BSB RD3 Review

 

The grid for race 1:

1. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R  
2. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R  
3. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 
4. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR  
5. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR  
6. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000  
7. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R
8. John Hopkins USA ePayMe Yamaha YZF-R1
9. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR

Ellison lead the way into the first corner with Byrne struggling to get the Ducati off the line and falling to 15th behind his team mate. Mossey slotted into second and look to hook onto the back of Ellison.Hickman made a great start and got himself up onto the leading pack just behind Haslam. Bridewell having the best ride of his season so far was challenging Cooper for the final podium place in the opening laps.

Buchan had a massive highside just infront of the two PBM Ducatis who were lucky to avoid it . Ellison and Mossey broke away from the group behind and set about having a private battle for the lead. Cooper and Bridewell were the doing the same for third as Laverty,Haslam and Hickman just didnt seem to have the pace of the front four in the early stages.

Mossey made a move on Ellison on lap 8 at druids forcing himself and the other Kawasaki man wide Bridewell meanwhile had cleared Cooper and looked to be moving in on the front two. Championship leader was struggling in eleventh just infront of Byrne he just didnt have the right feeling with his Tyco BMW this weekend.

The safety car was deployed after an incident at druids involving Jenny Tinmouth,James Rispoli and Vittorio Iannuzzo this closed up the field again, On the restart Mossey and Ellison opened up a gap straight away getting the jump on Bridwell. Cooper was having a by Brands Hatch Indy standards a pretty lonely race in 4th.

Ellison took the lead from Mossey on lap 17 and managed to put a gap into him as Bridewell also moved past Mossey going into turn one on lap 18 with a pretty dangerous move which allowed Ellison to open and even bigger gap. Laverty and Hickman were circulating 6th and 7th neither really having the pace to go with the front five.

Cooper moved into 3rd as it appeared Mossey was having issues with his tyres and seemed unable to keep the pace of the front guys. Ellison had all bus checked out by this stage as his team mate went under Mossey into turn one. Byrne’s progression had stopped at 10th at this stage of the race as he moved ahead of Iddon both not having very good races for their championship challenges.

Haslam moved into third the former WSBK rider really on the move now as he set about chasing Bridwell for 3rd. Ellison was controlling the race and had a decent gap back with three laps left in the race. Laverty had caught back up to Mossey and looked to get past him and secure some solid points for his championship.

Haslam passed Bridewell and closed right in on his team mate Ellison who had looked safe for the win up till this point but as they dragged for the line Haslam just pipped him to the line Bridewell secured 3rd with Cooper 4th Mossey managed to hold off Laverty for 5th. The third of the JG Speedfit bikes Hickman finished 7th with Ohalloran,Byrne and Linfoot rounding out the top 10, Iddon finished the race 11th and now shared his Championship lead with Haslam.

1. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R 30 laps
2. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +0.057s
3. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +0.458s
4. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR +0.801s
5. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R +2.216s
6. Michael Laverty GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +2.325s
7. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +5.235s
8. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +5.415s
9. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R +5.847s
10. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +8.333s

Championship Standings after Race 1 :

  1. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 77
  2. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 77
  3. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 66
  4. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 65
  5. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 60
  6. Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) 54

Grid for race 2 :

  1. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R
  2. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR
  3. James Ellison GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R
  4. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000
  5. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R
  6. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R
  7. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R
  8. Michael Laverty  GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR
  9. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR

Mossey lead the race into turn one from Ellison and Cooper  with Bridewell dropping into 4th. Laverty got a much better start and looked more competitive than he did in race one. Ellison and Mossey as they did in race 1 broke away from the group behind unlike race 1 Cooper and Bridewell had company from Laverty,Haslam,Ohalloran and Byrne.

Iddon also made a brighter start running 10th in the opening laps just behind Hickman. Laverty as in race 1 didnt seem to quite have the pace of the front guys and dropped into the clutches of Bryne who was running alot stronger than he had earlier in the day.  Laverty’s bike blew up on lap 10 forcing a safety car to come out closing the field up just as this was happening Ellison and Cooper overtook Mossey.

After the safety car the race seemed to settle a little with riders seemingly trying to figure where and how to pass. The two factory honda’s got themselves ahead of Hickman and just behind them Iriwn was fighting with the two Epayme Yamahas. At the front Ellison pulled out with a bike issue leaving Cooper to lead the race from Mossey and Haslam.

Iddon unable to live with the front guys was being hunted down by Linfoot. Haslam made his way into 3rd and then managed to pass Mossey into turn one and looked to repeat his win in race 1  by getting the better of Cooper. Byrne having a much better race this time with a fifth place and was hounding Bridwell on lap 19 for 4th. Linfoot passed Iddon on lap 20 as the former championship leader looked to do a bit of damage limitation for a bad weekend.

Mossey seemed to be struggling with tyres and was passed by Byrne and Bridewell on lap 22 and was soon under pressure from Linfoot. Haslam had got over the gap to Cooper as the pair had broke away from Byrne and the rest after they had all swapped positions. Iddon passed Mossey to take 6th as Mossey continued to fall down the pack. Byrne on lap 35 closed right up on the front two and looked a real threat for the win.

Bridewell looked secure in a lonely 4th at this stage which would complete the best weekend for him on the suzuki. Byrne moved inside Haslam going through the last corner and set about hunting down Cooper and was right on his back wheel in under half a lap. Byrne moved up the inside of Cooper on lap 28 as they went through the final corner.

Byrne won his first race of the year from Cooper and Haslam a very good ride from Byrne rode the race to perfection timing his push and saving his tyres. Cooper with another podium proving he is well with in with a shout of at least the top 6 showdown. Haslam completed the podium but just didnt seem to have the pace to live with Cooper or Byrne in the last few laps. Iddon rounded out a very disappointing weekend for the TYCO BMW squad with a 7th place they will be hoping this wont be repeated any time soon.

1. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R 30 laps
2. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR +0.554s
3. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +1.778s
4. Tommy Bridewell GBR Bennetts Suzuki GSX-R1000 +2.549s
5. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR +2.892s
6. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR +3.612s
7. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR +4.012s
8. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R +4.410s
9. Stuart Easton GBR ePayMe Yamaha YZF-R1 +7.539s
10. Luke Mossey GBR Quattro Plant Kawasaki ZX-10R +9.465s

Championship Standings after Race 2 :

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 93
  2. Shane Byrne  (Be Wiser Ducati) 90
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 86
  4. Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) 74
  5. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 66
  6. Jason O’Halloran (Honda Racing) 62
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