Disastrous Silverstone BSB season opener for the Aussies

2019 British Superbike
Round One – Silverstone

The opening British Superbike race at Silverstone on the weekend was a battle of the McAMS Yamahas for victory, but it ended in drama as team-mates Jason O’Halloran and Mackenzie went head-to-head on the final lap before O’Halloran was eventually taken out from behind by his team-mate. To add insult to injury O’Halloran’s McAms Yamaha did an engine in the second race, likely due to the tip-over in the opening stoush.

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Jason O’Halloran walking back to the pits

It was also a tale of woe for the bookies favourite for the 2019 British Superbike Championship, Josh Brookes. The 35-year-old suffered an engine failure in qualifying that saw him start from 18th place on the grid, only to then have another machine failure in the opening race. In the second stanza Brookes blew another engine on the Be Wiser Ducati Panigale V4 R to finish the opening round with no points.

BSB Rnd Race Brookes
Josh Brookes pushes his expired Ducati

Superbike Race One Report

Jason O’Halloran launched off the line into the lead of the pack at the start of the race ahead of Mackenzie and Scott Redding, but a crash involving the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki pairing of Glenn Irwin, Ben Currie and rookie David Allingham bought out the BMW Safety Car.

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Jason O’Halloran leads race one

When the race resumed O’Halloran, Mackenzie and Josh Elliott edged away at the front of the pack and the McAMS Yamaha pair were intensely mirroring each other as the O’Show held the advantage.

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Jason O’Halloran leads Tarran Mackenzie and Josh Elliott

On the final lap however Mackenzie went for a lunge on the inside, causing contact with O’Halloran, who subsequently crashed out of the race. Mackenzie took the chequered flag ahead of Elliott, claiming his first Bennetts BSB podium finish and Redding on his debut.

Post-race following an investigation, Race Direction imposed a Long Lap equivalent time penalty of 3 seconds on Mackenzie for contact causing O’Halloran to crash at Turn 6 on Lap 30.

BSB Rnd Race Podium Mackenzie Elliott Redding
Tarran Mackenzie got to celebrate being on the top step of the podium before officials sanctioned him for the crash with O’Halloran, demoting him to second place.

The penalty awarded the victory to Elliott and the first for OMG Racing Suzuki, pushing Mackenzie back into second ahead of Redding with OMG Racing Suzuki celebrating both riders in the top five as Luke Mossey claimed fourth place.

Josh Elliott – OMG Racing Suzuki – Race One Winner

“I am a bit shocked with today if I am honest! It has been a mega weekend and we have been improving all through the weekend. It was mega to be up fighting for the win in both races and I just don’t have words for it! I would never have expected for the weekend to have gone as well as it has. The OMG team have done a fantastic job and I can’t wait for Oulton Park now.”

Tommy Bridewell and Andrew Irwin fought all race long with the Oxford Racing Ducati rider having the edge at the line from Luke Stapleford and Claudio Corti for Team WD-40 Kawasaki. Danny Buchan and Xavi Forés completed the top ten.

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Andrew Irwin and Tommy Bridewell tussle

2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Round One – Silverstone – Race One
  1. Josh ELLIOTT – OMG Racing Suzuki 27:44.547
  2. Tarran MACKENZIE – McAMS Yamaha +0.017
  3. Scott REDDING – Be Wiser Ducati +4.118
  4. Luke MOSSEY – OMG Racing Suzuki +5.472
  5. Tommy BRIDEWELL – Oxford Racing +7.505
  6. Andrew IRWIN – Honda Racing +8.236
  7. Luke STAPLEFORD – Buildbase Suzuki +11.554
  8. Claudio CORTI – Team WD-40 +11.900
  9. Danny BUCHAN – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +12.024
  10. Xavi FORÉS – Honda Racing +13.210
  11. Christian IDDON – Tyco BMW Motorrad +17.124
  12. Ryan VICKERS – RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki +19.372
  13. Dan LINFOOT – Santander Salt TAG Yamaha +20.305
  14. Peter HICKMAN – Smiths Racing +22.321
  15. Keith FARMER – Tyco BMW Motorrad +22.977
  16. Bradley RAY – Buildbase Suzuki +23.620
  17. Sylvain BARRIER – Brixx Ducati +26.220
  18. Matt TRUELOVE – Raceways Yamaha +33.244
  19. Dean HIPWELL – CDH Racing +33.360
  20. Fraser ROGERS – Gearlink Kawasaki +33.522
  21. Joe FRANCIS – Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad +34.574
  22. Sam COVENTRY – Team 64 Motorsports +43.723
  23. James HILLIER – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki +1 Lap
  24. Conor CUMMINS – Milenco by Padgetts Motorcycles +1 Lap
    …DNF. Jason O’HALLORAN – McAMS Yamaha
    …DNF. Josh BROOKES – Be Wiser Ducati
    …DNF. Ben CURRIE – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki

Superbike Race Two Report

On the opening lap of race two Mackenzie hit the front of the pack, but he didn’t hold it for long as Dan Linfoot stormed ahead onboard the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha with Elliott in close contention after winning the opening race.

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Tarran Mackenzie, Josh Elliott and Danny Buchan

There was more disappointment for O’Halloran who was forced to retire with a technical problem on lap four.

At the front Elliott and Linfoot were scrapping for the lead and the OMG Racing Suzuki rider was able to get back to the front, but behind a collision between Andrew Irwin and Redding caused the Be Wiser Ducati star to crash out on lap six. Andrew Irwin was subsequently handed a Long Lap penalty that dropped him down the order, but he was able to climb back into seventh before the chequered flag.

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Josh Elliott, Danny Bucha and Dan Linfoot

A breakaway of four riders at the front was led by Elliott with Danny Buchan, Linfoot and Mackenzie giving chase. By lap 14 Mackenzie had grabbed the advantage and was holding off Elliott and Buchan, but the pack was closed up when Josh Brookes suffered a technical problem and was forced to retire the second Be Wiser Ducati out of sixth place, causing a BMW Safety Car intervention.

When the race resumed Mackenzie was immediately under pressure but held on to edge out an advantage over Elliott to score his first win ahead of Elliott and Buchan, who returned to the podium for the first time since Knockhill.

Tarran Mackenzie – McAMS Yamaha – Race Two winner

“To get my first proper victory is amazing. We didn’t have the best pre-season and struggled quite a lot but we found something on Friday that made the bike a little easier to ride and gave me a lot more confidence. It was unfortunate what happened in race one, I tried to put that to the back of my mind and got on with race two. I was gutted to see Jason break down as I genuinely wanted to have a proper race with him. The safety car coming out towards the end of the second race made things more difficult, but I was able to maintain the gap and take the win.”

Bridewell and the Oxford Racing Ducati team celebrated an incredible fourth place after a challenging start to the weekend, holding off Stapleford who continued to fight his way through the field into fifth place ahead of Mossey.

Andrew Irwin held off his team-mate Xavi Forés for seventh with Linfoot and Bradley Ray completing the top ten.

Superbike rookie Ben Currie bagged some points for 13th place ahead of Peter Hickman, Ryan Vickers and Sylvain Barrier.

2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship

Round One – Silverstone – Race Two
  1. Tarran MACKENZIE – McAMS Yamaha 30:43.837
  2. Josh ELLIOTT – OMG Racing Suzuki +0.635
  3. Danny BUCHAN – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +1.004
  4. Tommy BRIDEWELL – Oxford Racing +2.257
  5. Luke STAPLEFORD – Buildbase Suzuki +3.944
  6. Luke MOSSEY – OMG Racing Suzuki +4.813
  7. Andrew IRWIN – Honda Racing +7.368
  8. Xavi FORÉS – Honda Racing +7.587
  9. Dan LINFOOT – Santander Salt TAG Yamaha +7.815
  10. Bradley RAY – Buildbase Suzuki +7.987
  11. Glenn IRWIN – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki +8.101
  12. Keith FARMER – Tyco BMW Motorrad +8.302
  13. Ben CURRIE – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki +8.502
  14. Peter HICKMAN – Smiths Racing +10.929
  15. Ryan VICKERS – RAF Regular and Reserves Kawasaki +11.211
  16. Sylvain BARRIER – Brixx Ducati +14.090
  17. Christian IDDON – Tyco BMW Motorrad +14.903
  18. Matt TRUELOVE – Raceways Yamaha +15.145
  19. David ALLINGHAM – EHA Yamaha +15.422
  20. Joe FRANCIS – Lloyd & Jones Bowker Motorrad +15.626
  21. Sam COVENTRY – Team 64 Motorsports +18.135
  22. Dean HIPWELL – CDH Racing +19.574
  23. James HILLIER – Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki +27.928
    … DNF. Josh BROOKES – Be Wiser Ducati
    … DNF. Jason O’HALLORAN – McAMS Yamaha
BSB Rnd Race Mackenzie Elliott Buchan
2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Round One – Silverstone – Race Two
Tarran MACKENZIE – McAMS Yamaha 30:43.837
Josh ELLIOTT – OMG Racing Suzuki +0.635
Danny BUCHAN – FS-3 Racing Kawasaki +1.004

2019 Bennetts British Superbike Championship Points
  1. Josh ELLIOTT (Suzuki) 45
  2. Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha) 45
  3. Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati) 24
  4. Luke MOSSEY (Suzuki) 23
  5. Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki) 23
  6. Luke STAPLEFORD (Suzuki) 20
  7. Andrew IRWIN (Honda) 19
  8. Scott REDDING (Ducati) 16
  9. Xavi FORÉS (Honda) 14
  10. Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha) 10
  11. Claudio CORTI (Kawasaki) 8
  12. Bradley RAY (Suzuki) 6
  13. Christian IDDON (BMW) 5
  14. Glann IRWIN (Kawasaki) 5
  15. Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki) 5
  16. Keith FARMER (BMW) 5
  17. Peter HICKMAN (BMW) 4
  18. Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki) 3

Pirelli National Superstock 1000

Alex Olsen struck back in the third Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race with a dominant victory. As he did in both races yesterday, it was Richard Cooper who grabbed the holeshot but the series leader was unable to fend off a fast charging Olsen, who moved into the lead on lap six.

Setting a string of fast laps, Olsen was able to stretch a gap to the chasers to take his maiden victory of the season and move in to just four points of the Championship lead. Taylor Mackenzie secured another second place whilst Cooper finished third. Lee Jackson was again fourth whilst Superstock rookie Eemeli Lahti was fifth.

Billy McConnell finished the weekend with a seventh place result while fellow South Australian Levi Day took 12th place. Brayden Elliott finished just outside the points once again in 16th.

Pirelli National Superstock 1000 – Race Result
  1. Richard COOPER GBR Suzuki – Buildbase Suzuki 22:53.340
  2. Taylor MACKENZIE GBR BMW – Bathams Racing +0.221
  3. Alex OLSEN GBR BMW – Team IMR +0.390
  4. Lee JACKSON GBR Kawasaki – FS-3 Racing Ltd +2.103
  5. Eemeli LAHTI FIN Kawasaki – STAUFF Quick Connect Superstock 100 +7.656
  6. Lewis ROLLO GBR Aprilia – IN Competition +8.155
  7. Billy McCONNELL AUS Suzuki – OMG Racing Suzuki +8.759
  8. Tom NEAVE GBR Honda – Honda Racing +8.884
  9. Leon JEACOCK GBR Suzuki – Geo E Davies Racing +10.245
  10. Luke HEDGER GBR Kawasaki – CPD Kawasaki +10.710
  11. Paul McCLUNG GBR BMW – Paul McClung Racing (PMR) +14.539
  12. Levi DAY AUS Aprilia – IN Competition +19.118
  13. Barry TEASDALE GBR BMW – TwoTwoFour Motorsport –
  14. Michael RUTTER GBR BMW – Bathams Racing +19.303
  15. Craig NEVE GBR BMW – Callmac Scaffolding +19.713
  16. Brayden ELLIOTT AUS Suzuki – No Bull Racing CPE Motosport +22.075
  17. Rob McNEALY GBR BMW – McNealy Brown +22.282
  18. Tom TUNSTALL GBR BMW – Integro +22.988
  19. Daniel COOPER GBR BMW – Impcross Engineering Racing +23.932
  20. Max ALEXANDER GBR BMW – R&T Racing +34.278
  21. James WHITE GBR Kawasaki – Team Afterdark +36.236
  22. Sam WEST GBR BMW – PRL +41.217
Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Standings
  1. Richard COOPER 46
  2. Taylor MACKENZIE 43
  3. Alex OLSEN 42
  4. Lee JACKSON 26
  5. Eemeli LAHTI 21.5
  6. Tom NEAVE 18
  7. Lewis ROLLO 16
  8. Luke HEDGER 14.5
  9. Billy McCONNELL 10.5
  10. Leon JEACOCK 9
  11. Michael RUTTER 8
  12. Levi DAY 8
  13. Chrissy ROUSE 4.5
  14. Paul McLUNG 4.5
  15. Andrew REID 4
  16. Benjamin GODFREY 3.5
  17. Tom WARD 3
  18. Barry TEASDALE 3
  19. Joe COLLIER 2
  20. Tim NEAVE 1
  21. Aaron CLARKE 0.5
  22. Craig NEVE 0.5

Dickies British Supersport

Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha rider Jack Kennedy doubled up on Dickies British Supersport wins after an epic scrap in the second outing. Alastair Seeley was the early race leader, grabbing the holeshot but with six riders covered by less than one second for the entire 26 lap race it came down to the very final corner as Kennedy slipped his way past to double on wins.

Despite hitting the grass on the final bend, Seeley was able to hold off the pursuing pack to take another second place whilst Brad Jones was again third in the Supersport class. Kyle Ryde finished third on track to win the GP2 class.

Sam Wilford was fifth overall, second in the GP2 class ahead of Lee Johnston and Jamie Perrin, who completed the GP2 podium.

Dickies British Supersport & GP2 Race Two – Silverstone
  1. Jack KENNEDY – Integro Yamaha +24:42.420
  2. Alastair SEELEY – EHA Yamaha +0.463
  3. Kyle RYDE – Kovara by RS Racing +0.557
  4. Brad JONES – Integro Yamaha +0.685
  5. Sam WILFORD – IDWe Racing +1.126
  6. Lee JOHNSTON – Ashcourt Racing +2.408
  7. Jamie PERRIN – Nova Racing Transmissions/Go R +10.437
  8. Harry TRUELOVE – Truelove Property & Construction +14.124
  9. Tom OLIVER – SGR Racing +14.263
  10. Bradley PERIE – Diamond H Racing +15.702
  11. Richard KERR – Campbell Motorsport +17.491
  12. Kurt WIGLEY – Sorrymate.com Racing +18.688
  13. Tatsuya YAMAGUCHI – Team ILR/Mark Coverdale +22.545
  14. Ben WILSON – Gearlink Kawasaki +25.526
  15. Charlie NESBITT – Hisc/Rapid Fulfillment Racing +25.741
  16. Jorel BOERBOOM – JB50 Racing +34.260
  17. Thomas STRUDWICK – Case FTR Moto / Spirit Motorcycles +37.860
  18. Ross TWYMAN – Gearlink Kawasaki +8.688
  19. Matt WIGLEY – Sorrymate.com Racing +43.337
  20. Phil WAKEFIELD – PWR +50.199
  21. Jake ARCHER – Kovara projects by RS Racing +1 Lap
  22. Tomás DE VRIES – DAT Racing – Chassis Factory +1 Lap
  23. Dominic PETTIT – Team Camclad Contractors +1 Lap
  24. Grant McINTOSH – GM Racing 24 2 Laps +1 Lap
Dickies British Supersport Championship Standings
  1. Jack KENNEDY 50
  2. Alastair SEELEY 40
  3. Brad JONES 32
  4. Lee JOHNSTON 26
  5. Tom OLIVER 21
  6. Harry TRUELOVE 19
  7. Kurt WIGLEY 17
  8. Richard KERR 17
  9. Ben WILSON 11
  10. Tatsuya YAMAGUCHI 10
  11. Bradley PERIE 9
  12. Rory SKINNER 7
  13. Eugene McMANUS 5
  14. Charlie NESBITT 4
  15. Ryan DIXON 3
  16. Ross TWYMAN 3
  17. Ross PATTERSON 2
  18. Matt WIGLEY 2
  19. Jason LYNN 1
  20. Phil WAKEFIELD 1

Images by Dave Yeomans

Source: MCNews.com.au

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