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Brookes wins epic duel with Shakey to win first MCE BSB crown

Saturday, October 17 2015

Josh Brookes has secured his first MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship title today (Saturday) at Brands Hatch as the Australian won the opening race of the triple-header weekend from Shane 'Shakey' Byrne in an epic dogfight between the pair on the Grand Prix circuit.

At the start of the race Brookes fired off the pole position into the lead from Danny Buchan and Byrne, but the defending champion had moved up to second at Druids and then had his arch rival in his sights.

The pair were inseparable and Byrne was instantly trying to attack, however he had to wait until the third lap to make a move down the inside at Surtees with just 0.2s covering the pair as they crossed the line.

The tension continued for the next laps then on lap five Brookes made his move to regain the lead, but two corners later Byrne bit back to reclaim the position. As they crossed the line Byrne held the advantage but Brookes was planning his next move and after several attempts on the eighth lap he pulled a pass at Stirlings but Byrne instantly responded with a move around the outside at Clearways.

Byrne was defending hard from but on the twelfth lap Brookes moved ahead at Stirlings and then he set about extending an advantage. The Milwaukee Yamaha rider crossed the line first to claim his first title with Byrne second but behind the pair it was an incredible result for the Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati team as John Hopkins claimed them their first podium finish after running with the leading pair in the first half of the race.

Christian Iddon was to repeat his best result of the season in fourth place after a dynamic race saw him move up the order for Bennetts Suzuki after big battles with James Ellison, Luke Mossey and Buchan, whilst Lee Jackson surged through to fifth over the final stages of the race.

Ellison held sixth from Mossey as Buchan dropped back to eighth place, holding off Michael Laverty and Jakub Smrz ahead of tomorrow's two races. 

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race one result:

  1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
  2. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +2.583s
  3. John Hopkins (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +2.746s
  4. Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +4.033s
  5. Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +8.047s
  6. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +8.993s
  7. Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +9.002s
  8. Danny Buchan (PBM Kawasaki) +9.662s
  9. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +10.105s
  10. Jakub Smrz (Milwaukee Yamaha) +10.370s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch race one:

  1. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 678
  2. Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 626
  3. James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 583
  4. Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 560
  5. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 537
  6. Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 536