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Brookes leaves Donington triple-header with BSB lead

2020 British Superbike Championship Round Five
Donington Park Sunday wrap

Images Dave Yeomans

Andrew Irwin opened the weekend’s racing with a victory for Honda Racing, winning the opening British Superbike race at the Donington triple-header, ahead of Ducati mounted rider’s Christian Iddon and Josh Brookes.

Race 2 saw Josh Brookes return to the top step of the podium, working his way to the front by lap five and then edging out his rivals and laying claim the championship lead. Jason O’Halloran took second meanwhile, while Tarran Mackenzie was third.

Josh Brookes took the Race 2 win, as well as the championship lead at Donington
Josh Brookes took the Race 2 win, as well as the championship lead at Donington

Tarran Mackenzie became the third different rider to top the Bennetts British Superbike Championship podium at Donington Park, grabbing the lead with four laps to go to give McAMS Yamaha the final victory of the weekend in Race 3. Glenn Irwin was second overall, with Josh Brookes making his third appearance on the podium for the triple-header.

Josh Brookes now sits on 225-points, 16-points clear of Christian Iddon on 209, with Glenn Irwin third on 207. Jason O’Halloran is only a point adrift in fourth on 206.

In the British Supersport James Westmoreland took his first victory of 2020 in a rain effected encounter at Donington Park, with James Rose and Bradley Perie rounding out the podium, and Cameron Horsman taking the GP2 victory.  Ben Currie crashed out early, in what he described as a “Really strange crash”, with 11 of the 27 riders not finishing.

Ben Currie
Ben Currie

Rory Skinner took the 2020 British Supersport Championship title with victory in the Feature race at Donington Park, winning from Brad Jones and Lee Johnston in the second Supersport race of the weekend, while Ben Currie came home in seventh.

Rory Skinner holds the Supersport standings lead on 220-points, to second place James Westmoreland on 143. Third overall is Brad Jones on 142-points. Australian Ben Currie current sits eighth on 58-points.

Aussie Billy McConnell took a last lap victory in Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Race 1, beating long-time race leader Lewis Rollo, with Tom Neave the final podium sitter. Tom Neave hit back in Race 2, closing the gap in the Championship standings with a dominant win in the second Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race of the weekend.

Billy McConnell
Billy McConnell

Chrissy Rouse currently holds the standings lead on 165-points, to Tom Neave on 155, with Rollo third on 117. Billy McConnel is fourth on 110, while New Zealand’s Damon Reese is eighth overall. Brayden Elliott sits 14th, with Shane Richardson 17th.

Rhys Irwin took the Pirelli National Superstock 600 victory at a damp but drying Donington Park, after an impressive final lap saw him fend off challenges from Jack Nixon and Championship leader Ben Luxton. Luxton now leads the standings by 33-points from Irwin and Zak Corderoy who are tied on 96-points.

The opening Junior Supersport race saw Taz Taylor make a victorious return to racing action, taking victory by four seconds from Adon Davie and Lewis Jones, with Owen Jenner taking the 2020 crown.

Brody Crockford took the final Hel Performance British Junior Supersport win of the season in a dominant display, winning by over five-seconds from Jenner, with Lynden Leatherland third. Owen Jenner holds the title on 176-points, while Seth Crump is second overall on 131, with Brody Crockford third on 116.

British Superbike Race One

On the opening lap Glenn Irwin led the pack, however there was a disaster for the championship leader when he crashed out at Goddards unhurt on the opening lap, and losing the lead in the standings for the first time this season.

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin

At the front though Andrew Irwin was still flying the flag for Honda Racing, riding a perfect race to claim his third win of the season with the VisionTrack Ducati pairing behind him. Josh Brookes wasn’t able to get the better of his teammate for second place in the closing stages and Christian Iddon now leads the standings by two points ahead of Round 14.

Glenn Irwin is now equal on points in third place in the standings with Jason O’Halloran as the McAMS Yamaha rider also endured a tough opening race to the weekend, finishing in 14th place, just ahead of Tommy Bridewell.

Jason O'Halloran
Jason O’Halloran

At the front Tarran Mackenzie had been moving up the order on the leading McAMS Yamaha, edging out Ryan Vickers in the closing stages to finish fourth.

The RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team though celebrated Vickers’ best result of the season and on the opposite side of the garage, Jack Kennedy was one of three riders to opt for an intermediate rear tyre, which saw him move up to seventh in the closing stages and he will start on pole position for Round 14.

Andrew Irwin topped the podium from Iddon and Brookes
Andrew Irwin topped the podium from Iddon and Brookes

Vickers was able to maintain fifth ahead of Gino Rea, who claimed his best finish for Buildbase Suzuki after also opting for the intermediate rear tyre option as conditions improved in the closing stages with teammate Kyle Ryde holding eighth place.

Danny Buchan and Lee Jackson completed the top ten for the Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki team .

Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Andrew IRWIN Honda  24m58.1
2 Christian IDDON Ducati +1.824
3 Josh BROOKES Ducati +2.508
4 Tarran MACKENZIE Yamah +8.048
5 Ryan VICKERS Kawasak +10.776
6 Gino REA Suzuki +12.297
7 Jack KENNEDY Kawasaki +12.387
8 Kyle RYDE Suzuki +13.841
9 Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki +17.938
10 Lee JACKSON Kawasaki +25.058
11 Luke MOSSEY BMW +25.608
12 Peter HICKMAN BMW +27.339
13 Keith FARMER Suzuki +27.801
14 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha +28.222
15 Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati +38.199
16 Graeme IRWIN Kawasaki +41.714
17 Joe FRANCIS BMW +47.764
18 Ian HUTCHINSON BMW +49.254
19 Storm STACEY Kawasaki +50.336
20 Taylor MACKENZIE BMW +50.393
21 Markus REITERBERGER BMW +1M10.101
22 Héctor BARBERÁ BMW +1m10.612
23 Bjorn ESTMENT BMW +1m39.330
Not Classifieds
DNF Brian McCORMACK BMW  10 Laps
DNF Glenn IRWIN Honda  /

British Superbike Race Two

A hectic opening lap was lead by Kyle Ryde on the Buildbase Suzuki ahead of Tarran Mackenzie, Gino Rea, and pole-sitter Jack Kennedy, but the Silverstone race winner was later forced out of the action with a technical problem.

Tarran Mackenzie
Tarran Mackenzie

However the race action was ended prematurely for Ryan Vickers and Andrew Irwin, who crashed out together at the Melbourne Loop for the first time, with Peter Hickman and Danny Buchan also falling on the exit to curtail their bid for results.

At the front, Kennedy had then grabbed the advantage on the RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki, but Rea was attacking and he moved into the lead at Redgate at the start of lap three.

Brookes was calmly working his way up from sixth, were he was at the start of the race, taking the lead with a decisive move on lap five to push Rea into second place and then the VisionTrack Ducati rider put in a consistent run of laps to break the pack.

Jason O’Halloran was on the move, and the McAMS Yamaha rider was able to move ahead of Glenn Irwin and then Rea by the ninth lap, and despite his best efforts to reel Brookes back in, he crossed the line second and 0.578s adrift. The podium finish moves him back up to second in the standings now ahead of today’s final race.

Jason O'Halloran
Jason O’Halloran

Glenn Irwin was having a tough final part of his race and he was dropping back down the order, but ahead of him Mackenzie had got the better of Rea to grab third place and ensure that he made a break to give McAMS Yamaha a double podium finish.

Rea claimed his best result of the season in fourth for Buildbase Suzuki, with Tommy Bridewell having a resurgent race two to finish fifth ahead of Christian Iddon, who had been at the top of the standings after his second place in the first race of the day.

Glenn Irwin eventually crossed the line in seventh place ahead of Kennedy with Luke Mossey and Joe Francis completing the top ten.

Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Josh BROOKES Ducati 22m36.095
2 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha +0.578
3 Tarran MACKENZIE Yamaha +1.805
4 Gino REA Suzuki +3.123
5 Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati +4.419
6 Christian IDDON Ducati +4.908
7 Glenn IRWIN Honda +7.734
8 Jack KENNEDY Kawasaki +8.307
9 Luke MOSSEY BMW +11.511
10 Joe FRANCIS BMW +12.165
11 Keith FARMER Suzuki +20.656
12 Taylor MACKENZIE BMW +21.243
13 Storm STACEY Kawasaki +21.504
14 Markus REITERBERGER BMW +39.642
15 Graeme IRWIN Kawasaki +40.001
16 Bjorn ESTMENT BMW +2 Laps
Not Classified
DNF Lee JACKSON Kawasaki 13 Laps
DNF Kyle RYDE Suzuki 13 Laps
DNF Andrew IRWIN Honda  /
DNF Ryan VICKERS Kawasaki /
DNF Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki /

British Superbike Race Three

The final race of the weekend got underway with Josh Brookes leading the pack into Redgate for the first time ahead of Jason O’Halloran, but Tommy Bridewell was instantly on the attack and grabbed second on the Oxford Products Racing Ducati.

Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes

Glenn Irwin was making a move up the order, edging into third with a move on lap four, before the Honda Racing rider snatched second two laps later from Bridewell.

Bridewell’s race ended in disappointment when he retired with a technical problem on lap seven, but at the front Brookes was leading Glenn Irwin with Mackenzie piling on the pressure in third place.

On the ninth lap, there was drama for O’Halloran, when the McAMS Yamaha rider collided with Christian Iddon as the pair battled for fourth place and the collision with jammed his clutch in his lever guard, which dropped him down to eighth place by the finish.

Christian Iddon
Christian Iddon

By the tenth lap Glenn Irwin had grabbed the lead with Mackenzie in second and Brookes in third, but the McAMS Yamaha rider made his move at the Fogarty Esses and was able to hold off his Honda Racing rival.

Brookes completed the podium and his biggest points haul overhaul from the three races meant he was crowned the Monster Energy King of Donington; the VisionTrack Ducati rider leads the standings by 16-points into the final three rounds.

Christian Iddon was fourth fastest on the second of the VisionTrack Ducatis, and he heads into the final rounds in second place in the standings, with Gino Rea completing his best weekend of the season in fifth place for Buildbase Suzuki.

Andrew Irwin
Andrew Irwin

Lee Jackson led the Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki charge in sixth place, ahead of Round 13 winner Andrew Irwin and O’Halloran whilst Luke Mossey and Joe Francis completed the top ten.

Josh Brookes – P1

“The target is always to win a race at the slowest possible speed as the faster you go, the more you risk. In the second race, I had a couple of minor issues, so I tried to maintain my rhythm and the lead which I was able to do for the win. It was a lot trickier in the first race when I had to ride more conservatively due to the damp. The bike was moving around a lot, so it was all about consolidating the points. In the final race, I tried to keep the lead for as long as possible, but I didn’t have the pace to win so brought the bike home for some more good points. It’s been a strong weekend and great to lead the championship going into the final meeting at Brands Hatch.”

Josh Brookes
Josh Brookes
Christian Iddon – P2

“The main focus was to leave Donington Park still with a good chance of the Christian Iddonchampionship and I’ve managed that and got the boxes ticked. It was good to get on the podium in the first race in the damp conditions, but I struggled quite a lot in the second race with a couple of issues. We improved the bike for the final race but fourth was the best I could do although maybe I should have tried a different plan in hindsight. I’m just 16 points off the championship lead with all to play for at Brands Hatch, although we missed a couple of opportunities to close the gap today but either way, I’m looking forward to it.”

Glenn Irwin – P3

“If you summarise this weekend from a points view it was really disappointing because we have come away 18 points behind after starting the weekend in front, so to gain back some points in the last race was so important. In the final race I knew immediately from the warm-up lap that the Fireblade was working well, so hats off to the team, they deserved this second place position backing up Andy’s win. Again it’s an all-new Fireblade and over three races this weekend we have grabbed a first and a second place finish, Tom has also done a mega job again in Superstock. So looking ahead, it’s a big ask at Brands, I would rather be the one with the target on my back because if nothing changes you are the champion, but we won’t give up. The team never give up and neither will I.”

Glenn Irwin
Glenn Irwin
Andrew Irwin – Race 1 Winner

“This weekend has been a little up and down, but we won another race again – it was something I needed to lift my spirits. In the second race unfortunately I got hit on the first lap and took out. It’s one of those things, I have been on both ends of it before, it’s racing and we will just move on from it. In race three it took me far too long to get going, I got a good start but kind of got beat up in the first turn, which upset my rhythm a bit. It then took me about four or five laps to get into it again but once I did we had quite good pace. I feel we should have been fighting for the podium, but we didn’t and I came seventh. However the Fireblade felt good and I’ve built some confidence going into Brands, I think we can do a good job, I’m looking forward it.”

Tarran Mackenzie – Race 3 Winner

“The first race was really nice today, coming through from 19th. It was a calculated gamble to go with the harder wet tyre as I knew the track would dry out and that would leave me with some tyre at the end of the race. The aim was to get a good lap for race two, which I did. I did not expect to get third in race two, I went in having only done five dry laps all weekend, so we bolted in the setting from Silverstone and I had the first few laps of the race to adapt to it! It was a tough race, I got knocked back to seventh or eighth and had to come back through so to get third I was really happy. I knew if I could get a better start in the last race I could maybe have something to show at the end, and that was the case. I didn’t get a good start but I made my way back through, when I got to Glenn I was quite comfortable sat behind him so I knew I could maybe put some time into him if I got past in the last few laps, which I did so I was really happy with that. I’ve always wanted to win in the superbike class so it was an epic feeling. It’s been a good day for the whole team, so we’re looking forward to getting to Brands Hatch in a couple of weeks.”

Tarran Mackenzie
Tarran Mackenzie
Jason O’Halloran

“Race two today was really good, we came from 12th on the grid to finish second which was great. Race three was going pretty well, I lost a few places in the middle and I was struggling to find a way past Christian, I just needed to get by as I was losing too much time. I was trying everywhere but the bikes are quite different and the one place I could pass was into McLeans, he knew that as well and blocked me going in there and I clipped him on the way through. When I hit him the brake guard on the left hand side moved up and pulled the clutch in, I didn’t know it was in and took a couple of laps to figure out what was going on – when I got the lever back down the clutch was fried. I was able to get some pace back towards the end, but the clutch kept slipping. I’m a bit disappointed but we managed to get a couple of positions back in the last couple of laps which is a few more points. The pressure isn’t on us at Brands now, we have to turn up there, get maximum points and see what happens with everyone else. It’s not over yet, that’s for sure.”

Jason O'Halloran
Jason O’Halloran

Race Three Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Tarran MACKENZIE Yamaha 22m27.782
2 Glenn IRWIN Honda +1.223
3 Josh BROOKES Ducati +3.951
4 Christian IDDON Ducati +6.742
5 Gino REA Suzuki +7.441
6 Lee JACKSON Kawasaki +7.685
7 Andrew IRWIN Honda +8.090
8 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha +9.274
9 Luke MOSSEY BMW  +10.383
10 Joe FRANCIS BMW +10.860
11 Peter HICKMAN BMW +14.880
12 Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki +16.795
13 Jack KENNEDY Kawasaki +18.758
14 Kyle RYDE Suzuki +18.983
15 Keith FARMER Suzuki +22.927
16 Storm STACEY Kawasaki +22.978
17 Taylor MACKENZIE BMW +30.442
18 Markus REITERBERGER BMW +31.330
19 Graeme IRWIN Kawasaki +39.956
Not Classifieds
DNF Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati 8 Laps
DNF Ryan VICKERS Kawasaki /

British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Josh BROOKES (Ducati) 225
2 Christian IDDON (Ducati) 209
3 Glenn IRWIN (Honda) 207
4 Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha) 206
5 Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha) 179
6 Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati) 146
7 Andrew IRWIN (Honda) 139
8 Lee JACKSON (Kawasaki) 131
9 Kyle RYDE (Suzuki) 130
10 Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki) 101
11 Luke MOSSEY (BMW) 76
12 Bradley RAY (BMW) 74
13 Gino REA (Suzuki) 70
14 Peter HICKMAN (BMW) 52
15 Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki) 45
16 Héctor BARBERÁ (BMW) 31
17 Jack KENNEDY (Kawasaki) 27
18 Joe FRANCIS (BMW) 20
19 Keith FARMER (Suzuki) 10
20 Alex OLSEN (BMW) 8
21 Taylor MACKENZIE (BMW) 5
22 Storm STACEY (Kawasaki) 4
24 Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha) 2
25 Graeme IRWIN (Kawasaki) 1

British Supersport Race One

It was Championship leader Skinner who grabbed the holeshot, notching up a 3.6 second lead after the opening lap with Ben Currie and Lee Johnston leading the chasing pack. The conditions then began to catch some riders out, with Ben Currie crashing out on the second lap.

James Westmoreland
James Westmoreland

As Skinner held his lead, Johnston then began to put the pressure on and he quickly forced the Championship leader into a mistake, with Skinner crashing out on lap five, handing Johnston the lead.

By half race distance Johnston led the way from Westmoreland and James Rose, who had worked his way into a podium position after starting from the back of the grid, and they began to chase down the ‘General’ at the front.

But with four laps remaining the Gearlink Kawasaki man of Westmoreland put the hammer down, caught and passed Johnston, and continued to push hard as he led the race.

With just three laps to go Johnston had brought the gap down to under half a second, but on the final lap he crashed out, meaning Westmoreland would take his first victory of the season. James Rose finished second with Cameron Horsman third. Ben Currie crashed out early in the race.

British Supersport Race One Result

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 James WESTMORELAND Kawasaki 23m01.033
2 James ROSE Kawasaki +18.904
3 Cameron HORSMAN – GP2 Chassis Factory +49.689
4 Bradley PERIE Yamaha +50.731
5 Tom OLIVER – GP2 Chassis Factory +51.106
6 Dan JONES – GP2 FTR +52.919
7 Rob HARTOG MV Agusta  +1:17.819
8 Alastair SEELEY – GP2 ABM Quattro +1:20.907
9 Richard KERR Triumph +1:30.972
10 Mason LAW – GP2 Spirit +1:40.730
11 Tomás DE VRIES – GP2 Chassis Factory +1:45.735
12 Kurt WIGLEY Yamaha +1 Lap
13 Harry TRUELOVE Yamaha +1 Lap
14 Alan NAYLOR Yamaha +1 Lap
15 Jack SCOTT – GP2 Harris +2 Laps
Not Classified
DNF Lee JOHNSTON Yamaha 1 Lap
DNF Gary JOHNSON Triumph 3 Laps
DNF Brad JONES Yamaha 6 Laps
DNF Cameron FRASER – GP2 Chassis Factory 8 Laps
DNF Rory SKINNER Yamaha 9 Laps
DNF Jorel BOERBOOM – GP2 Honda 9 Laps
DNF Ross PATTERSON Yamaha 9 Laps
DNF Jake ARCHER – GP2 Kalex 10 Laps
DNF Ben CURRIE Kawasaki 11 Laps
DNF Charlie NESBITT – GP2 ABM Quattro /
DNF Tom TOPARIS Yamaha /
DQ Phil WAKEFIELD Yamaha /

British Supersport Race Two

Skinner grabbed the holeshot and was able to extend a small lead over the pursuing pack over the opening laps, but team mate Brad Jones and Lee Johnston soon began chipping away. With the duo trading fastest laps, they were able to close the lead down to just 0.2s at the halfway stage of the race.

Rory Skinner
Rory Skinner

As they stated lap eight, Jones was able to find a way past his team mate to take the lead. Fighting straight back, Skinner wasted no time in retaking the lead but was unable to shake off Jones or Johnston. Continuing to trade places throughout the closing stages, the race came down to the final two laps and Skinner was able to edge away from Jones to take the victory and claim the 2020 Quattro Group British Supersport title.

Johnston completed the podium in third, with James Westmoreland in fourth ahead of Harry Truelove and the first of the of the GP2 machines of Charlie Nesbitt. After a disappointing race one, Ben Currie raced so seventh in race two.

British Supersport Race Two Result

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Rory SKINNER Yamaha  21m53.026
2 Brad JONES Yamaha  +2.011
3 Lee JOHNSTON Yamaha +5.367
4 James WESTMORELAND Kawasaki +6.918
5 Harry TRUELOVE Yamaha  +7.167
6 Charlie NESBITT – GP2 ABM Quattro +9.133
7 Ben CURRIE Kawasaki +9.787
8 Rob HARTOG MV Agusta +19.457
9 Richard KERR Triumph +20.812
10 Jack SCOTT – GP2 Harris +24.063
11 Kurt WIGLEY Yamaha +27.613
12 Alastair SEELEY – GP2 ABM Quattro +28.109
13 Tom OLIVER – GP2 Chassis Factory +28.219
14 Mason LAW – GP2 Spirit – Spirit +28.631
15 Tom TOPARIS Yamaha +32.492
16 Cameron HORSMAN – GP2 Chassis Factory +33.393
17 Ross PATTERSON Yamaha  +40.743
18 Dan JONES – GP2 FTR +47.878
19 Jake ARCHER – GP2 Kalex +50.649
20 Phil WAKEFIELD Yamaha +51.001
21 Cameron FRASER – GP2 Chassis Factory +51.731
22 Tomás DE VRIES – GP2 Chassis Factory +1m09.988
23 Alan NAYLOR Yamaha +1 Lap
Not Classified
DNF Jamie PERRIN Yamaha 8 Laps
DNF Gary JOHNSON Triumph 11 Laps
DNF Bradley PERIE Yamaha 13 Laps
DNF Jorel BOERBOOM – GP2 Honda  /

British Supersport Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Rory SKINNER (Yamaha) 220
2 James WESTMORELAND (Kawasaki) 143
3 Brad JONES (Yamaha) 142
4 Bradley PERIE (Yamaha) 114
5 Harry TRUELOVE (Yamaha) 103
6 Lee JOHNSTON (Yamaha) 98
7 Richard KERR (Triumph) 82
8 Rob HARTOG (MV Agusta) 67
9 Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki) 58
10 Kurt WIGLEY (Yamaha) 50
11 Jamie PERRIN (Yamaha) 43
12 James ROSE (Kawasaki) 41
13 Ross PATTERSON (Yamaha) 41
14 Phil WAKEFIELD (Yamaha) 33
15 Korie McGREEVY (Yamaha) 32
16 Alan NAYLOR (Yamaha) 18
17 Tom TOPARIS (Yamaha) 17
18 Scott SWANN (Yamaha) 12
19 Ricky TARREN (Yamaha) 11
20 Keenan ARMSTRONG (Kawasaki) 6
21 Mike NORBURY (Kawasaki) 6
22 Ben WOTTON (Triumph) 6
23 Grant McINTOSH (Yamaha) 5
24 Michael DUNLOP (Yamaha) 3

Superstock 1000 Race One

Launching off the line, it was Fraser Rogers who led the way at the end of the opening lap ahead of Chrissy Rouse and Rollo, with Danny Kent holding fourth. Trading places throughout the race, Rogers, Rouse and Rollo battled for the lead throughout the opening few laps, but a string of fast laps from Rollo saw him grab the lead and begin to stretch a lead over the two pursuers.

Billy McConnell wins from Tom Neave and Lewis Rollo
Billy McConnell wins from Tom Neave and Lewis Rollo

Things began to heat up in the closing stages as it became a seven rider battle for the podium. A fast charging McConnell climbed up through the field, taking second on lap six he continued to set fastest lap after fastest lap, closing down Rollo’s lead to take the win on the final lap. Tom Neave eventually secured third place ahead of Kent and Rouse.

Shane Richardson was top New Zealand performer in race one in 13th, while Damon Rees came come in 19th. Australian Brayden Elliott was 24th.

Brayden Elliott
Brayden Elliott

Superstock 1000 Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Billy McCONNELL BMW 17m50.050
2 Lewis ROLLO Aprilia +0.220
3 Tom NEAVE Honda +2.901
4 Danny KENT Kawasaki +3.603
5 Chrissy ROUSE BMW  +4.940
6 Tim NEAVE Suzuki +6.360
7 Dan LINFOOT BMW +6.874
8 Fraser ROGERS Kawasaki +6.970
9 Luke JONES Aprilia +7.531
10 Davey TODD Honda +10.503
11 Luke HEDGER Kawasaki +18.309
12 David ALLINGHAM Suzuki +27.372
13 Shane RICHARDSON BMW +29.568
14 Johnny BLACKSHAW Aprilia +38.231
15 Jordan WEAVING Suzuki +38.789
16 Joe SHELDON-SHAW Suzuki +39.164
17 Tom TUNSTALL Suzuki +39.479
18 Dave SELLARS Suzuki +41.957
19 Damon REES BMW +42.213
20 Craig NEVE BMW  +42.718
21 Josh WOOD Kawasaki 43.132
22 Matt TRUELOVE BMW +43.261
23 Dani SAEZ GUTERREZ Kawasaki +44.792
24 Brayden ELLIOTT Suzuki +46.977
25 Ashley BEECH Suzuki +50.541
26 Ian HUTCHINSON BMW 51.253
27 Luke HOPKINS Kawasak +1m22.263
28 Dave MACKAY Suzuki  +1m24.610
29 Ben BROADWAY Aprilia  +1m25.842
Not Classifieds
DNF Lee WILLIAMS Kawasaki 3 Laps
DNF David BROOK BMW 4 Laps
NC Tommy PHILP Suzuki 4 Laps

Superstock 1000 Race Two

McConnell grabbed the holeshot, leading across the line at the end of the opening lap by 0.6s ahead of Kent and Tom Neave. Neave moved into the lead on lap three, setting about trying to extend his lead at the front as title rival Chrissy Rouse moved into third.

Billy McConnell
Billy McConnell

At the halfway point, Kent had begun to close down Tom Neave at the front whilst Tim Neave was chasing down Rouse in third. With Tom Neave taking the win ahead of Kent, a mistake from Rouse on the penultimate lap saw Tim Neave find his way past Championship leader Rouse, to claim the final rostrum position. McConnell was fifth ahead of Rogers, Hedger and Rollo.

New Zealand’s Shane Richardson was 17th, while Damon Rees and Brayden Elliott both recorded DNF results. Rees crashed on the opening lap at Melbourne Hairpin and injured his AC joint, the Kiwi is undergoing medical evaluation as to if he will be able to make the championship finale.

Superstock 1000 Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Tom NEAVE Honda 18m26.045
2 Danny KENT Kawasaki +0.097
3 Tim NEAVE Suzuki +3.648
4 Chrissy ROUSE BMW +3.890
5 Billy McCONNELL BMW +4.005
6 Fraser ROGERS Kawasaki +4.985
7 Luke HEDGER Kawasaki +5.929
8 Lewis ROLLO Aprilia +8.349
9 Jordan WEAVING Suzuki +13.986
10 Ian HUTCHINSON BMW +14.235
11 Matt TRUELOVE BMW  +17.521
12 Dan LINFOOT BMW +20.251
13 Joe SHELDON-SHAW Suzuki +20.452
14 Davey TODD Honda +21.320
15 David ALLINGHAM Suzuki +23.368
16 Lee WILLIAMS Kawasaki +30.234
17 Shane RICHARDSON BMW +33.868
18 Luke HOPKINS Kawasaki +41.779
19 Johnny BLACKSHAW Aprilia +42.432
20 Tom TUNSTALL Suzuki +43.456
21 Craig NEVE BMW  +45.923
22 Dani SAEZ GUTERREZ Kawasaki +48.746
23 Ashley BEECH Suzuki +57.994
24 Dave SELLARS Suzuki +59.077
25 Dave MACKAY Suzuki +1m10.470
26 David BROOK BMW +1m11.619
Not Classified
DNF Luke JONES Aprilia 3 Laps
DNF Josh WOOD Kawasaki 4 Laps
DNF Tommy PHILP Suzuki 6 Laps
DNF Ben BROADWAY Aprilia 6 Laps
DNF Brayden ELLIOTT Suzuki 7 Laps

Superstock 1000 Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Chrissy ROUSE (BMW) 165
2 Tom NEAVE (Honda) 155
3 Lewis ROLLO (Aprilia) 117
4 Billy McCONNELL (BMW) 110
5 Tim NEAVE (Suzuki) 108
6 Danny KENT (Kawasaki) 88
7 Fraser ROGERS (Kawasaki) 82
8 Damon REES (BMW) 71
9 Luke HEDGER (Kawasaki) 51
10 Davey TODD (Honda) 42
11 Jordan WEAVING (Suzuki) 40
13 Dan LINFOOT (BMW) 33
14 Brayden ELLIOTT (Suzuki) 32
15 Matt TRUELOVE (BMW) 28
16 Joe COLLIER (Suzuki) 23
17 Shane RICHARDSON (BMW) 20
18 David ALLINGHAM (Suzuki) 15
19 Luke JONES (Aprilia) 10
20 Richard COOPER (BMW) 9
21 Leon JEACOCK (Suzuki) 8
22 Joe SHELDON-SHAW (Suzuki) 6
23 Shaun WINFIELD (Yamaha) 6
24 Luke HOPKINS (Kawasaki) 2
25 Johnny BLACKSHAW (Aprilia) 2

Superstock 600

Luxton made the best leap off the line, leading the way after the opening lap with Rhys Irwin second and Talbot third, but as the group headed into their second lap the safety car was deployed for an incident. By lap five the car returned to the pits, with Luxton aiming to regain his two second lead over the chasing pack.

Rhys Irwin
Rhys Irwin

By half race distance Luxton had increased his gap to 1.3 second over Talbot and R. Irwin and was consistently the fastest man on track. However, in the closing stages of the race, the group caught Luxton with R. Irwin and Jack Nixon dicing for the lead, and on the final lap it was Irwin who took the victory, with Nixon second and Luxton Third.

Rhys Irwin
Rhys Irwin

Superstock 600 Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Rhys IRWIN Yamaha 20m34.574
2 Jack NIXON Kawasaki +0.850
3 Ben LUXTON Kawasaki +3.959
4 Zak CORDEROY Kawasaki +5.592
5 Caolan IRWIN Kawasaki +10.051
6 George STANLEY Kawasaki +10.148
7 James ALDERSON Triumph  +11.588
8 Joe TALBOT Kawasaki +11.724
9 Liam DELVES Yamaha  +22.097
10 Simon REID Yamaha +23.634
11 TJ TOMS Yamaha +24.057
12 Daniel BROOKS Kawasaki +27.326
13 Asher DURHAM Kawasaki +43.847
14 Eugene McMANUS Kawasaki +44.149
15 William LATHROPE Triumph +44.445
16 Adam HARTGROVE Yamaha  +46.066
17 Matthew BOWER Kawasaki +47.262
18 Trystan FINOCCHIARO Kawasaki +53.398
19 Luke VERWEY Kawasaki +57.119
20 Taylor MORETON Kawasaki +1m08.093
21 Nathan DRURY Kawasaki +1:10.343
22 Bradley RICHMAN Kawasaki +1m22.971
23 Toby REYNOLDS Yamaha +1m26.466
24 Jake CAMPBELL Kawasaki +1m26.768
25 Kayla BARRINGTON Kawasaki +1m30.573
Not Classifieds
DNF Aaron SILVESTER Yamaha  4 Laps
DNF Conor WHEELER Yamaha  5 Laps
DNF Connor THOMSON Yamaha 7 Laps
DNF Sam LAFFINS Kawasaki 8 Laps
DNF Adam McLEAN Yamaha 8 Laps
DNF Josh COWARD Kawasaki 11 Laps
DNF Michael LARGE-TAYLOR Yamaha /

Superstock 600 Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Ben LUXTON (Kawasaki) 129
3 Rhys IRWIN (Yamaha) 96
2 Zak CORDEROY (Kawasaki) 96
4 Caolan IRWIN (Kawasaki) 63
5 Jack NIXON (Kawasaki) 52
6 Liam DELVES (Yamaha) 49
7 James ALDERSON (Triumph) 48
8 Daniel BROOKS (Kawasaki) 46
9 Joe TALBOT (Kawasaki) 45
10 Simon REID (Yamaha) 38
11 Adam McLEAN (Yamaha) 27
12 George STANLEY (Kawasaki) 23
13 Eugene McMANUS (Kawasaki) 22
14 Kade VERWEY (Kawasaki) 20
15 Sam LAFFINS (Kawasaki) 18
16 Aaron SILVESTER (Yamaha) 11
17 TJ TOMS (Kawasaki) 10
18 Connor THOMSON (Yamaha) 8
19 Adam HARTGROVE (Yamaha) 7
20 Conor WHEELER (Yamaha) 7
21 Asher DURHAM (Kawasaki) 7
22 Luke VERWEY (Kawasaki) 6
23 Trystan FINOCCHIARO (Kawasaki) 4
24 Taylor MORETON (Kawasaki) 4
25 Christopher SINANAN (Kawasaki) 2
26 William LATHROPE (Triumph) 1
27 Matthew BOWER (Kawasaki) 1

British Junior Supersport Championship

It was Taylor who led the way after the opening lap, with Jones and Davie closely behind as they looked to pull an early gap on the chasing pack. The leader then quickly began to post quick lap times as started to increase his gap over second and third.

Seth Crump crashed out of race 1
Seth Crump crashed out of race 1

By half-race distance Taylor had a three second lead over Davie who held second place, and the number six rider held the lead to take the flag.

After a crash on the first lap for Owen Jenner and Seth Crump, it means that Jenner takes the 2020 Hel Performance British Junior Supersport title.

Junior Supersport Race One

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Taz TAYLOR Kawasaki 20m09.228
2 Adon DAVIE Kawasaki +4.990
3 Lewis JONES KTM  +14.956
4 Zak SHELTON Kawasaki +21.263
5 Lynden LEATHERLAND Kawasaki +21.615
6 Kam DIXON Kawasaki +26.219
7 Cameron DAWSON Kawasaki +28.117
8 Finn SMART Kawasaki  +35.244
9 Cameron HALL Kawasaki +36.524
10 Brody CROCKFORD Yamaha +49.451
11 Christopher JOHNSON Kawasaki +55.850
12 James McMANUS Kawasaki +1m04.985
13 Connor SELLORS Kawasaki +1m15.939
14 Jake HOPPER Kawasaki +1m21.150
15 Oscar PINSON Kawasaki +1:21.247
16 Joe ELLIS Kawasaki +1m26.901
17 Lewis JONES Kawasaki +1m42.103
18 Kai DICKINSON Kawasaki +1m45.000
19 Mcauley LONGMORE Kawasaki 1m52.381
20 Kevin COYNE Kawasaki +1m57.175
21 Bradley WILSON Kawasaki +1m58.893
22 Scarlett ROBINSON Kawasaki +1 Lap
23 Rossi BANHAM Yamaha +1 Lap
24 Luke GILBY Kawasaki +1 Lap
Not Classifieds
DNF Andrew SMYTH Kawasaki 1 Lap
DNF James ROSE Kawasaki 1 Lap
DNF Declan CONNELL Kawasaki 4 Laps
DNF Ben TAYLOR Kawasaki 5 Laps
DNF Alessandro VALENTE KTM 5 Laps
DNF Lucca ALLEN Kawasaki 6 Laps
DNF Chloe JONES Yamaha  6 Laps
DNF Samuel LAIDLOW Kawasaki 6 Laps
DNF Owen JENNER Kawasaki 9 Laps
DNF Seth CRUMP Kawasaki 9 Laps

Junior Supersport Race Two

It was the newly crowned Champion Owen Jenner who grabbed the holeshot, slowly extending his lead over the pursuing pack. However, a fast-charging Crockford was able to take over front running on lap three whilst Adon Davie and Lyndon Leatherland were also in close contention.

Brody Crockford
Brody Crockford

Trading places for much of the race, in the closing stages Crockford was able to take back the lead and pull away from the pursuers to eventually take the win by 5.5s ahead of Jenner and Leatherland. Seth Crump also came back from a Race 1 crash to claim fifth in Race 2.

Junior Supersport Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Brody CROCKFORD Yamaha 17m54.645
2 Owen JENNER Kawasaki +5.590
3 Lynden LEATHERLAND Kawasaki +6.166
4 Adon DAVIE Kawasaki +6.253
5 Seth CRUMP Kawasaki +6.374
6 Cameron DAWSON Kawasaki +9.157
7 Declan CONNELL Kawasaki +9.512
8 Kam DIXON Kawasaki +9.895
9 Taz TAYLOR Kawasaki +16.099
10 Zak SHELTON Kawasaki +18.729
11 James McMANUS Kawasaki +24.480
12 Andrew SMYTH Kawasaki +29.651
13 Jake HOPPER Kawasaki +33.889
14 Lewis JONES Kawasaki +33.983
15 Lucca ALLEN Kawasaki +34.088
16 Joe ELLIS Kawasaki +34.630
17 Cameron HALL Kawasaki +35.222
18 Christopher JOHNSON Kawasaki +36.420
19 Chloe JONES Yamaha +36.629
20 Kevin COYNE Kawasaki +45.791
21 Connor SELLORS Kawasaki +52.045
22 Bradley WILSON Kawasaki +52.276
23 Mcauley LONGMORE Kawasaki +59.635
24 Rossi BANHAM Yamaha +1m05.257
25 Samuel LAIDLOW Kawasaki +1m05.601
26 James ROSE Kawasaki +1m21.803
27 Luke GILBY Kawasaki +1m48.876
28 Scarlett ROBINSON Kawasaki +1 Lap
Not Classified
DNF Ben TAYLOR Kawasaki 1 Lap
DNF Oscar PINSON Kawasaki 2 Laps
DNF Lewis JONES KTM 2 Laps
DNF Finn SMART Kawasaki 3 Laps
DNF Kai DICKINSON Kawasaki /
DNF Alessandro VALENTE KTM /

Junior Supersport Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Owen JENNER (Kawasaki) 176
2 Seth CRUMP (Kawasaki) 131
3 Brody CROCKFORD (Yamaha) 116
4 Cameron DAWSON (Kawasaki) 95
5 Zak SHELTON (Kawasaki) 85
6 Adon DAVIE (Kawasaki) 82
7 Oscar PINSON (Kawasaki) 62
8 Osian JONES (Kawasaki) 59
9 Kam DIXON (Kawasaki) 57
10 Lewis JONES #25 (KTM) 56
11 Lynden LEATHERLAND (Kawasaki) 54
12 James McMANUS (Kawasaki) 52
13 Joseph THOMAS (Kawasaki) 47
14 Ash BARNES (Kawasaki) 41
15 Kier ARMSTRONG (KTM) 38
16 Cameron HALL (Kawasaki) 38
17 Taz TAYLOR (Kawasaki) 32
18 Jake HOPPER (Kawasaki) 25
19 Lewis JONES #3 (Kawasaki) 22
20 Andrew SMYTH (Kawasaki) 20
21 Declan CONNELL (Kawasaki) 19
22 Chloe JONES (Yamaha) 16
23 Finn SMART (Kawasaki) 16
24 Christopher JOHNSON (Kawasaki) 16
25 Lucca ALLEN (Kawasaki) 12
26 Kai DICKINSON (Kawasaki) 7
27 Harris BEECH (Yamaha) 7
28 Alessandro VALENTE (KTM) 4
29 Mcauley LONGMORE (Kawasaki) 4
30 Connor SELLORS (Kawasaki) 3
31 Rossi BANHAM (Yamaha) 2

Source: MCNews.com.au

Redding dominates Assen BSB | Brookes 14-points behind

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Ten – Assen – Sunday  / Report

Images by David Yeomans

Scott Redding did the double at Assen on the weekend to push his way into the British Superbike Championship lead by 14-points over Josh Brookes. 

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Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

A good start to the weekend by Tom Toparis in the Dickies British Supersport on Saturday unfortunately was followed up a DNF on Syunday.  

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Tom Toparis – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Max Stauffer took seventh in the first International Junior Supersport race of the weekend – maching his qualifying result – and with improved confidence in the second bout looked set to challenge for a podium, but unfortunately crashed out with two laps to run. 

British Superbike Race 1

Scott Redding hit the front early in the first bout ahead of Luke Stapleford, Tommy Bridewell and Josh Brookes. Bridewell was determined to move into second and did so by the end of the opening lap.

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Scott Redding – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

A lap later Ryan Vickers crashed out heavily which saw the BMW Safety Car deployed at the start of the fourth lap. The pack formed up behind with Redding, Bridewell, Stapleford and Brookes first in line with the race resuming on lap six.

Bridewell was pushing hard to take on Redding but on the ninth lap he reached his limit, crashing out at turn nine, with Christian Iddon also falling at the same corner, both riders were unhurt.

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Tommy Bridewell – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Redding broke from the pack at the front of the field, leaving Brookes embroiled in a huge battle for second with Showdown spoilers Stapleford and Jason O’Halloran who had hunted down the pair ahead of him.

By lap 14 the scrap had really intensified with Stapleford making a move on Brookes, only for the Australian to strike straight back to regain the position. As the laps counted down the trio in the battle for second were inseparable and on the penultimate lap Stapleford had the edge over Brookes and O’Halloran.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Brookes still had more fight left though and on the final lap he dived back into second place and as Stapleford drifted slightly wide, O’Halloran saw his opportunity and he was into third for McAMS Yamaha.

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Scott Redding topped the podium from Brookes and O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

As Redding took the flag to claim his eighth win of the season ahead of Brookes, O’Halloran became the 12 different podium finisher of the season ahead of Stapleford, who scored his best result of the season for Buildbase Suzuki.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Xavi Forés was fifth for Honda Racing ahead of Showdown contenders Danny Buchan, Tarran Mackenzie and Peter Hickman who completed the top eight ahead of Bradley Ray and Hector Barbera.

Australian Ben Currie finished Race 1 in 15th.

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Ben Currie – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

British Superbike Race 2

Luke Stapleford launched his Buildbase Suzuki off the line to lead the pack into turn one ahead of Redding, Tommy Bridewell and Brookes as the second race of the Assen BSB weekend got underway. Brookes, the 2015 champion, was instantly on the attack and he moved into third after pushing past the Oxford Racing Ducati of Tommy Bridewell.

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Stapleford, Brookes, O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

The pack was inseparable but a mistake from Stapleford exiting the final chicane on the third lap scattered the pack and it gave Bridewell the opportunity he needed to move into second with Brookes and Redding then hunting him down.

A lap later and a determined Brookes captured the lead with Stapleford separating the Be Wiser Ducati teammates with Jason O’Halloran and Danny Buchan also in close contention.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

By lap seven Redding had made a decisive move into second and had Brookes in his sights before taking the lead a lap later with a dive down the inside. From there Redding tried to make a break, but he was hounded by Brookes.

Bridewell had his sights set on a podium to make amends for his crash in the opening race and by lap ten he had moved into third, to push Stapleford back down into fourth on the Buildbase Suzuki.

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Tommy Bridewell – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Redding then edged out his advantage, but the battle for second was becoming increasingly fierce; Brookes was holding off Bridewell, Buchan and Stapleford but with two laps remaining the Australian was under attack.

On lap 17 Bridewell moved into second and that pushed Brookes slightly off line, which gave Buchan the chance he needed to force through into third for FS-3 Racing Kawasaki. Despite his best counterattack, Brookes couldn’t regain the positions and he missed out on the podium by 0.311s, leaving Assen 14 points adrift of Redding in the standings.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Bridewell and Buchan scored their first podium finishes of the Showdown in the second race with Stapleford again just missing out after his best weekend of the season so far in fifth.

Honda Racing’s Xavi Forés led the next pack home to the chequered flag to hold off race one podium finisher O’Halloran and Showdown contender Peter Hickman in eighth. Dan Linfoot and Bradley Ray completed the top ten with Tarran Mackenzie ending a tough weekend in 13th.

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Xavi Fores – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Ben Currie had to settle for 17th in Race 2, matching his qualifying result, after 15th in Race 1.

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Ben Currie – 2019 BSB Round 10 – Assen

Bennetts British Superbike Race One & Two Results

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Brookes & Irwin share Thruxton BSB Superbike wins

2019 British Superbike Championship
Round Seven – Thruxton

Images by Dave Yeomans

Thruxton saw an exciting weekend of racing conclude on Sunday, with Andrew Irwin claiming the opening Bennetts British Superbike race win of the weekend – his first win in the series – ahead of Scott Redding and Josh Brookes.

In Race 2 however, it was Josh Brookes who maintained his momentum at the high-speed Hampshire circuit to claim the victory for Be Wiser Ducati, regulating Irwin to second-place, while Peter Hickman completed the podium, with Aussie Jason O’Halloran just tenths of a second behind in fourth.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

This marked O’Halloran’s second fourth place of the weekend in a solid result. Fellow Aussie Ben Currie was a DNF in Race 1, and came home in 20th in Race 2.

Taylor Mackenzie claimed the Superstock 1000 race win from Lee Jackson and Billy McConnell, with Richard Cooper launching into the lead from the start but finishing in fourth.

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Kyle Ryde – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

The Supersport class meanwhile saw Kyle Ryde take a narrow win in the second race of the weekend from Jack Kennedy with a tenth of a second between them, with Mason Law a distant third.

Bennetts British Superbike Race 1

At the start of Race 1 Peter Hickman launched off the front row to hit the front of the pack ahead of Andrew Irwin and Jason O’Halloran, but the Honda Racing rider hit the front of the field at the end of the opening lap.

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Peter Hickman – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

His rival instantly hit back to retake the position on the next lap, but Andrew Irwin was back on the attack and he was back in the lead as the pack streamed across the line to start the third lap. O’Halloran though was in fourth place, but he put a move on Christian Iddon and then as the freight train of riders headed into Club on lap four, the Australian had been able to claim the lead for McAMS Yamaha.

As O’Halloran led, the pack had shuffled again and Iddon was then into second place ahead of Andrew Irwin, Hickman, Tommy Bridewell, Scott Redding, Danny Buchan and Josh Brookes on lap six.

A lap later and Andrew Irwin and Hickman were inseparable, but Redding was also on the move and he was into fifth on the leading Be Wiser Ducati. Meanwhile O’Halloran was holding off the chasing pack, but the lead group of nine riders were all in contention.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

On lap ten Hickman moved back into the lead with Iddon then following him through on the brakes as the BMWs held first and second ahead of O’Halloran and Andrew Irwin. O’Halloran was ready to fight back, he made a move at Club a lap later and was back into second place.

The Smiths Racing BMW rider was trying to make a break from the pack, but his rivals could match his pace, while Iddon was dropping back and the Be Wiser Ducati pairing of Redding and Brookes were into fourth and fifth respectively with six laps remaining.

On lap 14 Andrew Irwin then went for a move to take the lead, pushing Hickman pack into second and into the clutches of Redding, O’Halloran and Brookes. Championship leader Redding made his move, lunging ahead of Hickman to move second with O’Halloran still pushing for his first podium of the season.

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

O’Halloran was back into second a lap later before hitting the front of the field on lap 16 as the final strategies were coming into play over the final five laps of the race. The McAMS Yamaha rider was then holding off the pack that had again changed with Andrew Irwin back in second ahead of Brookes and Redding.

With two laps remaining Andrew Irwin had scythed his way back to the front of the pack with O’Halloran then back in second with Brookes and Redding fighting for third, however the 2015 champion was hungry for a top three finish and he was up to second, but on the final lap Redding was ahead of his teammate again.

On the final run into Club Redding looked to try and make a move on Andrew Irwin for the lead as equally Brookes was looking to move ahead of his teammate, however the Honda rider had the edge to cross the line ahead of the Be Wiser Ducati pairing.

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Andrew Irwin topped the Race 1 podium from Scott Redding and Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

O’Halloran just missed out on his first podium finish of the season ahead of Hickman and Buchan, who had worked his way through the pack into sixth. Xavi Forés had another strong performance to hold on to sixth place in the standings ahead of Tommy Bridewell and Luke Mossey. Ryan Vickers was back inside the top ten in his rookie season for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team.

Bennetts British Superbike Race 2

The second race had started with a battle for the lead between O’Halloran and Brookes with Hickman and race one winner Andrew Irwin in the mix, but on lap nine the race was red flagged as light rain began to fall.

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

When the race restarted, Hickman had the jump off the line to lead on the opening lap from Brookes, Andrew Irwin and Bridewell. On the second lap Brookes was coming under fire from a determined Honda Racing rider, but Dan Linfoot was also on the move and he was up into third ahead of Hickman.

However a crash for Glenn Irwin at the Club chicane caused another red flag when the stricken Tyco BMW was in the middle of the track and leaking fluid. The Racesafe marshals worked to clear the scene before the race was restarted again with an eight-lap sprint to the chequered flag.

On the final restart Brookes wasn’t taking any prisoners and he fired himself into the lead and then went to make a break, eventually crossing the line 4.276s ahead of the chasing pack to claim his fifth victory of the season for Be Wiser Ducati.

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

The battle for second ensued behind with Andrew Irwin and Hickman banging fairings in their quest to break into the top six in the standings. The pair were trading blows with Bridewell, Hickman, Iddon, O’Halloran and Redding also all in the mix.

However, a mistake on lap three saw Redding run on at Club and having not completed the re-join into the race correctly, he was issued a long lap penalty. The Be Wiser Ducati rider had three laps to complete the long lap as the race laps counted down, however he failed to do so, and despite crossing the line in a podium position, he was given the ride through equivalent penalty of 15 seconds. That dropped him down to 22nd and outside of the points.

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Andrew Irwin meanwhile had his strongest weekend of his career claiming a second place in race two, ahead of Hickman who was third to take the first podium finish for the new BMW S1000 RR.

O’Halloran had completed his best performance of the season to finish in fourth place for McAMS Yamaha, holding off Bridewell in the closing stages.

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Josh Brookes topped the Race 2 podium from Irwin and Bridewell – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton

Iddon equalled his best race result of the season in sixth place ahead of Xavi Forés, who just dropped outside of the top six in the points ahead of Cadwell Park. Buchan maintained his position inside the top six with an eighth place ahead of Luke Mossey and Linfoot who completed the top ten.

Andrew Irwin – 1-2

“Thruxton has probably been the best weekend of my life, it’s one that you never think will happen! I’ve had so much fun riding this weekend. We did loads of homework on Friday and Saturday and the Fireblade has been so good in all sessions, the boys did an awesome job! It is such an amazing feeling to win! I think I passed Jason going into the last lap or something like that and I felt like I had some tyre left. The pace was funny it went up and down a lot with whoever went to the lead. I just wanted to put a strong lap together on the last lap. It is a dream come true, it’s been a tough road to get here, the best road and I’ve learnt a lot along the way. Whenever I won a Supersport race, I only won one but my team-mate helped me along the way so this feels like my first proper win that I’ve ever got so I’m delighted and I can’t thank Honda enough for all their hard work.”

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Andrew Irwin – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
Josh Brookes – 3-1

“Tyre conservation is on your mind all weekend here at Thruxton so with the second race going from 20 laps to 13 laps and then down to eight laps, I could ride exactly how I wanted to and just went full speed as the tyre was always going to last eight laps.I just got my head down and went for it and whilst it may not have been as close as the first race, I enjoyed it a lot more. The field is so level now, every race is tough but Pirelli have done a great job with the tyres and they’re a little bit easier to manage around here now and although I still wanted more from myself, I was happy with the first race podium.I got pushed around a bit too much on track and needed to find a little bit more confidence, so the second race win has given me exactly what I needed and it’s great to be back on the top step.”

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Josh Brookes – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
Jason O’Halloran – 4-4

“It was good to get some solid finishes. I am a little bit disappointed not to be on the podium as I felt we had really good pace in both races. We’ll take fourth today, the boys have done a good job. I’ve said it the last couple of rounds, if we get a full weekend without any issues in practice and qualifying and we’ll be back up the sharp end and that’s what we’ve done this weekend. Everybody has done a great job and it feels nice to have some momentum and build through the first two days of the weekend. I had a crash at Snetterton and to be honest I’ve had a bit of an issue with my left shoulder, so I have to thank my physio and the physio team at the track. We’ve got a couple of weeks off before Cadwell, so I’ll try and get a bit fitter and see if we can carry this momentum to Cadwell.”

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Jason O’Halloran – 2019 British Superbike Championship Round 10, Thruxton
Xavi Forés – 7-7

“To be honest I feel frustrated this weekend, I had good pace to be on the podium, but starting towards the back of the grid was hard to manage. The first few laps here are crazy and I had to adapt quite a bit to be strong in the first part of the race. The second race I did the third fastest lap, which means I am always improving lap-by-lap. Coming home with two seventh place finishes is good for me, especially at this kind of track where I have not ridden before and it’s not easy for me to defend my position. I feel if we can improve our qualification for the next races we will be so much more competitive. Good job from all the team, we had a great weekend and especially with Andrew’s win and podium, I feel we now have a really good package with the Fireblade.”

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Redding leads Brookes for Ducati 1-2 at Snetterton

2019 British Superbike Championship

Round Six – Snetterton

Scott Redding has proven unstoppable across both BSB Superbike races at Snetterton, with Australian Josh Brookes hot on his heels. Redding claimed both wins and Brookes was regulated to runner-up in each race for a Ducati 1-2, with MacKenzie and Bridewell sharing the final podium positions. Redding leads the standings, with Josh Brookes now three-points off Bridewell in third.

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Scott Redding and Josh Brookes – Snetterton BSB 2019

Jason O’Halloran took ninth in Race 1, however a crash in Race 2 delivered a DNF result, and made for his third crash of the weekend. Ben Currie returned from injury and laid claim to 19th in Race 1, however was directed not to take part in Race 2 due to pain from his injury, with recovery ongoing.

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Jason O’Halloran – Snetterton BSB 2019

Jack Kennedy took the Supersport Sprint win ahead of Brad Jones and Alastair Seeley, while the feature race saw Rob Guiver claim the win from Sean Nearv and Josh Day. Jack Kennedy leads the Supersport standings to Thruxton.

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Billy McConnell – Snetterton BSB 2019

Billy McConnell also made a strong return to the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 series claiming fourth despite his lengthy lay-off and surgeries, with fellow Aussie Levi Day happy coming home in seventh. Richard Cooper took the race win from Lee Jackson and Taylor Mackenzie. Richard Cooper leads the standings, with Day 10th and McConnell 14th.

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Levi Day – Snetterton BSB 2019

Superbikes Race 1

At the start of the race one Tarran Mackenzie got an incredible launch off the line to lead the pack on the opening lap ahead of Brookes and Redding with Tommy Bridewell in fourth. The rider was not happy to settle where he was though and was instantly on the attack, moving ahead of Redding into Agostini for the first time.

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Tarran Mackenzie took the Race 1 holeshot- Snetterton BSB 2019

On the fourth lap Bridewell had moved into second with a decisive dive down the inside at Riches, pushing Brookes back into third. At the front, Bridewell claimed the lead ahead of Mackenzie as Redding moved into third. Bridewell tried to make a break from the pack but he made a mistake into Agostini a lap later and crashed out unhurt.

Redding had cut through into second and with Bridewell out of the race he captured the race lead, but behind there was an intense battle between Brookes and Mackenzie with the pair trading blows for several laps. The fight between the pair gave Redding the opportunity to edge out a gap, but Brookes was then able to get the better of Mackenzie and keep him behind over the closing stages.

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Scott Redding quickly reclaimed the lead – Snetterton BSB 2019

Danny Buchan maintained his position inside the top six in the standings with a fourth place, but the FS-3 Racing Kawasaki rider had a lonely end to the race. However behind him there was a scrap between the Honda Racing pairing; Xavi Forés and Andrew Irwin colliding on the final lap, but both formation flying to the finish line with the Spaniard having the edge at the chequered flag.

Peter Hickman was also in the group and he held off Luke Mossey for seventh place ahead of Jason O’Halloran who had a strong race to carve through the field from his seventh row start on the second McAMS Yamaha. Christian Iddon completed the top ten, passing his teammate Michael Laverty in the final moments of the race on his return after his Knockhill injury.

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Jason O’Halloran took ninth in Race 1- Snetterton BSB 2019

Superbikes Race 2

In race two Brookes had the perfect start off the line to lead the pack into Riches for the first time ahead of Redding, Bridewell and Mackenzie. Jason O’Halloran meanwhile had also made a good start to move into fifth on the second of the McAMS Yamahas. The Australian though crashed out on the fourth lap at Brundle, ending his race prematurely.

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Josh Brookes took the early lead in Race 2 from Scott Redding – Snetterton BSB 2019

At the front Brookes held the lead until there were just three laps remaining as Redding made a dive down the inside on the brakes at the end of the Bentley Straight to take the lead. The race one winner was able to hold off his Be Wiser Ducati teammate to the finish line.

However it was a double disaster for Mackenzie who crashed out at Wilson on lap eleven as he bid to close down Bridewell for the final podium position. The Oxford Racing Ducati rider bounced back from his race one crash to claim third place and maintain his second place position in the championship standings ahead of Brookes.

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Tommy Bridewell – Snetterton BSB 2019

In the battle for fourth place Irwin scored his best result of the season so far for Honda Racing, holding off Peter Hickman and Iddon who had a strong performance despite still recovering from his Knockhill injuries.

Hector Barbera had an impressive performance on his first visit to Snetterton on the Quattro Plant JG Speedfit Kawasaki, taking the chequered flag ahead of Forés who maintained his position inside the top six in the overall standings.

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Christian Iddon and Peter Hickman – Snetterton BSB 2019

Michael Laverty and Luke Mossey completed the top ten, whilst Buchan and Josh Elliott failed to score points after both crashing in individual incidents on the sighting lap.

Scott Redding

“I felt better with the bike in race two, I felt more comfortable and more confident but I didn’t know whether I could be faster. Then when I passed Josh I went faster, so I learnt I need to believe in myself a bit more. I tried to see what the other guys were doing with the tyres in the race as I didn’t want to break away and then have an issue later on. Again, I’m still learning, I’m still a rookie in this class and I don’t know the tracks. I’m really happy and I had a wicked time this weekend the fans have been amazing, we’ve had great fun, the reception was amazing. To come back with a pole and two race wins – I can’t take much more. To be a Monster athlete and for them to have an event here and for me to win the Race of Aces Trophy just puts the icing on the cake really.”

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Scott Redding – Snetterton BSB 2019
Josh Brookes 2-2

“I felt really strong at the end of the first race and whilst I was being a little bit conservative in the early stages, the battle I had with Tarran Mackenzie cost both of us time and it allowed Scott to make a bit of a break. By the time I got up to second, it was too big a gap to bridge but it was a good start to the day. We made a slight change in between races and it allowed me to push to the limit so with a good start, I felt comfortable out front. I felt like I was controlling the race well but when Scott came by, he seemed to have just a little bit in reserve and had enough of a gap so I couldn’t get back by. Given where I was on Friday, I’ve got to be happy with two second place finishes, so we’ll work hard to find that bit extra to try and get back on the top step at the next round.”

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Josh Brookes – Snetterton BSB 2019

Andrew Irwin scored his best result so far this season, closing his gap to the top-six thanks to a 5-4 result, achieving his goal of dual top-six results.

Andrew Irwin 5-4

“I keep saying I want two-top sixes near enough every round we’ve been to, it’s what I wanted and we’re coming away from here with a fifth and fourth, which is a step in the right direction! At Knockhill we finished the last race in fifth and we are starting to be where we belong inside the top-six, and hopefully we can continue to close the gap to the Showdown. We took six points out of Xavi this weekend, so we go to Thruxton looking to take another set of points out of him to try and close that down. I’m really happy, the team are working so hard and the Fireblade is working well, so I’m pleased with the progress and the fourth place finish today!”

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Andrew Irwin – Snetterton BSB 2019

Hickman remains in seventh place in the overall standings but has made up ground towards Xavi Fores who holds sixth position, with a crash during qualifying a rare mistake, which was then followed up with strong results in a seventh and fifth across the two races.

Peter Hickman 7-5

“Overall, it’s been a strong weekend and after being in the top three for most of practice, it was a real shame I made a small mistake in qualifying as it cost me a second row start at least. We’re still having an issue with getting the bike stopped and we’re still running a stock engine so it was hard going in both races and although seventh in race one was a good effort, I knew I could improve upon it in race two. I was further back on the grid, but I made a good start and am really pleased to have finished fifth and also close in a little bit on Fores in sixth. Snetterton has never been one of my best circuits but the next two rounds are Thruxton and Cadwell, places I really enjoy and go well at so I’m looking to take full advantage and claw back the deficit I currently have.”

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Peter Hickman chases Dan Linfoot – Snetterton BSB 2019

Xavi Forés collected valuable points with sixth in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2, holding onto sixth in the standings.

Xavi Forés 6-8

“To be honest this weekend has been harder than I expected; I like the track and enjoyed my laps but honestly from the first day I had a small issue with the bike and was never able to solve it, and for the races it was not so easy to manage. Race 1 I was trying to defend my position and had a good battle with Andrew, but at the end I got some important points and finished in the top-six. I did expect a little more and especially in the second race, but the first part was really, really bad for me, I never felt a good grip on the apexes, especially in the first ten laps. After that I was able to manage a little more and able to almost have the same pace as the top-four, but unfortunately it was too late and sometimes it’s quite frustrating when you lose so much gap at the start. But anyway, sixth and eighth isn’t so bad for my first time here in Snetterton and I am looking forward to Thruxton in order to keep the Showdown still alive! I want to say thanks to all the team, we made a good job inside the box and see you at Thruxton!”

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Xavi Fores – Snetterton BSB 2019

Mackenzie took a spot on the podium in Race 1 and got a good start in Race 2 before the Ducatis started to pull away in the early stages. Initially trying to save his tyre, the 23-year-old began to close the gap but lost the rear at Wilson on lap 11.

Tarran Mackenzie 3- DNF

“Race one was obviously really good. I ended up third and felt like I put together a good race in the first two thirds, but the last third was a bit difficult. When I saw Tommy went out it was hard to go with the two PBM bikes so I settled for third. In race two I didn’t get the best of starts, held my position in fourth and the Ducatis got away a bit. I was trying hard to catch them and setting quite a good pace. I was slowly catching them towards the end, but ended up losing the rear and then losing the front from that. I feel like I’m riding really well, it was another solid weekend and we were in the top two for a lot of it. I’m really happy, to be honest. Finishing fourth would be OK but I’d rather finish third for podium points. I’ll keep trying and come back at Thruxton even stronger.”

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Tarran Mackenzie – Snetterton BSB 2019

Bad luck awaited Australian rider Jason O’Halloran when he endured three crashes at Snetterton, the first two in practice and open qualifying, while ninth in Race 1 from the seventh row was a good result. Unfortunately in Race 2 a third row start saw O’Halloran move up to fifth only to crash out.

Jason O’Halloran 9 – DNF

“I’m OK, I’ve got a little bit of an injury on my left hand where you can see the bone on my knuckle but other than that I’m alright. Thanks to the guys at the medical centre for cleaning it up and patching it up. I was happy with the first race, we haven’t been able to do a lot of laps this weekend so to get 16 laps under our belt was really beneficial. We came from 21st to ninth and kept fighting all the way to the end. We made some changes for race two and, starting from a better position, we got away well and I was feeling comfortable in fifth. All was looking good until I highsided out! We’ve a few things to work on for Thruxton and look for a clean smooth weekend. We’ve go the pace, the potential is there with both me and the bike, we’ve just got to have a clean smooth weekend and it’ll come together.”

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Jason O’Halloran – Snetterton BSB 2019

Australian Ben Currie also made his return from injury, riding home to 19th in Race 1, but was advised by the team manager not to race in the second race due to the pain he was suffering in his foot.

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Ben Currie – Snetterton BSB 2019
Ben Currie

“I didn’t opt not to race I was told not to. Sorry to my sponsors!”

BSB Round Snetterton Ben Currie
Ben Currie – Snetterton BSB 2019

Snetterton Superbike Results

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Tarran Mackenzie on pole for BSB season opener

2019 British Superbike
Round One – Silverstone

Tarran Mackenzie claimed his first pole position in the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone this afternoon, holding off his hard-charging team-mate Jason O’Halloran by 0.054s whilst Scott Redding fired himself onto the front row ahead of his BSB race debut tomorrow (Sunday).

SBK Jason Ohalloran
Jason O’Halloran

There was a dramatic start to the opening Datatag Qualifying session of the season for Josh Brookes, who suffered a technical problem with his Be Wiser Ducati, causing a brief red flag delay and the 2015 champion will start 18th on the grid for tomorrow’s opening race.

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Josh Brookes Ducati failed him

It was a close battle to qualify for Q2 with 24 riders covered by just 0.728s and the first rider to narrowly miss out was Quattro Plant – JG Speedfit Kawasaki’s Ben Currie in the closing seconds of the opening session.

SBK QP Ben Currie
Ben Currie

In Q2 there was another incredible battle to be inside the top nine to qualify for the final Q3 stage; the Honda Racing pairing narrowly missed out on making the cut, just 0.056s putting Andrew Irwin the first in the drop zone adrift of Christian Iddon, who held ninth for Tyco BMW.

SBK Josh Elliott
Josh Elliott

When Q3 got underway Mackenzie was straight out of pitlane and instantly on the attack for a flying lap, setting the benchmark early ahead of O’Halloran and Josh Elliot as OMG Racing Suzuki qualified for the final qualifying stage for the first time.

Redding meanwhile had been building momentum during his first Datatag Qualifying experience and he moved into sixth, before a final attack put him into third and on the front row ahead of his much-anticipated race debut.

Elliot was able to hold off his team-mate Luke Mossey to head the second row as the OMG Racing Suzuki celebrated their strongest qualifying performances to date ahead of Dan Linfoot on the Santander Salt TAG Yamaha.

SBK Tommy Bridewell
Tommy Bridewell

Tommy Bridewell and the Oxford Racing Ducati team will start in seventh place after their hard work to rebuild the stricken machine after yesterday’s crash with Christian Iddon and Luke Stapleford completing the top nine.

2019 British Superbike
Round One – Silverstone
Qualifying Times

  1. Tarran Mackenzie – Yamaha 53.549 Q3
  2. Jason O’Halloran – Yamaha 53.604 Q3
  3. Scott Redding – Ducati 53.607 Q3
  4. Josh Elliott – Suzuki 53.738 Q3
  5. Luke Mossey – Suzuki 53.808 Q3
  6. Dan Linfoot – Yamaha 53.874 Q3
  7. Tommy Bridewell – Ducati 53.893 Q3
  8. Christian Iddon – BMW 54.081 Q3
  9. Luke Stapleford – Suzuki 54.223 Q3
  10. Andrew Irwin – Honda 54.122 Q2
  11. Xavi Fores – Honda 54.181 Q2
  12. Claudio Corti – Kawasaki 54.238 Q2
  13. Ryan Vickers – Kawasaki 54.274 Q2
  14. Danny Buchan – Kawasaki 54.309 Q2
  15. Glenn Irwin – Kawasaki 54.325 Q2
  16. Bradley Ray – Suzuki 54.381 Q2
  17. David Allingham – Yamaha 54.680 Q2
  18. Josh Brookes – Ducati 54.213 Q1
  19. Ben Currie – Kawasaki 54.380 Q1
  20. Keith Farmer – BMW 54.489 Q1
  21. Peter Hickman – BMW 54.507 Q1
  22. Sylvain Barrier – Ducati 54.656 Q1
  23. Matt Truelove – Yamaha 54.711 Q1
  24. Joe Francis – BMW 54.730 Q1
  25. Shaun Winfield – Yamaha 55.104 Q1
  26. James Ellison – BMW 55.288 Q1
  27. Dean Harrison – Kawasaki 55.332 Q1
  28. Fraser Rogers – Kawasaki 55.341 Q1
  29. Dean Hipwell – Kawasaki 55.357 Q1
  30. James Hiller – Kawasaki 55.568 Q1
  31. Sam Coventry – Kawasaki 55.734 Q1
  32. Conor Cummins – Honda 55.744 Q1

Tarran Mackenzie – P1

“It feels really good to be on pole position as I didn’t have the best pre-season really. I felt good on the bike but I just wasn’t that fast, so coming here after the test I was a bit more confident. In Q2 the bike felt perfect so I felt happy going into Q3, I didn’t expect pole position so this is awesome and I can’t wait for tomorrow.”

SBK Pole Tarran Mackenzie
Tarran Mackenzie

Scott Redding – P3

“If you are an adrenaline junkie that was exactly what you want to do – for me that was insane! I am used to one qualifying session and then maybe a second one. You don’t want to make a mistake in Q1 but then in Q3 you just close your eyes and go all in. That was so much adrenaline and I am super happy with that. I was a bit nervous to start with but this system is amazing as you can get clear laps at the end. I wanted to go for the pole position, that was my mindset and I think how it was for everyone. Unfortunately it wasn’t me today but it is a good start to my season.”

SBK Scott Redding
Scott Redding

British Superstock 1000

Richard Cooper enjoyed a perfect start to his Pirelli National Superstock 1000 Championship with a double win in the two opening races.

STK Cooper Leads
Richard Cooper leads STK1000

In the first 24 lap race, it was Cooper who grabbed the holeshot ahead of Taylor Mackenzie and Alex Olsen. Maintaining positions for the opening half of the race, Olsen made his move into the lead but was unable to break away leaving it a battle until the last lap to decide the victor.

STK Richard Cooper
Richard Cooper

Coming into the final corner in the lead, a problem for Olsen saw Cooper slice his way past to take victory with Mackenzie also taking advantage to claim second place.

The start of the second 24 lap race was almost a replica of the first as again Mackenzie, Cooper and Olsen were able to break away from the rest of the field to fight for the victory amongst themselves.

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STK1000 Podium – Cooper P1, Mackenzie P2, Olsen P3

Trading places throughout the race, it came down to another last corner move as Cooper fought his way past Mackenzie and was able to fend off a late challenge to the line to claim a double win. Olsen was again third whilst behind him Lee Jackson took a brace of fourth place finishes.

STK Billy McConnell
Billy McConnell

South Australia’s Billy McConnell scored 18th and 7th places across the two races while Brayden Elliott finished 26th in the first bout before improving to 16th place in the second race of the weekend.

STK Brayden Elliott
Brayden Elliott

British Supersport

Jack Kennedy kicked off his title defence with victory in the opening Dickies British Supersport race after an epic battle with Alastair Seeley over the final few laps. Kennedy grabbed the holeshot into the first corner, with team mate Brad Jones in close contention behind and Seeley running third.

Supersport Kennedy Leads
Jack Kennedy leads Supersport

The two Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha riders were able to pull a gap of one second over the Seeley during the opening third of the race but a string of fast laps from the ‘Wee Wizard’ saw him close up, taking the lead at the start of lap. The trio traded places throughout the closing laps, coming down to the final lap as Kennedy past Seeley coming onto the back straight to take victory.

Lee Johnston was fourth whilst Kyle Ryde was the leading GP2 Cup rider in fifth. Sam Wilford was second in the GP2 class, sixth overall, whilst Jamie Perrin was third in the class (ninth overall).

British Supersport Race One Results
  1. Jack Kennedy (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha)
  2. Alastair Seeley (EHA Racing Yamaha) +0.194s
  3. Brad Jones (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) +0.440s
  4. Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha) +7.701s
  5. Kyle Ryde (Kovara By RS Racing Kalex GP2) +7.926s
  6. Sam Wilford (IDWe RAcinh Honda HP2) +11.398s
Supersport Kennedy Seeley Jones
British Supersport Race One Results
Jack Kennedy (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha)
Alastair Seeley (EHA Racing Yamaha) +0.194s
Brad Jones (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) +0.440s
Dickies British Supersport Championship Standings
  1. Jack Kennedy (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) 25
  2. Alastair Seeley (EHA Racing Yamaha) 20
  3. Brad Jones (Colin Appleyard Macadam Yamaha) 16
  4. Lee Johnston (Ashcourt Racing Yamaha) 13
  5. Kyle Ryde (Kovara By RS Racing Kalex GP2) 11
  6. Sam Wilford (IDWe RAcinh Honda HP2) 10

Images by Dave Yeomans

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