and watched my pit board. I just kept my rhythm and concentration so to get the double is brilliant and we’re achieving just what we wanted to at our strong circuits.”

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race one result:

1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)

2. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +0.365s

3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +0.737s

4. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +0.795s

5. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +1.535s

6. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +1.717s

7. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +2.102s

8. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +3.631s

9. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +3.708s

10. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +3.792s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race two result:

1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)

2. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +5.787s

3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +6.167s

4. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +8.039s

5. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +10.079s

6. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +10.530s

7. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +10.866s

8. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +13.246s

9. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +14.002s

10. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +14.983s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 190

2. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 161

3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 159

4. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 133

5. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 129

6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 119

BSB – Byrne takes first season double at Snetterton

MCE British Superbike Championship

Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne delivered his strongest performance of the BSB season so far to claim his first double win of the season for the Be Wiser Ducati team, holding off the challenge from arch rival Josh Brookes in both races.
On the opening lap of race one Leon Haslam fired himself to the front on his racing return ahead of James Ellison, but the McAMS Yamaha was instantly on the attack and claimed the lead with a move at Brundle. Pole sitter Byrne had dropped to fourth at the start, but by the second lap he had pushed his way back into third place when he passed Dan Linfoot on the brakes into Riches.

A lap later and Byrne was up to second, out dragging Haslam down the Senna Straight to move ahead. The defending champion then had Ellison in his sight and on the fifth lap a mistake from the race leader gave Byrne the gap he needed to snatch the position and move to the front of the pack.

Byrne was being chased by Ellison but there was further disappointment for the McAMS Yamaha rider when he suffered a technical problem which forced him to retire from the race. Byrne had the advantage but behind there was a battle of the Australians as Jason O’Halloran was fending off the challenge from Brookes.
Brookes forced the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha ahead and then held off his Honda Racing rival as he bid to close down Byrne, but at the flag it wasn’t enough to make a final strike back; however he showed his rivals he was back in business as he bids for a second crown.

O’Halloran was soon under pressure from a closing Haslam over the final laps but he managed to fend off the closing JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider to return to the podium. Haslam celebrated his return to racing action with a fourth place ahead of the second Honda Racing Fireblade of Dan Linfoot.

Jake Dixon got the better of Peter Hickman in the closing stages with John Hopkins, Bradley Ray and Sylvain Guintoli completing the top ten.

In the second race Byrne again started from the pole position, but it was Brookes that launched off the line fastest at the start to lead the pack into Riches for the first time ahead of Ellison and Byrne with Haslam holding fourth place.

Hopkins and O’Halloran though were moving through the field and the pair were soon on the back of the leading trio of Brookes, Ellison and Byrne. At the front Byrne made a move on Ellison on the ninth lap to close in on his Australian rival, but the McAMS Yamaha wasn’t going to settle behind the five-time champion. However as Ellison bid for podium contention, he crashed out unhurt at Murrays.

At the front Byrne was closing on Brookes and on lap 14 the Be Wiser Ducati rider pushed ahead on the run down to Riches, which O’Halloran repeated on Hopkins as the pair exchanged blows in the battle for third position.

Byrne was able to hold off the counter attack from Brookes to the finish to claim his first double win of the season with O’Halloran completing the first double podium for the Honda Racing team as Hopkins dropped to fifth when Jake Dixon made a last corner move on the final lap.

Hickman claimed sixth place which fired him into the Showdown six in the standings ahead of Linfoot and Haslam. Guintoli and Mossey completed the top ten, with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider still holding the advantage at the top of the standings ahead of Brands Hatch.

Byrne said: “It’s been a good weekend and in both races, I used my head and bided my time. I didn’t make the greatest of starts in race one but stayed safe in the first few laps and we’d worked hard over the weekend to make sure we were fast throughout the race.

“I took my time to get to the front and then at half race distance pushed on a bit and it all panned out perfectly.

“Race two was definitely tougher as Josh (Brookes) was setting a good pace. He put the hammer down around half race distance so I made my move and obliterated my own lap record to grab the lead soon after.

“The Be Wiser Ducati team did a great job all weekend and after only getting a couple of thirds at Knockhill and with Glenn getting injured, it’s good to put the smiles back on everyone’s faces, especially ahead of my home round at Brands Hatch which is next.”

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Race one result:
1.  Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
2.  Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +3.295s
3.  Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +7.698s
4.  Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +7.885s
5.  Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +11.656s
6.  Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +14.513s
7.  Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +14.698s
8.  John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +16.596s
9.  Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +17.140s
10.Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +21.341s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Snetterton, Race two result:
1.  Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
2.  Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +0.686s
3.  Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +7.701s
4.  Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +8.261s
5.  John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +8.544s
6.  Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +13.576s
7.  Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +13.615s
8.  Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +17.625s
9.  Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +20.022s
10.Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +23.088s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Snetterton:
1.  Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 147
2.  Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 140
3.  Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 132
4.  Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 118
5.  Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 115
6.  Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 93

BSB – Shakey smashes Snetterton lap record to take pole

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Defending MCE Insurance British Superbike champion Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne smashed the existing lap record of Snetterton to set the fastest ever lap of the Norfolk circuit on his way to celebrating pole position ahead of tomorrow’s two races.

The top nine riders prepared themselves for the first Superpole shootout of the season and first to exit pitlane was championship leader Luke Mossey. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider set the benchmark with his fastest lap of the weekend, with Jakub Smrz making his first appearance in Superpole. The Czech rider made a mistake at Wilson and had to settle for second.

Next up to attack a flying lap was Leon Haslam, who had fired himself into Superpole in the final stages of Q2. He then outpaced his team-mate to move to the top of the times with his flying lap as Dan Linfoot then rolled out of pitlane to start his Superpole bid for the top.

Linfoot’s best effort put him third fastest behind the JG Speedfit Kawasakis of Haslam and Mossey as Jason O’Halloran on the second of the Honda Racing Fireblades began his flying lap. The Australian was gaining momentum and he crossed the line to move ahead and put himself as the new target at the top of the times.

James Ellison was next to shoot out for his Superpole lap on the McAMS Yamaha and he was consistently improving, as he crossed the line he had done just enough to push O’Halloran back into second with just Josh Brookes, Jake Dixon and Byrne left to set a lap.

Brookes was wrestling with the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha but he could only post the fifth fastest time as Dixon got his flying lap underway at the RAF Reserves Kawasaki’s home circuit. Knockhill double winner Dixon was only marginally faster than Brookes to put himself fourth and then all eyes were on Byrne.

The five-time champion set a blistering pace to lap the 2.968-mile circuit in the fastest ever time, with an incredible lap of 1m:46.024s to put him 0.537s ahead of Ellison to claim pole position ahead of Ellison and O’Halloran who complete the front row.

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 1m:46.024s
  2. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +0.537s
  3. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +1.082s
  4. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.096s
  5. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +1.327s
  6. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.331s
  7. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +1.486s
  8. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +2.093s
  9. Jakub Smrz (Lloyd & Jones PR Racing BMW) +2.139s

BSB – Dixon propels himself into BSB premier league with Knockhill victories

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Jake Dixon propelled himself into the premier league of the British Superbike Championship at Knockhill as the RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider followed up his debut win in the opening race to make it a double after an epic second contest in Scotland.

Dixon got his day off to a flying start in the opening race, celebrating a classy debut win in race one as the RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider hit the front of the chasing pack and held off Luke Mossey to seal an emotional victory.

On the opening lap Dixon fired off the front row of the grid to lead the pack as Shane ‘Shakey’ Byrne and Jason O’Halloran clipped on the run into turn one for the first time, pushing them down the order.

At the front James Ellison was tucked in behind Dixon with Mossey in close contention, but O’Halloran had made back some places and he was soon on the attack and by the start of lap four, the pair had pushed Ellison back to fourth.

Ellison fought back a lap later at the Hairpin to pass O’Halloran, but on lap six the McAMS Yamaha rider slid out of contention at turn three. O’Halloran was soon coming under pressure from his Honda Racing team-mate Dan Linfoot; the Australian was pushed back a place at the Hairpin, but Linfoot lost the front end on the brakes and tipped out of contention.

The leading pair of Dixon and Mossey had edged an advantage but the battle for third then became a three-way fight between O’Halloran, Byrne and home hero Taylor Mackenzie who was having his strongest performance of the season for Bennetts Suzuki.

Byrne was pushing to make a move and on lap 16 the Be Wiser Ducati rider emerged ahead after a decisive move at the Hairpin. The defending champion was able to hold off O’Halloran to the chequered flag to cross the line third behind Dixon and Mossey.

Josh Brookes had been pushing to bag the points for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team, but the Australian was another rider to crash out at the Hairpin unhurt.

Mackenzie scored his best result in fifth place with Peter Hickman moving to sixth for Smiths Racing BMW after Bradley Ray crashed out unhurt on the Buildbase Suzuki. John Hopkins ended the race in seventh place for Moto Rapido Ducati with Sylvain Guintoli, Lee Jackson and Michael Laverty completing the top ten.

Dixon then further cemented himself as a Showdown contender by following up his debut win in the opening race to make it a double after an epic second contest in Scotland.

Dixon had hit the front of the field on the opening lap to stake his claim from the start, holding off Mossey and Ellison with Linfoot and Byrne in the hunt. The opening laps saw an incredible dice between the leading group with Mossey and Ellison exchanging blows five times in one lap as they battled for the advantage at the front.

As the lead continued to change Dixon then made his move and he was defending hard until the seventh lap when Mossey then reclaimed the position at the front of the field. As the RAF Reserves Kawasaki rider bid to make a counter attack, Ellison then fired his McAMS Yamaha into second place with Byrne stalking in fourth.

Byrne and Dixon were then inseparable and the defending champion made a move to put himself back into a podium position and relegate the race one winner into fourth place. At the front Mossey had edged a marginal lead but the JG Speedfit Kawasaki lost the ground with a mistake and it allowed his rivals to return to striking distance.

Ellison was first to take the advantage as the McAMS Yamaha hit the front to push Mossey back to second as Dixon moved to third to push Byrne back into fourth as the final five lap sprint beckoned.

Dixon then made a decisive move on Mossey to push the new championship leader back into third and into the clutches of Byrne, who waited until the final two laps to make his move and return to the podium for the second time today.

Dixon stalked Ellison and a last gasp attempt to make a move for the win put the young gun ahead which he held to the chequered flag to claim his second win ahead of Ellison and Byrne. Mossey narrowly missed out on the podium with Brookes returning to the top five for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team.

Linfoot was the leading Honda Racing contender in sixth place, just ahead of his team-mate O’Halloran with Michael Laverty, Hickman and Billy McConnell completing the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, race one result:

  1. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki)
  2. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +3.740s
  3. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +6.159s
  4. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +6.670s
  5. Taylor Mackenzie (Bennetts Suzuki) +9.907s
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +13.730s
  7. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +15.038s
  8. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +17.152s
  9. Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW) +17.481s
  10. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +21.952s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Knockhill, Race two result:

  1. Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki)
  2. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +0.437s
  3. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +1.473s
  4. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +2.201s
  5. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +4.610s
  6. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +5.502s
  7. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +5.571s
  8. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +6.995s
  9. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +9.341s
  10. Billy McConnell (Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki) +10.022s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Knockhill:

  1. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 141
  2. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 111
  3. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 90
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 86
  5. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 83
  6. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 78

BSB – spectacular race meet for Haslam at Oulton

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It was a mixed weekend for BSB contender Leon Haslam at Oulton Park, with the championship leader winning Race One, but suffering a huge crash in the second race after a collision with James Ellison.

The weekend began with Ducati’s Shakey Byrne grabbing pole position but Race One saw Haslam hit the front of the pack from the start of the race with the five-time champion and team-mate Mossey hounding him throughout the race.

The ‘Pocket Rocket’ had been fending off Byrne and Mossey throughout the race and managed to hold them off to the line, but behind the leading trio the chasing freight train of riders were embroiled in an incredible scrap for fourth position.

On the final lap the Honda Racing team emerged ahead in the battle for fourth as O’Halloran made a last lap move on Peter Hickman to claim the position at the line. McAMS Yamaha’s Ellison completed a strong race to move through the order to be in the fight for fourth at the end of the race, finishing in sixth place, pushing Josh Brookes to seventh in the closing stages.

Christian Iddon was the leading BMW in eighth place as he managed to get the better of Glenn Irwin; the Be Wiser Ducati rider had earlier saved a huge moment while battling for fourth place. Jake Dixon completed the top ten for RAF Reserves Kawasaki.

The battle for the Podium Points swung back in the favour of Byrne in Race Two as the defending champion claimed his first win of the season at Oulton Park, as Haslam dramatically crashed out after clipping Ellison, who suffered a technical issue.

Haslam had hit the front of the pack from O’Halloran, Ellison and Byrne on the opening lap, but the Honda Racing rider was on the attack and he moved into the lead on the second lap, but it was short lived as Ellison then had his spell at the front.

The race was over prematurely for Dixon as he crashed out on the third lap unhurt, but at the front Byrne was closing in on Ellison and on the sixth lap he made his move on the run into Shell Oils corner.

Meanwhile Michael Laverty on the second McAMS Yamaha retired from the race just a lap later.
At the front Byrne had snatched the lead from Ellison, but behind the JG Speedfit Kawasakis of Haslam and Mossey were trading blows with O’Halloran, with the trio switching positions consistently over the following laps.

Iddon, Brookes, Irwin and Hickman were then all involved in the battle for the podium spots too, but in second Ellison was coming under fire from Haslam. The championship leader first tried to make a move at Shell, but ran wide and then had to begin a fight back.

However it ended in disaster for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider when he clipped the back of Ellison on the 14th lap when his McAMS Yamaha suddenly slowed. Haslam was down and out of the race and the damage consequently sidelined Ellison too, leaving Byrne to continue edging an advantage at the front of the pack to return to the top step.

A frantic battle then ensued for the final podium place with a five-way scrap for the final podium position. Iddon was bumped down to fourth over the closing laps as Irwin and O’Halloran pushed into the top three.

Mossey was fifth at the chequered flag as he held off Brookes on the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha and Smiths Racing BMW’s Hickman. Tommy Bridewell, John Hopkins and Billy McConnell completed the top ten.

Haslam said: “We always have a theoretical game plan and we had been working all weekend to make the tyre work over trace distance. I had a good start in Race One and then at the end I pushed on a little more and we had those few tenths so that was nice as it wasn’t an easy job!

 

“Race Two was definitely not the best way to finish the day! We had a big crash as James Ellison’s bike cut out at about 160mph right in front of me so I ended up going over the handlebars and luckily I am ok, but disappointed.

 

“We had the fastest lap of the race and was closing on Shakey, so frustrated as I felt like we could have challenged for another win there but that is racing. I just need to thank the team for all their hard work this weekend.”

 
   
   

 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race one result:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +2.632s
  3. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +5.169s
  4. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +9.271s
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +9.343s
  6. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +9.501s
  7. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +10.264s
  8. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +10.416s
  9. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +11.304s
  • Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) +11.688s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Oulton Park, Race two result:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +5.218s
  3. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) +5.309s
  4. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +5.574s
  5. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +5.881s
  6. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +6.025s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +19.130s
  8. Tommy Bridewell (Team WD-40 Kawasaki) +19.130s
  9. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +20.293s
  • Billy McConnell (Quattro Plant FS-3 Kawasaki) +20.431s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Oulton Park:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 111
  2. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 108
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 86
  4. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 67
  5. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 63
  6. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 61