BSB race 1
Shane Byrne Dominated qaulifying destroying everyone else with a brilliant lap this was the first time BSB did the one lap superpole in Q3 and Byrne absolutely nailed it. Leon Haslam his closest rival in the title hunt got second but was a good distance off pole, Dan Linfoot completed the front with another impressive showing on the Old Fireblade. Broc Parkes on his return to the series showed the sort of pace that many were expecting from his last year getting 7th to start Race 1.
Race 1 Grid:
1. Shane Byrne GBR Be Wiser Ducati Panigale R
2. Leon Haslam GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R
3. Dan Linfoot GBR Honda Racing CBR1000RR
4. Jason O’Halloran AUS Honda Racing CBR1000RR
5. Peter Hickman GBR JG Speedfit Kawasaki ZX-10R
6. Danny Buchan GBR Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati Panigale R
7. Broc Parkes AUS ePayMe Yamaha YZF-R1
8. Christian Iddon GBR Tyco BMW S1000RR
9. Richard Cooper GBR Buildbase BMW S1000RR
Shane Byrne got into turn 1 first ahead of Leon Haslam and Jason O’Halloran. Ellison,Iddon,Parkes,Kennedy and Cooper had a coming together in turn 2 with Ellison and Cooper crashing out,Iddon,Parkes and Kennedy running on. Byrne ran off the track further into the lap ending up down the field. Meanwhile at the front it was the two Hondas fighting with Haslam O’Halloran passed him going in the final few corners and Linfoot got past going into turn one.
Linfoot took over the lead on lap 2 from his team mate O’Halloran Glenn Irwin was running 5th and after a bad qualifying Michael Laverty had moved up to 7th, Peter Hickman was between them and all three of them were closing up behind Buchan in 4th as it looked like we might get a 7 way fight for the win. Laverty and Hickman unfortunately fell foul of Irwin who unfortunately seemed to have an issue with his Ducati mid corner and the 2 guys behind him ran straight into the rear of his bike Irwin stayed on the bike but Laverty and Hickman both crashed out.
After his trip off track Byrne was a man on the mission setting the lap record on the 5th lap and carving his way through the field as he looked to limit the damage. O’Halloran moved into the lead with a lovely move at the end of the back straight but a mistake cost him the place later in the lap. The front 3 had broke away from Buchan who now had a very lonely ride in 4th place after the collision between Irwin,Laverty and Hickman. O’Halloran made the exact same move on Linfoot to re take the lead Haslam mean while sat behind them watching.
Byrne was now up to 5th place and was closing the front guys down at over a second a lap an impressive showing from the 4 time champ and ominous for the rest of the field that even with his off he made his way through the field so easily. The 2 hondas were now dropping Haslam in 3rd place the Kawasaki man did say before the race they hadnt had a race run in practice and was unsure how the tyres would hold together on his bike throughout the race.
After the quite manic start the race seemed to have settled down now Byrne was hunting down Haslam now but didnt look to have the pace to catch the Hondas at the front. Jake Dixon was having a great run on only his second outing on the RAF BMW running 7th, Billy McConnell was having his best run in BSB running 5th. Byrne got past Haslam at the end of the back straight with a block pass on Haslam it seemed that the Kawasaki an had no tyre left to fight him off. At the front it very much looked like Linfoot was stalking his team mate and waiting for the right opportunity to pass him.
Linfoot took the lead with 3 laps to go as he looked to break his team mate and take his first win in BSB. Dixon continued his impressive first race moving ahead of Bridewell for 6th place with Luke Mossey also getting past Bridwell to move into 7th. Linfoot was unable to break his team mate as O’Halloran was stuck right on his back wheel as they went onto the last lap of race 1. Billy McConnell moved into 4th place as Haslam fell backwards Byrne was secure in 3rd place at this stage a great recovery for him after his disasterous start to the race.
Linfoot lost the rear coming out of the last turn staying on the bike but losing all drive and allowing O’Halloran to take the win Byrne took 3rd place followed by McConnell 4th and Haslam 5th. Haslam remained on top of the title race but only by 8 points,O’Halloran was now 3rd moving ahead of Iddon who had another bad race on the TYCO BMW. A brilliant race between the two Hondas but worrying for the rest of the grid that Byrne was able to destroy the rest of the field even after running off the track.
Shane Byrne started race 2 from pole again race one winner started in 2nd and Leon Haslam rounded out the front row in 3rd. Linfoot started from 4th with Bryne’s team mate Glenn Irwin starting 5th, Peter Hickman managed to get the 6th fastest time in before he unfortunately collided with Irwin. With the pace Bryne showed in race 1 it is important for the others to get in front of him early to stop him getting away.
Byrne got to the front in turn one just ahead of O’Halloran and Haslam Laverty got inside Linfoot for 4th place a much better start for the TYCO man who needed a result to get back in with a chance of the showdown.Haslam passed O’Halloran as he tried to hunt down Byrne following him through was Laverty he was then in turn passed by Linfoot into turn two. Haslam and Linfoot had closed down on Byrne who hadnt quite opened up the gap many expected .
Linfoot passed Haslam going down the back straight carrying a lot of mid corner spped he closed right up to the back wheel of Byrne,The front 3 guys werent pulling away from Laverty in 4th who was also bringing O’Halloran with him making it a 5 way fight for the win.The front 3 started to break away from Laverty and O’halloran who in turn had a small gap back to the battle between Hickman and Irwin. On lap 7 Byrne started to ramp up the pace and break away from Linfoot the experience and composure of Byrne showing itself in race 2.
Iriwn got the better of Hickman on lap 8 passing him in to turn one the BSB really starting to show his true talent on the bike now. As it looked like Bryne might have been breaking away Linfoot upped his pace and was right on his back wheel dropping Haslam who in turn was falling into the battle between Laverty and O’Halloran.Christian Iddon who will be having surgery on his finger on the monday after the race was running an impressive 8th place not a terrible result consdiering his injury. James Ellison again struggling to match his team mates pace running in 12th place.
Haslam seemed to be really struggling with his tyres again as Laverty made the pass on him through the final corner and O’Halloran followed him through in turn one. Linfoot was still right on the rear wheel of Byrne a big shock for everyone considering the pace Byrne had in race 1. Haslam re passed O’Halloran at the end of the back straight to take 4th place as he looked to re group and salvage a podium. Iddon had moved up to 7th place and was battling Iriwn for 6th a much better showing for the whole TYCO team. Ellison unfortunately had to retire from the race as his miserable season continued,Iddon passed Irwin in the final corner to take 6th place a real warrior ride for him.
After a crash from Jenny Tinmouth the race was red flagged due to oil/petrol being left on the track Linfoot and Byrne almost crashed on it and unfortunately Hickman did crash because of it. That red flag meant Byrne took the win from Linfoot with Laverty taking a podium a much better result from him and one he dearly needed to regroup and get back in the showdown hunt. Haslam took 4th place ahead of O’Halloran in 5th with Iddon taking an impressive 6th place Irwin finished 7th a great result for the rookie and Peter Hickman kept his 8th place despite crashing due to the red flag being out before he crashed.
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