BSB RD8 Review

Race 1:

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Leon Haslam took the victory in a hard fought race where there was no less than 8 riders fighting for the 1st position, Haslam had qualified on the front row in 3rd place and he took the lead into turn one instantly looking to assert himself on the race he led for the majority of the race losing the place for only 6 laps but never dropped any lower than 2nd keeping the pressure on at the front, He was made to work hard for the win but looked comfortable while leading never putting a foot wrong despite intense pressure not only from the riders behind but only from himself as he hasnt had a win since Oulton Park earlier in the year.

 

 

 

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Jake Dixon continued his brilliant form coming home 2nd he to got a great start coming from the second row of the grid to get himself up behind Haslam early in the race taking the lead from him at the early stage of the race, Unfortunately for him Haslam looked to have a little bit extra in the tank he did push him all the way and made a big push for the win in the final lap but couldnt make a move so settled for 2nd place.

 

 

 

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Shane Byrne completed the podium having looked strong throughout practice and qualifying he was many peoples tip to take the wins today, Starting on pole he set off well and was running with the front group till a massive moment on lap saw him save a lowside pushing the bike back up with his knee luckily for him it didnt cost him a tonne of time but he admitted after the race it shook his confidence a bit, He was able to run the pace of the Kawasakis at the front but was never able to make a move and on the final lap he had the hard charging Peter Hickman to deal with, Hickman who was forced wide by Byrne’s earlier incident dropping down to 8th place and had to fight his way back up to the front managing to rescue a 4th place.

 

 

 

Lee Jackson backed up the pace he showed in qualifying taking a 6th place his best result this season joining him was Michael Laverty who had one of his best races to date on his Yamaha securing a 7th place finish and running with the front group for the majority of the race, BSB newcomer Andy Reid also had his best ride coming home in 13th place only one place behind usual king of the mountain Josh Brookes who had a strangely low key race never looking like he had the pace of the front men.

 

Result:

  1. L.Haslam
  2. J.Dixon +0.131
  3. S.Byrne +0.404
  4. P.Hickman +0.689
  5. J.O’Halloran +1.106
  6. L.Jackson +1.224
  7. M.Laverty +4.247
  8. C.Iddon +4.311
  9. T.Bridewell +4.502
  10. J.Ellison +4.754

 

 

Race 2:

 

 

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James Ellison took the win in an event filled race 2 starting on the front row he didnt get the best of starts dropping down to 5th place for first 5 or so laps, He had been setting fast laps times but was struggling to find his way past Peter Hickman but once he cleared him he set off in chase of the front 3 who at that stage consisted of Shane Byrne,Jake Dixon and local boy Lee Jackson. Both Dixon and Byrne failed to finish the race with Dixon crashing out and Byrne forced to retire with a technical issue their retirements left Ellison to fight with Jackson and Hickman eventually the superior pace of the Yamaha saw him take his first win in what has been a trying season for both himself and the team.

 

 

 

 

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Lee Jackson started race 2 on pole and did not look out of place in this race,running at the front for the whole race setting lap times comparable to the likes of Byrne and even setting the new lap record he was looking extremely strong at the front and after Dixon fell he was leading the race but lost the place to Byrne he re-took the place after the Ducati man was forced to retire eventually he lost out to Ellison who even in race 1 looked to have the pace to run at the front, This is a welcome result for Jackson who has shown glimpses of this sort of result but has had an unlucky start to the season.

 

 

 

 

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The man of the moment Peter Hickman continued his fine form rounding of his weekend with another podium bringing his BMW home in 3rd, He had shown super pace throughout the weekend and believed that even in race 1 had he not been forced onto the crash he could have challenged for a win he started of well keeping in touch with the front but not quite showing the pace of the guys in the podium places, When Ellison went past him he was left to fend of Leon Haslam who made a strange late lunge and crashed out of the race with no pressure from behind Hickman picked up his pace and was right on the back of the Ellison,Jackson battle for the lead he made a massive challenge to take the lead passing both but ran just wide losing a bit of time and effectively ending his chance at the win. With the 3rd place he solidified his place in the top 6 as well as close the gap in the podium credits points it cannot be doubted that he is a true title contender now he was also crowned king of the mountain for this weekend.

 

Jason O’Halloran completed a solid weekend coming home in 4th place in race 1 never able to trouble the guys at the front this was a decent points haul to keep himself challenging for the showdown, Chrisitan Iddon while scoring good points didnt have a great weekend on his BMW finishing race 2 in 5th this weekend he was hoping to make moves up the table but it never came to fruition. Glenn Irwin got a fantastic result in this race finishing in 9th place considering the injuries he has suffered he has to be very happy with this.

 

Result:

  1. J.Ellison
  2. L.Jackson +0.696
  3. P.Hickman +2.237
  4. J.O’Halloran +5.739
  5. C.Iddon +6.010
  6. T.Bridewell +7.501
  7. J.Brookes +7.670
  8. M.Laverty +10.336
  9. G.Irwin +10.367
  10. S.Guintoli +15.830

 

 

Top 6: 

  1. S.Byrne 219
  2. L.Haslam 209 -10
  3. P.Hickman 193 -26
  4. J.O’Halloran 178 -41
  5. J.Brookes 167 -52
  6. L.Mossey 161 -58

British Superbikes again proved why in racing terms it is the best in the world and this weekend has just ramped up the anticipation for the final round before the showdown at Silverstone with none of the places confirmed anyone of the top 8 riders could still be in or left out in the cold make sure to keep an eye here for a preview of that. 

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