MCE BSB LAP RECORD:JOSH BROOKES – SUZUKI 1:25.426 (2011)
After a 2 week break the British Superbike championship returns to action, Brands Hatch will be playing host to round 6 of the championship unlike round 2 which was also held at Brands Hatch the layout being used this weekend will be the full Grand Prix circuit. Brands Hatch is still one of the top race circuits in the UK if not in Europe with its iconic layout and rich history it is a favourite among riders and fans alike.
Last season this weekend as is often the case around any Brands layout was dominated by the King of Brands Shane Byrne he took both race wins to cement his lead at the top of the championship which he would eventually go on to win from Leon Haslam who took Second place in both races behind Byrne he was the real challenger for the Ducati rider but even then he couldnt match his pace, Luke Mossey scored a podium with a third in race one and the ever impressive Jason O’Halloran took third in race two.
Last time out:
Shane Byrne stamped his authority back on the championship taking a dominant pole as well as two commanding victories this was an ominous showing from the champion for the rest of the field as once Byrne gets rolling he is very difficult to beat, Josh Brookes had his best weekend since returning to BSB taking a brace of second places to put himself firmly back in the showdown and title contention while he didnt quite have the pace to push Byrne he was very much the best of the rest, Fellow Australian Jason O’Halloran showed the potential that the new Fireblade has by taking two third places he had to battle for them holding off the advances of Leon Haslam in race one and Jake Dixon in race two.
A full round up of Round 5 can be found here if you need a refresher: https://tractioncontrolblog.wordpress.com/2017/07/02/bsb-rd5-weekend-review/
Christian Iddon will make his return from injury this weekend after missing the previous 2 rounds and losing his showdown position he is hoping to make up lost crowd this weekend, It was also announced that he would be riding for the BMW Motorrad39 team at this years Suzuka 8 hour race this will be Iddon’s first time competing at the event.
Another rider who will be hoping to prove his fitness to race this weekend is Glenn Irwin the Ducati rider is still suffering from his Knockhill accident but hopes to aloud to race this weekend:
Monster Energy will be hosting a free fan event this Thursday for fans with opportunities to meet riders:
Dan Linfoot will be joining fellow BSB riders Josh Brookes, Sylvain Guintoli, Jason O’Halloran, Leon Haslam and Christian Iddon and will be making his debut at the Suzuka 8 hour he will be riding alongside former BSB champion Ryuichi Kiyonari.
Speaking of Suzuka I will be doing a preview of the event in the week leading up to it so keep an eye on my Twitter for that as I will be highlighting the Teams and Riders BSB,WSBK and Moto GP fans should be watching out for.