POLE POSITION: LEFT
MCE BSB LAP RECORD:LEON HASLAM – KAWASAKI1:26.590 (2016)
The BSB championship rolls into Cadwell park or as its now known “The party in the Park” for round 8 of the championship, The circuit has earned the nickname of the “Mini-Nurburgring” due to the amount of challenging corners this mixed with the iconic “Mountain” section where bikes become airbourne by several feet has earned it the reputation as one of the most technical circuits on the calendar. Cadwell is known for its close and exciting races that added to the fact this is the penultimate round before the showdown kicks off should lead to some of the best racing we have seen so far this year.
Shane Byrne took race 1 ahead of Leon Haslam the pair battled it out till the final lap with Byrne eventually taking the win, They were joined on the podium by Jason O’Halloran who had to fend off a hard charging Tommy Bridewell. Race 2 saw Haslam take the win comfortably as he left O’Halloran and Byrne to battle it out for second and third place with the Australian eventually getting the best of the exchange finishing in second place leaving Byrne to take third.
A full review of last years racing can be found here: ( https://tractioncontrolblog.wordpress.com/2016/08/29/bsb-rd-8-review/ )
Peter Hickman firmly placed himself into title contention at Thruxton taking a win and a second place to move himself up to third in the championship and even more importantly score some vital podium credits, Along with Hickman Josh Brookes had a strong showing dominating race 1 but unfortunately an unknown issue caused him to crash out while leading in race 2. Jake Dixon moved himself within striking distance of the top 6 showdown with a second and third place finish Leon Haslam managed to do some damage limitation in what he felt was his weakest circuit of the year taking third place in race 2 after Brookes and Shane Byrne failed to finish.
Peter Hickman continued his fine form at the Ulster Grand Prix taking home 3 wins as well as a Superbike win at the Dundrod 150 races:
While widely reported earlier in the year that Leon Haslam would be heading back to WSBK in 2018 he has recently stated nothing is yet confirmed:
Josh Brookes will be looking for answers on the strange front end crashed he has suffered in the last few rounds:
Luke Mossey will miss this weekends races:
Lee Dixon will be making his Moto2 debut during the British Grand Prix at Silverstone as he is being brought in by the Dynavolt Intact team to deputise for the injured Marcel Schrotter.