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Iddon tops Snetterton BSB Test as injured Brookes on sidelines

BSB 2021

Weather affected both the first and final days of a three-day official British Superbike Championship Test at Snetterton this week.  Day one of the latest round of the test tour was effectively washed out on Tuesday at the Norfolk track with virtually none of the riders venturing out in any of the sessions before Wednesday dawned brighter and saw Iddon, on Paul Bird’s factory supported VisionTrack Ducati Panigale V4R, on the pace.

The 36 year old from Stockport, but now based at Blaydon on Tyneside, set fastest time in Wednesday’s morning session before waiting until the final moments of the second session in the afternoon to post his best lap, which put him 0.166s ahead of fellow Ducati rider Tommy Bridewell.

The rain returned for the third session and teams chose to end the day early in preparation for Thursday’s final day of testing, but once again the weather proved to be the only winner, and Iddon, who took his maiden Bennetts BSB victory at Snetterton last year, was forced to end the day early along with everyone else.

Christian Iddon

“It was very good to top the only two sessions that really happened so from that point of view, it Christian Iddonwas a real confidence booster. Not only that, I felt we were strong, and the bike was good although we couldn’t really get our teeth into things and we didn’t get to try a lot of what we had planned. It’s a shame we couldn’t do more laps, but it wasn’t just the wet weather, the track was just too cold, and it wouldn’t have made sense to go out and we had nothing to gain. We started where we finished at Silverstone and got some really good data so we will take what we learned into the next test at Oulton in a couple of weeks and then the one after that at Donington as we build towards the season ahead.”

Christian Iddon

Tommy Bridewell made it a Ducati 1-2 atop the charts but defending champion Josh Brookes was present at the Snetterton test but didn’t ride following a finger injury sustained at Silverstone last week. The 37-year-old Bedfordshire-based Aussie had a minor operation under local anaesthetic on Sunday to repair the little finger on his left hand but because of the poor weather forecast and to prevent any complications, it was decided to keep the number one VisionTrack Ducati parked up. Brookes plans to be back in action along with his team-mate Iddon at the next official test which takes place at Oulton Park on May 19th.

Danny Buchan and Kyle Ryde were third and fourth respectively on BMW machinery and TT racer Peter Hickman again showed good short circuit form on his FHO Racing BMW.  With no pure roads racing for more than 18 months, and none of that action on the immediate horizon, the Isle of Man TT lap record holder ended the test fifth quickest.

Peter Hickman

The Snetterton test has been quite positive for us and although we didn’t get in as much riding as we would have liked, with two sessions yesterday, but the news is the BMW felt good straight off. If you look at the times it was pretty evident from all of the BMW teams.   Again, it is very early days still for us and I am happy that I feel comfortable on it at another different track, so that is a big positive after some changes we made at Silverstone. Yesterday I didn’t feel like I was pushing that hard and we didn’t go for a fast lap and so it was nice to be in the top five. We had made some changes to test today to hopefully try and improve the pace again, but unfortunately that didn’t happen, so we can move on to Oulton Park where hopefully we can get some more track time in.”

Peter Hickman – Image by David Yeomans

Jason O’Halloran was 14th quickest.

Jason O’Halloran – Image by David Yeomans

The opening round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship takes place over the weekend of 25/27 June at Oulton Park.

BSB Official Test, Snetterton
Superbike Combined Times

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Christian IDDON Ducati 1m49.162
2 Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati +0.166
3 Danny BUCHAN BMW +0.298
4 Kyle RYDE BMW +0.357
5 Peter HICKMAN BMW +0.413
6 Glenn IRWIN Honda +0.486
7 Andrew IRWIN BMW +0.575
8 Xavi FORÉS BMW +0.658
9 Ryan VICKERS Kawasaki +0.694
10 Lee JACKSON Kawasaki +1.081
11 Gino REA Suzuki +1.181
12 Josh OWENS Kawasaki +2.145
13 Rory SKINNER Kawasaki +2.324
14 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha +2.376
15 Danny KENT Suzuki +2.416
16 Tarran MACKENZIE Yamaha +2.798
17 Takumi TAKAHASHI Honda +3.195
18 Dan LINFOOT Honda +3.542
19 Storm STACEY Kawasaki +3.605
20 Luke HOPKINS Honda +4.470
21 Dean HARRISON Kawasaki +4.741
22 Joe FRANCIS BMW +4.845
23 Ryo MIZUNO Honda +5.300
24 Brian McCORMACK BMW +5.894
25 Brad JONES BMW +6.195
26 Joey THOMPSON BMW +9.324

GP2 / Junior Superstock / Ducati TriOptions

Charlie Nesbitt was the quickest GP2 rider at the Snetterton test ahead of Dan Jones and Jamie Perrin.

Seth Crump – Image by David Yeomans

Zac Corderoy topped the Junior Supersport ranks ahead of Joe Talbot while Australian entrant Seth Crump was 12th quickest in the category.

Combined Results

Pos Class Rider Time/Gap
1 GP2 Charlie NESBITT 1m54.956
2 JSTK Zak CORDEROY +0.185
3 DUC Josh DAY +1.016
4 GP2 Dan JONES +1.312
5 JSTK Joe TALBOT +1.706
6 GP2 Jamie PERRIN +1.715
7 DUC Elliott PINSON +1.829
8 JSTK Kade VERWEY +1.887
9 DUC Chris WALKER +2.197
10 GP2 Cameron HORSMAN +2.256
11 JSTK Simon REID +2.527
12 GP2 Mason LAW +2.611
13 GP2 Jake ARCHER +2.617
14 JSTK Jack NIXON +2.887
15 GP2 Cameron FRASER +2.916
16 DUC Seb BULPIN +2.931
17 JSTK Eugene McMANUS +3.224
18 JSTK Adam HARTGROVE +3.278
19 DUC Edmund BEST +3.350
20 JSTK George STANLEY +3.481
21 JSTK Max COOK +3.748
22 JSTK Liam DELVES +3.910
23 JSTK Daniel BROOKS +3.925
24 JSTK Seth CRUMP +4.295
25 JSTK Luke VERWEY +4.459
26 DUC Craig CURRIE +4.717
27 JSTK Owen JENNER +5.162
28 JSTK Asher DURHAM +5.443
29 JSTK Trystan FINOCCHIARO +5.665
30 JSTK Charlie FARRER +5.861
31 JSTK Jack BEDNAREK +6.062
32 JSTK Connor THOMSON +6.495
33 DUC Daniel BOUCHER +6.538
34 JSTK Charlie ATKINS +7.183
35 DUC Oliver SAVAGE +7.316
36 DUC Andre COMPTON +7.372
37 JSTK Kyla BARRINGTO +7.673
38 JSTK Michael OWENS +7.677
39 JSTK Kier ARMSTRONG +7.797
40 GP2 Harvey CLARIDGE +7.824
41 GP2 Conor WHEELER +8.292
43 JSTK Lynden LEATHERLAND +9.103
44 JSTK Jake HOPPER +9.829
45 JSTK Jake CAMPBELL +11.587

National Superstock / British Supersport

Billy McConnell returns to the STK1000 fold in 2021 on the Rich Energy OMG BMW and was third quickest in this weather distrupted test just ahead of countryman Brayden Elliott.  Matt Truelove topped the STK1000 rankings on a BMW S 1000 RR.

Billy McConnell – Image by David Yeomans

South Australian Levi Day is back in the British Superstock 1000 Championship this season after a couple of years racing the Ducati Tri-Options Cup. Day had gearbox problems that cost them testing time at a recent Mallory Park test session and unfortunately an engine failure on the Powerslide/AJN Steelstock Suzuki also affected this test. After a big effort from the team Day got back on track to finish the test seventh quickest.

Levi Day – Image by David Yeomans

Kiwi Damon Rees was just inside the STK1000 top 20.

British Supersport riders participated in the same session as STK1000 riders and in the 600 category Bradley Perie topped the sessions from perennial Supersport yardstick Jack Kennedy. Victorian rider Ben Currie was well inside the top ten and hopes to have his new Gearlink Kawasaki machines ready before the season opener.

Ben Currie – Image by David Yeomans

2021 Junior Supersport & Honda British Talent Cup

The Honda British Talent Cup have had their first taste of 2021 track action at Snetterton 300, with two days of testing prefaced by a briefing and some photo shoots. The weather didn’t play perfectly into the hands of motorcycle racing, however, with Thursday suffering cold temperatures and rain affecting play all day. Wednesday did give the class of 2021 chance to get solid good dry running in ahead of the season opener though, and it was James Cook (Wilson Racing) who topped the timesheets.

Cook’s best saw him end the test 0.184 ahead of the game, with Harrison Crosby (Banks Racing) slotting into second. Crosby also reversed that order in one session, the only rider deposing Cook during the dry sessions at the test. Cormac Buchanan (Microlise Cresswell Racing) was third quickest, three tenths off the top, as he got to grips with BTC machinery. The New Zealander will race in the BTC in 2021 at rounds that don’t clash with the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup, where he also debuts this year.

Combined Results

Pos Class Rider Time/Gap
1 BTC James COOK 2m08.273
2 BTC Harrison CROSBY +0.184
3 BTC Cormac BUCHANAN +0.296
4 BTC Ollie WALKER +0.474
5 BTC Ryan HITCHCOCK +0.770
6 BTC Sullivan MOUNSEY +1.360
7 BTC Evan BELFORD +1.906
8 BTC Rossi DOBSON +2.311
9 JSP Cameron DAWSON +2.692
10 JSP Zak SHELTON +2.876
11 BTC Lucas BROWN +2.942
12 JSP James McMANUS +3.218
13 JSP Brody CROCKFORD +3.276
14 BTC Evan PENDRILL +4.155
15 BTC Mason JOHNSON +4.186
16 JSP Kam DIXON +4.263
17 JSP Osian JONES +4.385
18 JSP Finn SMART-WEEDEN +4.933
19 BTC Luca HOPKINS +5.004
20 JSP Joe FARRAGHER +5.048
21 JSP Christopher JOHNSON +5.081
22 JSP Lucca ALLEN +5.163
23 JSP Annabel THOMAS +5.198
24 BTC Rossi BANHAM +5.201
25 BTC Alfie DAVIDSON +5.403
26 BTC Rhys STEPHENSON +6.002
27 JSP Harry COOK +6.008
28 JSP Chloe JONES +6.086
29 JSP Kieran SMITH +6.189
30 BTC Lucas HILL +6.306
31 JSP Declan CONNELL +6.472
32 BTC Harrison DESSOY +6.478
33 JSP Lewis JONES +6.557
34 BTC Kiyano VEIJER +6.621
36 BTC Peter WILLIS +7.200
37 BTC Bailey STUART-CAMPBELL +7.213
38 JSP Joe ELLIS +7.339
39 BTC Troy JEFFREY +7.492
40 JSP Chris MOFFITT +7.746
41 BTC Harrison MACKAY +7.794
42 JSP Bradley WILSON +8.085
43 JSP Mikey HARDIE +8.206
44 BTC Holly HARRIS +8.539
45 JSP Jacob STEPHENSON +8.602
46 JSP Kieran KENT +8.804
47 BTC Alexander ROWAN +9.079
48 JSP Connor SELLORS +10.240
49 JSP Oliver MORGAN-EDWARDS +10.437
50 JSP Christian SMITH +11.768
51 JSP Calum BEACH +14.331
52 JSP Luke GILBY +14.437
53 BTC Ross MOORE +15.285

2021 British Superbike Championship Calendar

Round Location Races
Official Test T1 – Silverstone National – 28 – 29 April
Official Test T2 – Snetterton 300 – 04 – 06 May
Official Test T3 – Oulton Park – 19 May
Official Test T4 – Donington Park (National) – 08 June
Round 1 Oulton Park – 25 – 27 June Triple Header
Round 2 Knockhill – 09 – 11 July Triple Header
Round 3 Brands Hatch Gp – 23 – 25 July Triple Header
Round 4 Thruxton – 30 – 01 August Triple Header
Round 5 Donington Park (National) – 13 – 15 August Triple Header
Round 6 Cadwell Park – 20 – 22 August Triple Header
Round 7 Snetterton 300 – 03 – 05 September Triple Header
Round 8 Silverstone National – 10 – 12 September Triple Header
Round 9 Oulton Park – 24 – 26 September Triple Header
Round 10 Donington Park Gp – 01 – 03 October Triple Header
Round 11 Brands Hatch Gp – 15 – 17 October Triple Header


Source: MCNews.com.au

Brookes injured in Silverstone BSB test crash | O’Halloran P5

2021 British Superbike Championship
Silverstone Test

Images by David Yeomans Photography

Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin has completed the Silverstone BSB test on top of the time-sheets, setting the fastest ever BSB lap by 0.090s, in a strong start to the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike Championship. Day two saw a reshuffle of the fastest riders, as Australia’s Jason O’Halloran was pushed down the sheets, with Josh Brookes suffering a nasty crash that ended his day.

A crash for Josh Brookes ended his day early

The top 17 riders were covered by just 0.988s on combined times after the two days on circuit, with four different manufacturers represented in the top four positions ahead of next week’s second test at Snetterton.

Jason O’Halloran was fastest Aussie

Glenn Irwin’s lap record-breaking time came in the penultimate session of the test, with the Honda Racing rider putting himself firmly at the head of the times, although McAMS Yamaha rider Tarran Mackenzie was also under the existing record and just 0.016s adrift of his rival.

Glenn Irwin – P1

“It has been a really productive test and one of two halves; yesterday the pace was slower than last year and you put it down to conditions, but it was also similar conditions today. I think we all know how to ride, but I think you forget all the niche things that make you compete at this level and I feel we did that better today. I improved today and we had a lot that we needed to get through here. We tried some new things that we thought might not even work, but the lap time in the third session was really good and I was happy. In the final session I was on another faster lap so I was buzzing, but I came across another rider in the last sector so didn’t get to complete it, but it has been a good day and the team have worked amazing. We can’t be complacent as we don’t know what everyone else is working on, but I feel strong and we can now look forward to the next test at Snetterton.”

Glenn Irwin

Tarran Mackenzie – P2

“The first day of the test was a bit of a nightmare for a few reasons out of our control, but things went a lot better on Thursday! It was nice to have a full day of trying things and getting a better feeling for the bike. The setting is very similar to what we ran last year so it’s just a case of fine tuning that. I had a good first session and then built on from that. We called it a day in the last session as it was a bit too cold and we’d done everything we needed to do. We are going to Snetterton with a good feeling on the bike and feeling confident, so we’re looking forward to it.”

Tarran Mackenzie

Silverstone again proved to be a strong circuit for the Buildbase Suzuki team and after setting the pace at lunchtime, Danny Kent’s time in that session put him third overall on the combined times as he proved to put his track knowledge to use as he prepares for his new campaign.

Danny Kent – P3

“I’ve got to be happy with that at the end of the day. This, really, was my first proper go on a Superbike with a good team around me that know the bike and have the experience, so to come away in the top three; it feels good. I was a bit worried; you have thoughts about if you’ll be fast enough when it comes to it and people have asked that question of me – and understandably maybe – but I think today’s answered those questions, and confidence is pretty high at the moment. The objective at this test was to just get comfortable, and I wanted to come away feeling like the bike was mine, and we definitely achieved that. The bike felt great and the team have done a really good job. They’ve got so much experience at this level I just rode the bike and let them make any changes they wanted to make. The result was it made doing the lap times so easy and I think with a more experienced rider than me onboard it could easily have topped the times. I just kept making the odd mistake when pushing hard and I’d over ride and do the wrong things to go fast. So I’ve got a bit of learning to do still but I think I could have gone faster. Plus we lost nearly two sessions with a crash on Wednesday morning. Being at Silverstone made it easier as I know that track, and I know it’ll be harder at Snetterton. But I also know the bike can go fast there. It’s just going to be a case of putting the laps in, learning the circuit, the bike, and keep building that connection. For the first day back it feels pretty good.”

Danny Kent

Kyle Ryde showed impressive pace with the new BMW M 1000 RR to post the fourth fastest time for the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW team, he had topped the timesheets in the final session of the test, despite conditions meaning the pace couldn’t match what was set earlier in the day.

Jason O’Halloran

Jason O’Halloran had set the pace on the opening day of testing action and the McAMS Yamaha rider ended the test fifth fastest overall, holding off the second Buildbase Suzuki of Gino Rea and the SYNETIQ BMW pairing of Danny Buchan and Andrew Irwin.

Jason O’Halloran – P5

“The first day couldn’t have gone any better for us. We focused on trying the new engine on day one and turned our focus to the chassis on the second day. I was a bit nervous about changing the chassis as we didn’t change a lot last year, I’d ridden the same bike all year and we had a good year so it took me a bit of time to adjust to it. Once I started to use the benefits of the new settings, it started to come to me and I started to feel really good. We just worked through our programme, got through everything we needed to get through. In the third session I did a long run and set my best lap on the last lap of the run. We came in, made a few changes and went back out and bettered that time again and by that point the tyre had done 31 laps. To be doing 53’3 with 31 laps on a tyre is exactly where we need to be for race day here. The final session was just a bit too sketchy for me, as nice as it would have been to have stuck some fresh rubber in and gone for a time!”

Jason O’Halloran

Christian Iddon held ninth place on combined times for VisionTrack Ducati, his teammate and reigning champion Josh Brookes suffered a high-speed crash in the final session, which ended his day prematurely leaving him in P12 overall. The Australian was able to walk away from the crash but sustained a finger injury.

Josh Brookes

“I’ve taken a lot of skin off the little finger and there is a risk of infection as it’s down to the bone but apart from that I’m OK and my finger is fine. There are no other injuries so it’s just a case of getting it cleaned up. I’m still working out what happened in the crash, but the track was cooling down and I perhaps carried a bit too much brake so maybe that’s what happened. The test was good to a point, but we did a lot of experimenting and didn’t really find a lot that improved our existing package. It’s now a case of working on what we know best and finding the consistency we need.”

Josh Brookes

Christian Iddon – P9

“I’m really happy with the way the test has gone, everything is good. Silverstone is unique as Christian Iddoneveryone ends up with very similar lap times, it’s just one of those tracks. My aim over the two days was to experiment with a few ideas and to try some stuff we didn’t get round to trying last year, mainly to do with tyre life and some other settings. We achieved what we needed and in the last session, I just did a race run rather than chasing a lap time. It was unfortunate for Josh to crash and hope his finger injury is not too serious.”

Christian Iddon

Ryan Vickers completed the top ten for the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team, edging out FHO Racing BMW’s Xavi Forés by just 0.038s.

BSB Official Test, Silverstone – Overall Combined

Pos Rider  Nat. Time/Gap
1 Glenn IRWIN GBR 53.139
2 Tarran MACKENZIE GBR +0.061
3 Danny KENT GBR +0.174
4 Kyle RYDE GBR +0.184
5 Jason O’HALLORAN AUS +0.211
6 Gino REA GBR +0.296
7 Danny BUCHAN GBR +0.339
8 Andrew IRWIN GBR +0.343
9 Christian IDDON GBR +0.346
10 Ryan VICKERS GBR +0.414
11 Xavi FORÉS ESP +0.452
12 Josh BROOKES AUS +0.551
13 Tommy BRIDEWELL GBR +0.708
14 Dan LINFOOT GBR +0.838
15 Peter HICKMAN GBR +0.940
16 Joe FRANCIS GBR +0.941
17 Lee JACKSON GBR +0.988
18 Takumi TAKAHASHI JPN +1.062
19 Ryo MIZUNO JPN +1.082
20 Rory SKINNER GBR +1.096
21 Josh OWENS GBR +1.186
22 Storm STACEY GBR +1.549
23 Bjorn ESTMENT RSA +1.565
24 Leon JEACOCK GBR +1.729
25 Brian McCORMACK IRL +2.295
26 Dean HARRISON GBR +2.464
27 James ELLISON GBR +2.668
28 Brad JONES GBR +2.772
29 Joey THOMPSON GBR +3.798

Source: MCNews.com.au

Aussies top opening day of Silverstone BSB test

2021 British Superbike Championship
Silverstone Test

Images by David Yeomans Photography

Australia’s Jason O’Halloran has set the initial benchmark as the Bennetts British Superbike Championship testing at Silverstone kicked off on Wednesday as the McAMS Yamaha rider topped all four sessions, edging out title rival and reigning champion Josh Brookes by 0.358s on the combined times.

Jason O’Halloran tops Day 1 of the BSB Silverstone test

The Australian’s best time came in the second session of the day before lunch, with the McAMS Yamaha contender continuing to build momentum in the team’s first test of the season.

Jason O’Halloran – McAMS Yamaha

“To be honest it was great to get back out on the bike. The first session was a little bit patchy, so we just did some laps to get the feeling back. The second session was really good for us. It was pretty much an identical bike to the one I rode here last year. In the lunchbreak, the boys changed the engine and we tried the 2021 spec, which we tried this afternoon for the last two sessions. Although we ended up at the top, this slowed us down a bit – when you put a new spec in you have to work through things like fuelling and throttle cables, so we’ve just been doing laps this afternoon to get things to my liking.Compared with how I felt on the previous bike, the changes we’ve made have been really positive and I feel comfortable, we’ve just got to tweak it to make it my own again. We’ll do that tomorrow and also some chassis stuff, so we can look forward to that tomorrow.”

Jason O’Halloran

Brookes meanwhile was consistently close and the defending champion set his best lap of the day in the third session, which put him 0.074s clear of his teammate Christian Iddon as the VisionTrack Ducati pairing locked out the final top three positions.

Josh Brookes

Kyle Ryde was the leading BMW rider onboard the all-new M 1000 RR, the Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW rider was fourth fastest on the combined timings, setting the second fastest time in the final session of the day as he pushed for a final run before the chequered flag.

Kyle Ryde

Xavi Forés marked his return to Bennetts BSB action with the all-new FHO Racing BMW team by holding fourth place in the final session of the day, putting him in fifth place on the combined times as the Spaniard saved his best until last ahead of day two tomorrow.

Xavi Forés

The overall combined times featured five different manufacturers in the top seven and Buildbase Suzuki’s Danny Kent bounced back from an earlier crash to lead their charge in sixth place with Honda Racing’s Glenn Irwin in seventh place overall.

Tommy Bridewell and Oxford Products Racing Ducati set their best time in the final session of the day, putting him into eighth place and just ahead of Gino Rea on the second of the Buildbase Suzukis with Tarran Mackenzie in tenth place, ending the day early following a crash in the final session.

BSB Official Test, Silverstone – Day 1 Combined

Pos Rider Team Time
1 Jason O’Halloran McAMS Yamaha 53.469s
2 Josh Brookes VisionTrack Ducati +0.358s
3 Christian Iddon VisionTrack Ducati +0.432s
4 Kyle Ryde RICH Energy OMG Racing BMW +0.437s
5 Xavi Forés FHO Racing BMW +0.453s
6 Danny Kent Buildbase Suzuki +0.560s
7 Glenn Irwin Honda Racing +0.562s
8 Tommy Bridewell Oxford Products Racing Ducati +0.650s
9 Gino Rea Buildbase Suzuki +0.679s
10 Tarran Mackenzie McAMS Yamaha +0.694s

2021 British Superbike Championship Calendar

Round Location Races
Official Test T1 – Silverstone National – 28 – 29 April
Official Test T2 – Snetterton 300 – 04 – 06 May
Official Test T3 – Oulton Park – 19 May
Official Test T4 – Donington Park (National) – 08 June
Round 1 Oulton Park – 25 – 27 June Triple Header
Round 2 Knockhill – 09 – 11 July Triple Header
Round 3 Brands Hatch Gp – 23 – 25 July Triple Header
Round 4 Thruxton – 30 – 01 August Triple Header
Round 5 Donington Park (National) – 13 – 15 August Triple Header
Round 6 Cadwell Park – 20 – 22 August Triple Header
Round 7 Snetterton 300 – 03 – 05 September Triple Header
Round 8 Silverstone National – 10 – 12 September Triple Header
Round 9 Oulton Park – 24 – 26 September Triple Header
Round 10 Donington Park Gp – 01 – 03 October Triple Header
Round 11 Brands Hatch Gp – 15 – 17 October Triple Header

Source: MCNews.com.au

TAG Racing switches from Yamaha to Honda for BSB 2021

TAG Racing become official Honda Racing UK BSB Team for 2021

TAG Racing, the Swadlincote based Bennetts BSB outfit will be a Honda Racing UK officially support team for 2021, with Dan Linfoot to be campaigning the new Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, alongside Shaun Winfield who aims to build on his 2020 momentum.

Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield – Image by Bonnie Lane

Following on from a challenging 2020 due to unforeseen circumstances and the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 will see TAG Racing make the move to Honda machinery for the new Bennetts British Superbike campaign as Dan Linfoot and Shaun Winfield look to challenge in their respective championships.

Linfoot returns for his third season with TAG Racing after a positive end to the 2020 season, where he achieved a podium with the Bathams Racing squad at Brands Hatch and is reinvigorated heading into the 2021 season. The Yorkshireman is aiming for success with the new Fireblade SP and is excited to get going.

Dan Linfoot

“I’m really excited for 2021 after what was probably the toughest year of my career in 2020, but I’m fully focussed on getting back on track with the team next season. Being back on a Honda is very exciting for me, it goes without saying the new bike is very impressive, what Andy and Glenn did with it last season was very impressive and hopefully we can carry that on into the new season with the support from Harv and the Honda Racing UK team. I can’t wait to get going now, it’s an exciting project to be a part of and everyone in the team is fully focussed on getting back to where we both know we can be. From the conversations I’ve had with Shaun the bike is brilliant out of the box, so I’m very confident the superbike will be even better.”

Dan Linfoot – Image by Bonnie Lane

Shaun Winfield will compete in the National Superstock 1000 Championship for a second term in 2021, and is confident of achieving stronger results on the Fireblade SP after a solid end to the 2020 season at Brands Hatch. The 27-year-old has fully recovered from his shoulder injury that hampered his campaign and is fighting fit for the new season.

Shaun Winfield

“I’m really excited for next season and to have the support of Honda Racing UK behind the team is even better, I just can’t wait to get going now. It was clear to me the potential of the bike after the final round of 2020, straight out of the box the Fireblade SP is a fantastic machine and with more testing and development time under our belts I feel we’ll be strong in 2021. 2020 has been very much of a non-event for us, we struggled throughout but this has given me a newfound determination to succeed. As a team we have the best tools for the job, with amazing support from Honda Racing UK, I want to perform as best as possible.”

Shaun Winfield – Image by Bonnie Lane

Both machines are in the final stages of preparation for the up-and-coming campaign, after hard work at the workshop since the end of the season. Testing will begin in the new year with a host of official tests in the UK ahead of the season commencing May 1 2021 at Oulton Park.

Gary Winfield – Team Manager

“It’s such an honour for our team to be selected as a Honda Racing UK supported team for 2021, it’s amazing in fact. Many people will be asking why we have changed manufacturer and the reason is simple, we want to be competitive again and changing to Honda breaths a fresh new lease of life into our team. From our first conversations with Harv and the guys at Honda we knew it was going to be the right choice going forwards. We were shocked when we saw first-hand the numbers of the road bike from our dyno, they are extremely impressive and it bodes well. We must thank Harv and the Honda Racing UK team for their backing for 2021, we know their support will help us in our journey, and hopefully we can play our part in helping them with development.”

Havier Beltran – Honda Racing UK Team Manager

“It’s great to have more Fireblades on the grid next year in both the 2021 Bennetts British Superbike and National Superstock 1000 championships. We proved the potential of the new CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP this year with wins in both series, as well as finishing runner-up in the Superstock 1000 class, so to have more machines at the sharp end is always going to be good for Honda. I have known Gary a long time and it’s a pleasure for Honda Racing UK to be able to support TAG Racing with their machinery and parts for the 2021 season. I look forward to seeing how they perform and wish them the best of luck for the upcoming season.”

Source: MCNews.com.au

Supersport category to include 765 triples and 955 twins to try and revitalise class

Supersport reinvented

The FIM, International series organisers DWO and MSVR are to collaborate on the future evolution of the Supersport racing category. The production derived intermediate class is long established, but as the motorcycle market evolves it is clear that changes are required to allow more motorcycle models to become eligible.

Taking recent experience from the Junior Supersport 300 category, where motorcycles of varying displacement and architecture are balanced to ensure parity of competition, the same principle could be applied to the future direction of the senior Supersport class.

In recent years the Supersport class has been bound by regulations to incorporate 600cc 4 cylinder, 675cc 3 cylinder and 750cc twin cylinder machines. As the market changes, motorcycles outside of this parameters now form the Supersport sector.

Planned new regulations could allow machines from different manufacturers that currently are not eligible to compete in the Supersport class adding value either to the teams and the series organiser.

MSVR, as the organiser of the Quattro Group British Supersport Championship, will pilot the evolution of the class in 2021 with the introduction of a Triumph 765 three cylinder machine, and later in the season a Ducati 955 twin cylinder machine. In a view to evaluate if this new technical regulations could be the platform for the 2022 FIM Supersport World Championship organised by DWO.

Stuart Higgs – Series Director, British Superbike Championship

The Supersport class is tremendously important to the international and domestic racing structures. Previously multiple manufacturers and machine configurations have competitively raced together, but this has diminished given the changes in the market. To reset and redefine the category will provide a great stimulus and great future for the intermediate production derived class. I am very pleased and excited to be co-operating and working closely with our friends at the FIM and DWO on this project.”

Gregorio Lavilla – Executive Director, WorldSBK Sporting & Organization Department

We are always open for better ways to improve the sport and I’m happy to see that our ideas match with so many Promoters at national level and the FIM. To have the support of MSVR helping to develop this idea is great and we will work closely with all parts involved for this to be a success, with the future to have equal regulations in both Championships and maybe other national series.

Franck Vayssié – FIM Circuit Racing Commission Director

Motorsport is a Worldwide big family, the FIM is more than happy to see all stakeholders working together to improve racing from National to World level. Since the creation of the class, Supersport has always offered a great show on track with some amazing fights for the title. Due to the current market situation, in order to keep this same level of interest and to keep the fairness for all teams and riders, it is absolutely necessary for FIM rules to be updated. All the FIM family support this idea and will work closely with promoters, organisers and manufacturers to move forward with this exciting project.”

Ducati 950

Source: MCNews.com.au

Peter Hickman joins new team for 2021

Macau based businesswoman forms new race team

Peter Hickman has announced he has signed for the new FHO Racing team for the 2021 road racing season and British Superbike Championship, riding a BMW Motorrad-supported M 1000 RR Superbike.

The new team is the latest venture by Macau entrepreneur Faye Ho, who is stepping up her commitment to the sport as a team owner having previously supported a number of riders and teams in her native Macau Grand Prix event.

Ho, an international businesswoman who divides her time between business and charity work in Macau, Hong Kong and the UK, said: “I’ve always loved motorsport and bike racing in particular, so when the opportunity arose to take over from the Smiths team, it seemed the ideal opportunity to get involved. I first supported motorcycle teams at the Macau Grand Prix in 2009 and the next year we claimed the victory with Stuart Easton and the PBM squad. What struck me immediately with two-wheeled racing was the excitement and passion; it is a huge challenge that the teams and riders take on each time they are on track.

“When I came back to the UK, I witnessed the thrill of the Isle of Man TT and the level of professionalism and competition of the BSB series. When we heard the Smiths team were withdrawing, and having got to know [team owners] Alan and Rebecca Smith in Macau, it felt like perfect timing to help step in to build a new team. I’m just so excited to get going, this is probably the biggest challenge I’ve ever undertaken and ultimately we have the desire to want to win races!”

BMW S 1000 RR M

FHO Racing is formed from the foundations of the successful Smiths Racing operation, which ceased competing at the end of this season, and utilises many of its experienced technicians and equipment.

Hickman, who had been with the Smiths Racing team since 2017, is enthusiastic about approaching the new season with FHO Racing and excited to begin the development of the new BMW M 1000 RR Superbike, which he will pilot on the roads and the short circuits.

Peter Hickman

This is an exciting time for me, the team and I think racing in general as we gain a passionate new team owner in Faye. I’ve known Faye for a few years as a generous supporter of racing in Macau and most importantly she wants to win! I’ve had an awesome four years with the Smiths Racing team, we’ve grown together as a group, been successful in BSB and on the Roads, so now I think we can build on that and take it to a new level. After such a bad year globally, it’s so positive to have a new team and sponsor enter the arena.”

BMW S 1000 RR M

Taking over from the Smiths Racing outfit means that Hickman will continue the strong relationship with Crew Chief and Team Manager, Darren Jones, who he has worked alongside since 2016: “This is a great opportunity to build a new team but use all the important foundations of the Smiths outfit, bringing in additional expertise to strengthen what needs improving. Faye has sponsored the Smiths team, watched from afar and is now relishing the chance to go racing herself as a team owner.”

BMW S 1000 RR M

Away from the Isle of Man and the road racing scene, the team will also run former WorldSBK rider Xavi Fores in the British Superbike Championship, as well as Alex Olsen in the National Superstock Championship.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Image Gallery | Josh Brookes BSB title winning ride and celebrations

Josh Brookes
2021 BSB Superbike Champ

Josh Brookes has celebrated his second Bennetts British Superbike Championship last weekend after a title-deciding triple-header on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit. His performance at the finale gave him a final 21-point advantage over closest rival Jason O’Halloran to seal the crown. The images below are all from that final round and taken by our contracted BSB photographer Dave Yeomans.  Enjoy!

Source: MCNews.com.au

Sunday double secures British Superbike Championship for Brookes

2020 British Superbike Championship Finale Sunday wrap

Josh Brookes has celebrated becoming the Bennetts British Superbike Championship for a second time, following a sensational title-deciding triple-header on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

Brookes was last crowned champion in 2015, and his performance this weekend in the final three rounds gave him a final 21-point advantage over closest rival Jason O’Halloran to seal the crown.

The title victory for VisionTrack Ducati means that the PBM team successfully defended their title, to score an incredible eighth Bennetts BSB Championship victory.

2020 British Superbike Championship finale

The championship momentum swung back in favour of the VisionTrack Ducati team following the penultimate event at Donington Park, and Brookes came into the final round with a 16-point advantage over teammate Christian Iddon.

The season started with a podium at the opening round at Donington Park, before disaster struck following a collision with Andrew Irwin, which left a zero point score finish to the opening weekend.

However Brookes rebounded at Snetterton to claim victory in the opening race, which he followed up with a podium finish, before another podium following a testing weekend at Silverstone.

Oulton Park was another tough start to the racing action, but claiming the victory in the final race in Cheshire, put Brookes back on the winning course and confident ahead of the return to Donington Park.

Two third places and a victory, as championship leader Glenn Irwin crashed out of the opening race, gave the Australian the edge coming into the title-decider.

Brookes had his lead reduced in the standings in the opening race to seven-points, but then on the final day of the season he claimed a commanding Round 17 victory before sealing the final win of 2020 to lift the title.

Jason O’Halloran had done everything he could to try and bag his first title; winning the dramatic opening race on Saturday and with teammate Tarran Mackenzie, they pushed the Australian all the way to the finish in the last race of the year.

O’Halloran’s third place in Round 18 gave him second in the standings, with Christian Iddon completing the 2020 top three for VisionTrack Ducati as the pair celebrated their strongest career result.

Josh Brookes

It feels awesome to win the title and a lot of my talking was done out on the track today. When I’m under pressure, I seem to be able to find that little bit more and get the results when I need to, which is exactly what I’ve done today. I had to ride aggressively in both races and although I only needed to finish third in the final race to clinch the championship, I didn’t want to win the title with a third, I wanted to win. It’s been a hard fought year and I was pushed hard all weekend but the bike worked really well and it felt natural to go out there and win so a big thank you to everyone at the PBM team.”

Josh Brookes – 2020 British Superbike Champion
Christian Iddon

When I left the pre-season test at Donington Park in 18th place, I would have settled Christian Iddonfor third in the championship but in reality, I’m disappointed. To take it to the final race of the season was always the plan and congratulations to both Jason and of course, my teammate Josh for winning the title. I can’t thank Paul Bird and the whole VisionTrack team enough, they have been superb and to end up first and third in the championship is a fantastic effort. And I guess I should be happy with being the best non-Australian in the standings!”

Paul Bird – VisionTrack Ducati Team Owner

That went to plan and congratulations to Josh who rode impeccably under such pressure. He never buckled at all and he deserves the championship, I’m just glad he got out of bed the right side today! I’d like to thank Stuart Higgs and his team for their hard work in getting the championship on although it’s been strange and sad without the fans. Well done to Christian too, he’s been a pleasure to work with this season and third in the final standings is a great achievement on his first year in the team. That’s eight titles and 123 race wins now so thanks to our sponsors, my friends and my family and a special mention for my dad, without whose help none of this would be possible so this one’s for him.”

Josh Brookes – 2020 British Superbike Champion
Andrew Irwin

“2020 when I look at it we had a lot of potential, we had a new bike, we won three races and it’s been a strong year. I finished sixth in the championship, we lost a few points here and there, so to finish sixth and only 54 points from Glenn it wasn’t such a bad year. This weekend I think we made big steps forward throughout and in the first race we made the most of what we could. The next two races were quite positive and to finish Round 17 fourth was good, we were almost the best of the rest as such. The final race was really strong, and I feel probably one of my best races this season, we made a massive step forward with the race time. I want to thank all the Honda Racing team for their hard work this season and believing in me when things got tough.”

Glenn Irwin

“Coming into this season off the back of last year it was about re-building and reminding myself of what I can do, and also the project of the all-new Fireblade, so there were lots of goals to come better again and do a better job than we did in 2018. I had to establish myself again and I think we did that, doing it on an all-new bike was never going to be easy but it’s testament to the team for giving us the package we had as we didn’t expect to be so strong so soon. We had very few difficult periods, but the ones we had we will look at as a team to improve the bike, but as I say there were a lot less of them compared to the good moments. I have really enjoyed working with the team, getting my mojo back, enjoyed winning a race again and fighting for podiums and to come racing again. For me that was a big thing, to come and enjoy my racing and be happy, and be happy away from racing. Personally it’s been a great season regardless of what the outcome was with the championship, it’s been a huge success. Thanks to all at Honda Racing, I feel we’re back!”
Glenn Irwin

Honda Team Manager Havier Beltran

“2020 started so strong for us and straight away the results were above our expectations if I’m honest. What that did, yes it gives you the motivation and drive but it also puts your expectations a lot further in front than we were able to reach with the development of the new Fireblade. I said to the guys if we’re to win this championship we have to be winning races and that’s where it let us down. But putting all that to one side all the highs and lows throughout Superbike and Superstock, we’ve had a great season we’ve learnt a lot and know a lot of areas where we can be a lot stronger for 2021. We’ve had the new Fireblade to develop and we should be proud of the success we’ve had with it to date, I’d like to thank all the team, Andrew, Glenn, Tom and Davey for all their hard work this year.”

Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Josh BROOKES Ducati 28m39.070
2 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha +1.085
3 Christian IDDON Ducati +10.880
4 Andrew IRWIN Honda +16.097
5 Lee JACKSON Kawasaki +16.246
6 Luke MOSSEY BMW +16.523
7 Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki +16.590
8 Peter HICKMAN BMW +17.889
9 Gino REA Suzuki +17.964
10 Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati +19.935
11 Kyle RYDE Suzuki +24.559
12 Glenn IRWIN Honda +24.769
13 Jack KENNEDY Kawasaki +35.463
14 Taylor MACKENZIE BMW +46.244
15 Josh OWENS Kawasaki +56.940
16 Storm STACEY Kawasaki +57.039
17 Bjorn ESTMENT Suzuki +1m21.230
Not Classifeds
DNF Tarran MACKENZIE Yamaha 13 Laps
DNF Héctor BARBERÁ BMW 15 Laps
DNF Graeme IRWIN Kawasaki 16 Laps
DNF Bradley RAY BMW 18 Laps
DNF Lachlan EPIS BMW /

Race Three Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Josh BROOKES Ducati 28m35.963
2 Tarran MACKENZIE Yamaha +0.578
3 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha +1.339
4 Christian IDDON Ducati +8.816
5 Andrew IRWIN Honda +8.882
6 Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki +9.042
7 Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati +17.660
8 Peter HICKMAN BMW +17.827
9 Lee JACKSON Kawasaki +17.891
10 Gino REA Suzuki +18.028
11 Glenn IRWIN Honda +21.320
12 Luke MOSSEY BMW +26.027
13 Joe FRANCIS BMW +26.168
14 Bradley RAY BMW +27.224
15 Héctor BARBERÁ BMW +42.349
16 Taylor MACKENZIE BMW +49.018
17 Storm STACEY Kawasaki +53.163
18 Josh OWENS Kawasaki +53.603
19 Bjorn ESTMENT Suzuki +1m16.695
Not Classified
DNF Jack KENNEDY Kawasaki 10 Laps
DNF Kyle RYDE Suzuki 10 Laps
DNF Graeme IRWIN Kawasaki 18 Laps

British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Josh BROOKES (Ducati) 288
2 Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha) 267
3 Christian IDDON (Ducati) 258
4 Glenn IRWIN (Honda) 226
5 Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha) 215
6 Andrew IRWIN (Honda) 172
7 Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati) 168
8 Lee JACKSON (Kawasaki) 157
9 Kyle RYDE (Suzuki) 137
10 Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki) 131
11 Luke MOSSEY (BMW) 95
12 Gino REA (Suzuki) 89
13 Bradley RAY (BMW) 76
14 Peter HICKMAN (BMW) 71
15 Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki) 45
16 Jack KENNEDY (Kawasaki) 34
17 Héctor BARBERÁ (BMW) 32
18 Joe FRANCIS (BMW) 24
19 Keith FARMER (Suzuki) 10
20 Alex OLSEN (BMW) 8
21 Taylor MACKENZIE (BMW) 7
22 Storm STACEY (Kawasaki) 4
24 Dan LINFOOT (Yamaha) 2
24 Josh OWENS (Kawasaki) 1
25 Graeme IRWIN (Kawasaki) 1

British Supersport Championship & British GP2 Cup

Rory Skinner concluded his dominant Quattro Group British Supersport Championship season with another dominant win. Harry Truelove launched off pole position to take the holeshot ahead of Brad Jones and Ben Currie. As they started the second lap, series leader Skinner sliced his way into third as the leading four riders were covered by less than half a second.

A mistake at Druids by Truelove saw the two Tyser Yamaha riders find their way through before a big crash from Truelove just two corners later saw him tumble out of contention. Wasting no time, Skinner was into the lead and soon setting a string of fast laps to edge away from Jones.

As the race reached the halfway stage, Bradley Perie was holding third ahead of Ben Currie, Lee Johnston and Korie McGreevy. Maintaining positions until the final lap, Skinner eventually took the win by 4.003s. Perie eventually secured seconds whilst Jones was third ahead of Australian Ben Currie.

Tom Toparis was the tenth Supersport machine home to round out a highly creditable, but injury interrupted, last minute entry in the BSB Supersport ranks.

Mason Law took the GP2 class victory to secure the 2020 title for the Moto2 machines.

Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Rory SKINNER Yamaha 23m38.191
2 Bradley PERIE Yamaha +4.003
3 Brad JONES Yamaha +4.073
4 Ben CURRIE Kawasak +4.113
5 Korie McGREEVY Yamaha +9.746
6 Lee JOHNSTON Yamaha +9.835
7 Mason LAW GP2 Spirit +19.608
8 James WESTMORELAND Kawasaki +21.593
9 Alastair SEELEY GP2 ABM Quattro +21.846
10 Richard KERR Triumph +21.962
11 Charlie NESBITT GP2 ABM Quattro +22.059
12 Tom OLIVER GP2 Chassis Factory +22.778
13 Luke HEDGER Triumph +30.735
14 Cameron HORSMAN GP2 Chassis Factory +33.124
15 Jake ARCHER GP2 Kalex +33.279
16 Tom TOPARIS Yamaha +33.394
17 Kurt WIGLEY Yamaha +35.626
18 Dan JONES GP2 FTR +39.557
19 Gary JOHNSON Triumph +49.078
20 Phil WAKEFIELD Yamaha +51.748
21 Tomás DE VRIES GP2 Chassis Factory +51.801
22 Cameron FRASER GP2 Chassis Factory +1m01.476
23 Mark CONLIN Yamaha +1m31.743
24 David KRAWIEKCI Yamaha +1 Lap
25 Cedric BLOCH Kawasaki +1 Lap
Not Classifieds
DNF Jorel BOERBOOM Honda 3 Laps
DNF Jack SCOTT GP2 Harris 8 Laps
DNF Rob HARTOG MV Agusta 12 Laps
DNF Harry TRUELOVE Yamaha 13 Laps

Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Rory SKINNER (Yamaha) 270
2 Brad JONES (Yamaha) 174
3 James WESTMORELAND (Kawasaki) 152
4 Bradley PERIE (Yamaha) 147
5 Lee JOHNSTON (Yamaha) 118
6 Harry TRUELOVE (Yamaha) 103
7 Richard KERR (Triumph) 98
8 Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki) 91
9 Rob HARTOG (MV Agusta) 76
10 Kurt WIGLEY (Yamaha) 61
11 Korie McGREEVY (Yamaha) 54
12 Jamie PERRIN (Yamaha) 43
13 James ROSE (Kawasaki) 41
14 Ross PATTERSON (Yamaha) 41
15 Phil WAKEFIELD (Yamaha) 41
16 Tom TOPARIS (Yamaha) 30
17 Alan NAYLOR (Yamaha) 18
18 Scott SWANN (Yamaha) 12
19 Ricky TARREN (Yamaha) 11
20 Gary JOHNSON (Triumph) 8
21 Luke HEDGER (Triumph) 7
22 Keenan ARMSTRONG (Kawasaki) 6
23 Mike NORBURY (Kawasaki) 6
24 Ben WOTTON (Triumph) 6
25 Mark CONLIN (Yamaha) 5
26 Grant McINTOSH (Yamaha) 5
27 Michael DUNLOP (Yamaha) 3
28 David KRAWIEKCI (Yamaha) 3
29 Cedric BLOCH (Kawasaki) 1

British Superstock 1000

Danny Kent took a thrilling victory in the final Pirelli National Superstock 1000 race of the year as Chrissy Rouse was crowned Champion. It was an action-packed race, but disaster struck Championship contender Tom Neave who crashed out on the opening lap.

This left a five river battle for the win but as the race progressed it came down to a three-way scrap between Kent, Dan Linfoot and Chrissy Rouse. Despite a last lap challenge from Linfoot, Kent was able to hang on to the win whilst Rouse completed the podium in third to secure the 2020 crown.

Lewis Rollo was fourth ahead of Billy McConnell, the South Australian coming home fifth while countryman Brayden Elliott rounded out his season with a 13th place finish.

Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Danny KENT Kawasaki 20m8.083
2 Dan LINFOOT BMW +0.044
3 Chrissy ROUSE BMW +0.566
4 Lewis ROLLO Aprilia +1.591
5 Billy McCONNELL BMW  +1.614
6 Tim NEAVE Suzuki  +6.663
7 Keith FARMER Suzuki +10.264
8 Luke HEDGER Kawasaki +13.282
9 Jordan WEAVING Suzuki +17.073
10 Ian HUTCHINSON BMW 20.017
11 Shane RICHARDSON BMW +21.019
12 Davey TODD Honda +21.167
13 Brayden ELLIOTT Suzuki +22.083
14 Joe SHELDON-SHAW Suzuki +22.557
15 Shaun WINFIELD Honda +32.613
16 Michael RUTTER BMW +33.179
17 Craig NEVE BMW +35.461
18 Lee WILLIAMS Kawasaki +36.166
19 Tom TUNSTALL Suzuki +43.424
20 Luke HOPKINS Kawasaki +48.916
21 Dani SAEZ GUTERREZ Kawasaki +51.227
22 Conor CUMMINS Honda +51.569
23 Ashley BEECH Suzuki +51.755
24 Josh WOOD Kawasaki +52.107
25 Dave MACKAY Suzuki +1m21.107
26 Robert HODSON Kawasaki +1m21.488
27 Ricky ELDER BMW +1m22.423
28 Ben BROADWAY Aprilia +1 Lap
Not Classifieds
DNF David BROOK BMW 3 Laps
DNF Fraser ROGERS Kawasaki 11 Laps
DNF Tom WARD Kawasaki 11 Laps
DNF Luke JONES Aprilia 11 Laps
DNF Tom NEAVE Honda /

Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Chrissy ROUSE (BMW) 181
2 Tom NEAVE (Honda) 155
3 Lewis ROLLO (Aprilia) 130
4 Billy McCONNELL (BMW) 121
5 Tim NEAVE (Suzuki) 118
6 Danny KENT (Kawasaki) 113
7 Fraser ROGERS (Kawasaki) 82
8 Damon REES (BMW) 71
9 Luke HEDGER (Kawasaki) 59
10 Dan LINFOOT (BMW) 53
11 Jordan WEAVING (Suzuki) 47
12 Davey TODD (Honda) 46
14 Brayden ELLIOTT (Suzuki) 35
15 Matt TRUELOVE (BMW) 28
16 Shane RICHARDSON (BMW) 25
17 Joe COLLIER (Suzuki) 23
18 David ALLINGHAM (Suzuki) 15
19 Luke JONES (Aprilia) 10
20 Keith FARMER (Suzuki) 9
21 Richard COOPER (BMW) 9
22 Leon JEACOCK (Suzuki) 8
23 Joe SHELDON-SHAW (Suzuki) 8
24 Shaun WINFIELD (Yamaha) 7
25 Johnny BLACKSHAW (Aprilia) 2
26 Luke HOPKINS (Kawasaki) 2

British Superstock 600

Rhys Irwin has taken the final Pirelli National Superstock 600 victory of 2020 in a hard fought battle at Brands Hatch, with brother Caolan Irwin second and TJ Toms third.

Champion of 2020 Ben Luxton grabbed the advantage from the opening lap, leading the pack with Caolan Irwin and TJ Toms second and third. By half race distance the battle at the front became a seven-man strong dice, with Caolan Irwin heading the pack.

But in a battle of attrition over the final four laps, the top four continued to swap places until the flag, with Rhys Irwin taking the victory from brother Caolan and TJ Toms, with Liam Delves fourth.

Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Rhys IRWIN Yamaha 18m24.133
2 Caolan IRWIN Kawasaki +0.360
3 TJ TOMS Yamaha +0.389
4 Liam DELVES Yamaha +0.537
5 Ben LUXTON Kawasaki +1.295
6 George STANLEY Kawasaki +1.958
7 Jack NIXON Kawasaki +2.534
8 Joe TALBOT Kawasaki +2.598
9 Simon REID Yamaha +3.842
10 Louis VALLELEY Kawasaki +10.345
11 Eugene McMANUS Kawasaki +11.229
12 James ALDERSON Triumph +11.426
13 Zak CORDEROY Kawasaki +13.024
14 Adam HARTGROVE Yamaha +21.846
15 Asher DURHAM Kawasaki +21.951
16 William LATHROPE Triumph +21.976
17 Aaron SILVESTER Yamaha +26.793
18 Daniel BROOKS Kawasaki +28.377
19 Owen JENNER Kawasaki +31.615
20 Trystan FINOCCHIARO Kawasaki +32.099
21 Nathan DRURY Kawasaki +32.184
22 Matthew BOWER Kawasaki +32.251
23 Conor WHEELER Yamaha +32.327
24 Josh COWARD Kawasaki +47.154
25 Toby REYNOLDS Yamaha +47.308
26 Harry FOWLE Triumph +52.767
27 Bradley RICHMAN Kawasaki +1m02.905
28 Kayla BARRINGTON Kawasaki +1m03.059
29 Jamie LE MASURIER Triumph +1m10.139
Not Classifieds
DNF James BULL MV Agusta 11 Laps
DNF Michael LARGE-TAYLOR Yamaha 11 Laps

Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
1 Ben LUXTON (Kawasaki) 165
2 Rhys IRWIN (Yamaha) 121
3 Zak CORDEROY (Kawasaki) 108
4 Caolan IRWIN (Kawasaki) 99
5 Liam DELVES (Yamaha) 75
6 Jack NIXON (Kawasaki) 69
7 Joe TALBOT (Kawasaki) 63
8 James ALDERSON (Triumph) 57
9 Simon REID (Yamaha) 51
10 TJ TOMS (Kawasaki) 46
11 Daniel BROOKS (Kawasaki) 46
12 George STANLEY (Kawasaki) 44
13 Eugene McMANUS (Kawasaki) 30
14 Adam McLEAN (Yamaha) 27
15 Kade VERWEY (Kawasaki) 20
16 Sam LAFFINS (Kawasaki) 18
17 Louis VALLELEY (Kawasaki) 13
18 Aaron SILVESTER (Yamaha) 12
19 Asher DURHAM (Kawasaki) 12
20 Adam HARTGROVE (Yamaha) 9
21 Connor THOMSON (Yamaha) 8
22 Conor WHEELER (Yamaha) 7
23 Luke VERWEY (Kawasaki) 6
24 Trystan FINOCCHIARO (Kawasaki) 4
25 Taylor MORETON (Kawasaki) 4
26 William LATHROPE (Triumph) 3
27 Christopher SINANAN (Kawasaki) 2
28 Matthew BOWER (Kawasaki) 1

Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup

South Australian Levi Day took his fifth win of the season at Brands Hatch in the final Ducati Tri-Options race of the season with Elliot Pinson second and Craig Neve third, as Josh Day took the title with a fifth place finish.

It was David Shoubridge who grabbed the holeshot after making a great start from the second row, but after the opening lap Levi Day led the way ahead of Pinson with Shoubridge in close proximity, with Josh Day down in seventh.

By half race distance Pinson took over at front as he looked to take his first victory of the season, but he then became embroiled in a battle with Levi Day, with Shoubridge just behind. However on the final lap Levi Day made his way past Pinson at the front to take his fifth win of the season, with Josh Day crossing the line fifth to take his second Championship in a second.

Race Two Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Levi DAY BPS Racing 15m14.545
2 Elliott PINSON Symcirrus Motorsport +0.308
3 Craig NEVE CN Racing +3.769
4 David SHOUBRIDGE AH Performance +3.860
5 Josh DAY  Host-it.co.uk Racing Team +13.629
6 Samuel COX Sam Cox Racing +14.841
7 Dijon COMPTON Ducati +17.034
8 Carl STEVENS Freeman Harris Racing Ducati +19.161
9 David JONES Dragon Racing +19.382
10 Seb BULPIN SBR +20.583
11 Michael TUSTIN Jones Dorling Racing +20.697
12 Edmund BEST Symcirrus Motorsport +22.271
13 John McGUINNESS Lund Group +32.230
14 Ewan POTTER AH Performance +43.124
15 Matthew JONES Dragon Racing +43.214
16 Lee McLAUGHLIN J.A.B Racing +43.234
17 Craig KENNELLY Resideo Racing +43.396
18 Richard SPENCER-FLEET RSF Racing/Army  Road Race T +43.491
19 Matt STEVENS Tech 5 Racing +43.929
20 John REYNOLDS Fins Motorcycles +59.140
21 Hiro ARAZEKI JWF Motorsport +59.662
22 Peter HASLER Art of Racing +1m00.078
23 Mike LONG True Heroes Racing +1m02.518
24 Andre COMPTON Lund Group +1m02.725
25 Tom STEVENS Tech 5 Racing +1m02.984
26 Lee DEVONPORT Art of Racing +1m06.766
27 Ian FLEETWOOD Quarry Plant Ltd +1m16.414
28 Stephen TAYLOR  Bike Iconics +1m17.604
29 Jimmy BUCHANAN Architectural Coatings Ducati +1m36.375
30 Murray HAMBRO Legless Racing +1 Lap
31 Matthew FLOWER My Ductwork Ltd +1 Lap
Not Classified
DNF Ben FALLA Ducati – True Heroes Racing 6 Laps
DNF Andy BOOTH Ducati – ARBRacing.com 8 Laps

Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Josh DAY 216
2 Levi DAY 209
3 David SHOUBRIDGE 119
4 Elliott PINSON 117
5 Craig NEVE 108
6 Samuel COX 77
7 John McGUINNESS 74
8 Michael TUSTIN 70
9 Edmund BEST 68
10 Dijon COMPTON 66
11 Carl STEVENS 60
12 David JONES 35
13 Mark CHEETHAM 28
14 Matthew JONES 23
15 Alberto SOLERA 19
16 Ewan POTTER 16
17 Richard SPENCER-FLEET 15
18 Seb BULPIN 14
19 Ben FALLA 14
20 Hiro ARAZEKI 14
23 Matt STEVENS 8
24 Craig KENNELLY 5
26 Peter HASLER 1

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Jason O’Halloran wins dramatic opening race at Brands

2020 British Superbike Championship Saturday wrap

An incredible opening Bennetts British Superbike Championship race produced the most dramatic action of the 2020 season so far; with all five of the title contenders going all-in to battle for the victory, and it was Jason O’Halloran and McAMS Yamaha who aced the opening round of the weekend.

The lead changed every lap throughout the 16-lap tussle for supremacy in the standings and at the start of the race, Josh Brookes had lead the pack into Paddock Hill Bend for the first time, getting the jump on Glenn Irwin, O’Halloran and Christian Iddon.

Iddon was soon into third, but at the front, Glenn Irwin had captured the lead. The Honda Racing rider though was instantly under fire again from Brookes who regained the position before they crossed the line to start the next lap.

On lap five, Irwin went for another attempt; passing Brookes for the lead, with the VisionTrack Ducati rider nudged into third as Iddon moved ahead into second place.

Two laps later and Iddon became the third different rider to lead the race, but by lap eight, the Honda Racing Fireblade was back in front. Glenn Irwin was then holding the advantage from O’Halloran, Brookes and Iddon, and then the McAMS Yamaha rider was pushing for the lead.

BSB Finale

O’Halloran made a decisive move to grab the position at Surtees, becoming the fourth of the five title contenders to lead the race. However, before lap 11 was completed, Iddon had fired the VisionTrack Ducati back ahead of O’Halloran with Glenn Irwin holding third place.

Iddon led the pack until the penultimate lap when he came under attack from a determined O’Halloran, who then made a break on the final two laps to claim his third victory of the season.

Iddon held second to the finish line despite the best efforts of Tarran Mackenzie, who carved his way through his rivals to end the race in third place ahead of Brookes, who had his advantage cut to seven points.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch GP, Round 16 result:
Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha)
Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +1.877s
Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) +2.075s

Danny Buchan and Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki completed the top five as he made ground over the final laps, with Glenn Irwin ended the race in sixth place, with his brother Andrew in close contention. Lee Jackson, Tommy Bridewell and Gino Rea completing the top ten.

Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) – P1

That race was mental! It felt like it was the last race in the championship – everyone was just going for it! It think there are five of us who can challenge for the title and we all knew that today’s race was one of the most important of the weekend. We knew if Josh won today it would make it more difficult tomorrow and so we were all desperate to get to the front. I felt good but every time I made a pass, I got passed back! Towards the end of the race I managed to make a move on Christian, and then I made it stick and I thought that’s enough, put your head down and try and make a break. It felt so good to win that one.”

Jason O’Halloran
Christian Iddon – P2

That race was insane, there’s no other way to describe it! You were focusing on Christian Iddontrying to find a way by the rider in front of you but whilst you were doing that, two riders would come flying by so there was a lot going on. When Glenn was leading, he was controlling the race but it was perhaps a bit too slow so when I got by him, I tried to push on and edge away which helped and although Jason got the win, second has closed things right up. I’m still trying not to think about the championship but it’s hard to do that when there’s so much going on in a race.”

Josh Brookes – P4

It was a fantastic race which I’m sure was great to watch but I’m not happy with fourth place. We had a bike which was good enough to win but maybe I took things a bit too cautiously in the early stages. But then again, I could be explaining a different story now and hindsight is a wonderful thing. It just means tomorrow is going to be more exciting for everyone and I must now rider harder and more aggressively, I’ll do whatever is necessary and bring that to the fight tomorrow.”

Glenn Irwin – P6

On the grid we talked about getting a good start, and I knew I needed one starting from seventh and it was perfect! We got really stuck in and I was comfortable with the pace I was leading at, but I knew others had perhaps more pace in that race. I was trying to defend and be smart, Jason pulled a move and as I was drafting back I had some big turbulence I suppose, with a big moment and dropped back to third. That was the race from there and unfortunately we dropped further. But it’s been a positive, there are areas we know we can work on, and I think if we work on those we can continue to make inroads. Championship wise, for sure we lost points and that’s frustrating, but it was a thoroughly enjoyable race and it was nice to make moves on some people.”

Andrew Irwin – P7

Today’s race was quite a fun race to be honest, the first ten laps were fast-going and I didn’t really look at the pit board until about three laps from the end. It was nice to be close to the front for a while, but we have just one area we need to improve on and I think if we manage that, then we will hopefully be a bit closer to the front tomorrow. But it was a good race, we’re not too far away and we’ll try and improve for tomorrow’s final two races.”

Race One Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Jason O’HALLORAN Yamaha 23m08.127
2 Christian IDDON Ducati +1.877
3 Tarran MACKENZIE Yamaha +2.075
4 Josh BROOKES Ducati +3.055
5 Danny BUCHAN Kawasaki +3.667
6 Glenn IRWIN Honda +4.479
7 Andrew IRWIN Honda +4.787
8 Lee JACKSON Kawasaki +4.845
9 Tommy BRIDEWELL Ducati +5.899
10 Gino REA Suzuki +6.134
11 Luke MOSSEY BMW +6.742
12 Jack KENNEDY Kawasaki +11.127
13 Peter HICKMAN BMW +11.303
14 Kyle RYDE Suzuki +11.460
15 Joe FRANCIS BMW +11.770
16 Héctor BARBERÁ BMW +20.001
17 Taylor MACKENZIE BMW +26.188
18 Storm STACEY Kawasaki +35.470
19 Josh OWENS Kawasaki +37.901
20 Brian McCORMACK BMW +1m08.252
21 Bjorn ESTMENT Suzuki +1m10.945
22 Lachlan EPIS BMW +2 Laps
Not Classified
DNF Graeme IRWIN Kawasaki 9 Laps
DNF Bradley RAY BMW 12 Laps

British Superbike Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Josh BROOKES (Ducati) 238
2 Jason O’HALLORAN (Yamaha) 231
3 Christian IDDON (Ducati) 229
4 Glenn IRWIN (Honda) 217
5 Tarran MACKENZIE (Yamaha) 195
6 Tommy BRIDEWELL (Ducati) 153
7 Andrew IRWIN (Honda) 148
8 Lee JACKSON (Kawasaki) 139
9 Kyle RYDE (Suzuki) 132
10 Danny BUCHAN (Kawasaki) 112
11 Luke MOSSEY (BMW) 81
12 Gino REA (Suzuki) 76
13 Bradley RAY (BMW) 74
14 Peter HICKMAN (BMW) 55
15 Ryan VICKERS (Kawasaki) 45
16 Héctor BARBERÁ (BMW) 31
17 Jack KENNEDY (Kawasaki) 31
18 Joe FRANCIS (BMW) 21
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 Championship & British GP2 Cup

Tysers Yamaha’s Rory Skinner took his ninth win of the season in the 2020 Quattro Group British Supersport Championship at Brands Hatch, with Ben Currie taking his first podium of the year and Brad Jones third.

It was Ben Currie who made the best start and led after the opening lap, with Skinner and Harry Truelove hounding the leader. By lap three though Skinner had made his way to the front with Truelove, Currie and Jones in hot pursuit.

By half race distance Skinner continued to hold the advantage, forcing Currie and Jones to ride out of their skins to keep up with the Champion. Truelove was pushing to catch the leader, but his machine developed an issue and forced him to retire from the race.

But as the race came to a close, Currie and Jones couldn’t catch Skinner, handing him another victory in 2020 as Currie took his first podium of the season.

Tom Toparis did well in his return form injury to be the ninth Supersport machine home.

Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Rory SKINNER Yamaha 17m51.566
2 Ben CURRIE Kawasaki +0.206
3 Brad JONES Yamaha +1.856
4 Bradley PERIE Yamaha +3.142
5 Korie McGREEVY Yamaha +15.197
6 Lee JOHNSTON Yamaha +15.309
7 Mason LAW GP2 Spirit +15.355
8 Jack SCOTT GP2 Harris +15.381
9 Rob HARTOG  MV Agusta +16.925
10 Charlie NESBITT GP2 ABM Quattro +17.027
11 Tom OLIVER GP2 Chassis Factory +17.336
12 Richard KERR  Triumph +17.701
13 Alastair SEELEY GP2 ABM Quattro +17.929
14 Dan JONES GP2 FTR +21.191
15 Cameron HORSMAN GP2 Chassis Factory +27.201
16 Tom TOPARIS Yamaha +27.343
17 Jake ARCHER GP2 Kalex  +27.799
18 Kurt WIGLEY Yamaha +27.920
19 Phil WAKEFIELD Yamaha +36.867
20 Jorel BOERBOOM GP2 Honda +36.934
21 Gary JOHNSON Triumph +38.387
22 Tomás DE VRIES GP2 Chassis Factory +41.338
23 Cameron FRASER GP2 Chassis Factory +41.761
24 Mark CONLIN Yamaha +1m11.121
25 David KRAWIEKCI Yamaha +1m:11.223
26 Cedric BLOCH Kawasaki +1m:12.009
Not Classified
DNF James WESTMORELAND Kawasaki 2 Laps
DNF Ross PATTERSON Yamaha 5 Laps
DNF Harry TRUELOVE Yamaha 7 Laps
DNF Luke HEDGER Triumph /
DNF Jamie PERRIN Yamaha /

Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Rory SKINNER (Yamaha) 245
2 Brad JONES (Yamaha) 158
3 James WESTMORELAND (Kawasaki) 143
4 Bradley PERIE (Yamaha) 127
5 Lee JOHNSTON (Yamaha) 108
6 Harry TRUELOVE (Yamaha) 103
7 Richard KERR (Triumph) 90
8 Ben CURRIE (Kawasaki) 78
9 Rob HARTOG (MV Agusta) 76
10 Kurt WIGLEY (Yamaha) 56
11 Jamie PERRIN (Yamaha) 43
12 Korie McGREEVY (Yamaha) 43
13 James ROSE (Kawasaki) 41
14 Ross PATTERSON (Yamaha) 41
15 Phil WAKEFIELD (Yamaha) 38
16 Tom TOPARIS (Yamaha) 24
17 Alan NAYLOR (Yamaha) 18
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 Gary JOHNSON (Triumph) 4
25 Michael DUNLOP (Yamaha) 3
26 Mark CONLIN (Yamaha) 3
27 David KRAWIEKCI (Yamaha) 2
28 Cedric BLOCH (Kawasaki) 1

British Superstock 1000

OMG Racing’s Billy McConnell topped the final Pirelli National Superstock 1000 qualifying of the season, beating Jordan Weaving by 0.1s. On a damp but drying track, there was a flurry of names at the top of the session early on but Luke Jones held top spot for much of the session.

The closing stages saw a host of fast laps but it was McConnell who was able to top the session ahead of Weaving. Chrissy Rouse secured third ahead of Dan Linfoot, Keith Farmer and Danny Kent.


Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Billy McCONNELL BMW 1m30.992
2 Jordan WEAVING Suzuki +0.162
3 Chrissy ROUSE BMW +0.635
4 Dan LINFOOT BMW +0.721
5 Keith FARMER Suzuki +1.041
6 Danny KENT Kawasaki +1.258
7 Fraser ROGERS Kawasaki +1.503
8 Luke HEDGER Kawasaki +2.095
9 Tim NEAVE Suzuki +2.220
10 Ashley BEECH Suzuki +2.271
11 Lewis ROLLO Aprilia +2.476
12 Michael RUTTER BMW +2.831
13 Tom NEAVE Honda +2.847
14 Shane RICHARDSON BMW +3.199
15 Lee WILLIAMS Kawasaki +3.565
16 Conor CUMMINS Honda +3.661
17 Joe SHELDON-SHAW Suzuki +3.853
18 Luke JONES Aprilia +4.184
19 Ian HUTCHINSON BMW +4.363
20 Tom WARD Kawasaki +4.751
21 Josh WOOD Kawasaki +5.102
22 Davey TODD Honda +5.659
23 Tom TUNSTALL Suzuki +5.751
24 Brayden ELLIOTT Suzuki +5.956
25 Rob McNEALY BMW +6.455
26 Craig NEVE BMW +6.480
27 Shaun WINFIELD Honda +6.489
28 Luke HOPKINS Kawasaki +7.504
29 Robert HODSON Kawasaki +7.505
30 Ricky ELDER BMW +7.764
31 Dani SAEZ GUTERREZ Kawasaki +7.855
Qualifying Lap Time (110.0% of 1m30.992) = 1m40.091
32 Dave MACKAY Suzuki +9.705
33 Ben BROADWAY Aprilia +10.307
34 Johnny BLACKSHAW Aprilia +13.280
35 David BROOK BMW +14.830

British Superstock 600

Ben Luxton has taken the 2020 Pirelli National Superstock 600 Championship in style at Brands Hatch, grabbing the victory on the line from TJ Toms and Caolan Irwin.

After the opening lap it was Championship leader Ben Luxton who led the way, with Nixon and Irwin in hot pursuit of the Kawasaki man. But by half race distance Irwin hit the front and led the way ahead of Luxton and TJ Toms.

The battle then hotted up with the front three swapping and changing places until the final lap where Luxton took his fifth victory on the line from Toms and Caolan Irwin, and with that the 2020 title crown.

Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Ben LUXTON Kawasaki 18m34.069
2 TJ TOMS Yamaha +0.023
3 Caolan IRWIN Kawasaki +0.128
4 Liam DELVES Yamaha +0.513
5 George STANLEY Kawasaki +0.838
6 Joe TALBOT Kawasaki +3.740
7 Zak CORDEROY Kawasaki +3.821
8 Jack NIXON Kawasak +4.082
9 Louis VALLELEY Kawasaki +15.205
10 Simon REID Yamaha +15.367
11 James ALDERSON Triumph +15.440
12 Asher DURHAM Kawasaki +17.774
13 Eugene McMANUS Kawasaki +19.610
14 William LATHROPE Triumph +19.635
15 Aaron SILVESTER Yamaha +21.784
16 Owen JENNER Kawasaki +27.337
17 Daniel BROOKS Kawasaki +27.468
18 Nathan DRURY Kawasaki +27.665
19 Trystan FINOCCHIARO Kawasaki +27.809
20 Matthew BOWER Kawasaki +41.156
21 Josh COWARD Kawasaki +41.277
22 Toby REYNOLDS Yamaha +41.666
23 James BULL MV Agusta +55.972
24 Bradley RICHMAN Kawasaki +1m05.347
25 Kayla BARRINGTON Kawasaki +1m05.495
26 Jamie LE MASURIER Triumph +1m12.762
Not Classified
DNF Adam HARTGROVE Yamaha 8 Laps
DNF Michael LARGE-TAYLOR Yamaha 9 Laps
DNF Rhys IRWIN Yamaha 11 Laps
DNF Connor THOMSON Yamaha 11 Laps

Championship Points

Pos Rider Points
1 Ben LUXTON (Kawasaki) 154
3 Zak CORDEROY (Kawasaki) 105
2 Rhys IRWIN (Yamaha) 96
4 Caolan IRWIN (Kawasaki) 79
5 Liam DELVES (Yamaha) 62
6 Jack NIXON (Kawasaki) 60
7 Joe TALBOT (Kawasaki) 55
8 James ALDERSON (Triumph) 53
9 Daniel BROOKS (Kawasaki) 46
10 Simon REID (Yamaha) 44
11 George STANLEY (Kawasaki) 34
12 TJ TOMS (Kawasaki) 30
13 Adam McLEAN (Yamaha) 27
14 Eugene McMANUS (Kawasaki) 25
15 Kade VERWEY (Kawasaki) 20
16 Sam LAFFINS (Kawasaki) 18
17 Aaron SILVESTER (Yamaha) 12
18 Asher DURHAM (Kawasaki) 11
19 Connor THOMSON (Yamaha) 8
20 Louis VALLELEY (Kawasaki) 7
21 Adam HARTGROVE (Yamaha) 7
22 Conor WHEELER (Yamaha) 7
23 Luke VERWEY (Kawasaki) 6
24 Trystan FINOCCHIARO (Kawasaki) 4
25 Taylor MORETON (Kawasaki) 4
26 William LATHROPE (Triumph) 3
27 Christopher SINANAN (Kawasaki) 2
28 Matthew BOWER (Kawasaki) 1

Ducati Performance TriOptions Cup

Levi Day has taken the 2020 Ducati Tri-Options Cup down to the final day with victory over Championship rival Josh Day at Brands Hatch, with Elliot Pinson third.

Josh Day started the race the strongest and grabbed the holeshot from Levi Day and Compton, with Shoubridge and Cox chasing the leaders down, but after the opening lap Josh Day had pulled a 0.8 second gap.

By half race distance Levis Day had closed the gap down to half a second but Championship leader Josh continued to hold the advantage over his closest rival.

But with three laps to go Josh Day’s bike began to develop a problem, however he rode around the issues, holding second with Levi holding the lead until the flag, with Pinson taking third.

Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Levi DAY BPS Racing 15m14.197
2 Josh DAY Host-it.co.uk Racing Team +1.036
3 Elliott PINSON Symcirrus Motorsport +6.998
4 David SHOUBRIDGE AH Performance +8.526
5 Dijon COMPTON Ducati – +15.822
6 Craig NEVE CN Racing +16.055
7 David JONES  Dragon Racing +24.052
8 Seb BULPIN SBR +24.365
9 Michael TUSTIN Jones Dorling Racing +27.921
10 Edmund BEST Symcirrus Motorsport +36.448
11 Craig KENNELLY Resideo Racing +44.444
12 Ewan POTTER AH Performance +48.129
13 Matthew JONES Dragon Racing +48.686
14 Lee McLAUGHLIN J.A.B Racing +48.751
15 Lee DEVONPORT Art of Racing +50.061
16 Richard SPENCER-FLEET RSF Racing +50.226
17 Matt STEVENS Tech 5 Racing +50.488
18 Peter HASLER Art of Racing +1m06.373
19 John REYNOLDS Fins Motorcycles +1m06.769
20 Mike LONG True Heroes Racing +1m06.868
21 Tom STEVENS Tech 5 Racing +1m07.086
22 Hiro ARAZEKI JWF Motorsport +1m09.181
23 Andre COMPTON Lund Group +1m09.634
24 Ian FLEETWOOD Quarry Plant Ltd +1m23.542
25 Jimmy BUCHANAN Architectural Coatings Ducati +1 Lap
26 Stephen TAYLOR Bike Iconics +1 Lap
27 Murray HAMBRO Legless Racing +1 Lap
28 Matthew FLOWER My Ductwork Ltd +1 Lap
29 Andy BOOTH ARBRacing.com +1 Lap
Not Classifieds
DNF Samuel COX Sam Cox Racing 1 Lap
DNF Carl STEVENS Freeman Harris Racing Ducati 4 Laps
DNF Ben FALLA True Heroes Racing 6 Laps
DNF John McGUINNESS Lund Group 9 Laps

Championship Standings

Pos Rider Points
1 Josh DAY 205
2 Levi DAY 184
3 David SHOUBRIDGE 106
4 Elliott PINSON 97
5 Craig NEVE 92
6 John McGUINNESS 71
7 Samuel COX 67
8 Michael TUSTIN 65
9 Edmund BEST 64
10 Dijon COMPTON 57
11 Carl STEVENS 52
12 Mark CHEETHAM 28
13 David JONES 28
14 Matthew JONES 22
15 Alberto SOLERA 19
16 Richard SPENCER-FLEET 15
17 Ben FALLA 14
18 Hiro ARAZEKI 14
19 Ewan POTTER 14
22 Matt STEVENS 8
23 Seb BULPIN 8
24 Craig KENNELLY 5
26 Peter HASLER 1

Source: MCNews.com.au

Jason O’Halloran tops BSB Friday Practice at Brands Hatch

2020 BSB Finale – Friday

Jason O’Halloran got the jump on his Bennetts British Superbike Championship rivals in the opening free practice session at Brands Hatch on Friday afternoon as the McAMS Yamaha rider held the advantage in the times, leading the way by 0.076s.

O’Halloran held the position from SYNETIQ BMW’s Bradley Ray who had a stunning start to his home round in second place, nudging title contender Glenn Irwin for Honda Racing into third place ahead of tomorrow’s opening race.

Jason O’Halloran – P1

I love riding the GP circuit here at Brands Hatch. I eased into it and felt comfortable pretty much from my out lap and I felt happy with the setting of the McAMS Yamaha. I built into it, went back out at the end and wanted to try and improve my pace, but the track was quite cool so I just played it safe. We got plenty of laps in and I don’t think we are far away; we will make some small tweaks tonight but we should be in good shape for tomorrow. I can’t wait to get stuck in with qualifying and the first race tomorrow to see what we can do!”

Luke Mossey was another rider to break up the title contenders in the opening session as he fired his Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW into fourth place, narrowly ahead of championship leader Josh Brookes. The Australian will be striving to hold on to his advantage in the standings, with 16-points between him and his VisionTrack Ducati team-mate Christian Iddon.

Josh Brookes

Iddon was just adrift in sixth place with Andrew Irwin and Tommy Bridewell next up in the order as Héctor Barberá and Danny Buchan completed the top ten.

For the fifth of the title contenders, it was a disastrous start to the weekend with Tarran Mackenzie crashing out at Stirlings, and sidelined for the majority of the session. The McAMS Yamaha rider ending the opening day in 18th place.

Lachlan Epis is making his debut in British Superbike and ended his first day in 25th position, 7.2-seconds behind pacesetter O’Halloran.

Bennetts British Superbike Championship
Brands Hatch GP, Free Practice 1
  1. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 1m26:113s
  2. Bradley Ray (SYNETIQ BMW) +0.076s
  3. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) +0.169s
  4. Luke Mossey (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +0.322s
  5. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) +0.407s
  6. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) +0.509s
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) +0.556s
  8. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) +0.748s
  9. Héctor Barberá (Rich Energy OMG Racing BMW) +0.830s
  10. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) +0.877s

Bennetts British Superbike Championship standings

  1. Josh Brookes (VisionTrack Ducati) 225
  2. Christian Iddon (VisionTrack Ducati) 209
  3. Glenn Irwin (Honda Racing) 207
  4. Jason O’Halloran (McAMS Yamaha) 206
  5. Tarran Mackenzie (McAMS Yamaha) 179
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Oxford Products Racing Ducati) 146
  7. Andrew Irwin (Honda Racing) 139
  8. Lee Jackson (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 131
  9. Kyle Ryde (Buildbase Suzuki) 130
  10. Danny Buchan (Rapid Fulfillment FS-3 Kawasaki) 101

Source: MCNews.com.au