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Hickman becomes second debut victor as rivals crash out

Monday, August 25 2014

Peter Hickman became the second rider to celebrate a debut MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race win in the final race of the day at Cadwell Park as the RAF Reserves Honda rider scored the team victory ahead of Byrne. However it was disappointment for title contenders Josh Brookes and Ryuichi Kiyonari who both crashed out unhurt.

Byrne initially hit the front of the field on the opening lap from Hickman and race one winner Tommy Bridewell, but the RAF Reserves Honda rider didn't wait long to make a move and he passed the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki rider to claim the advantage.

Hickman was edging away from Byrne as he mastered the wet conditions and although at the mid-point of the race the gap closed, the triple champion couldn't get close enough to make a move and the RAF Reserves Honda team celebrated victory in their debut season in MCE BSB. Byrne held on to second to double up on podium finishes but for his closest rivals it was a disastrous second race.

Josh Brookes' race was dramatically cut short when he crashed at the top of the Mountain on the warm up lap and although the Milwaukee Yamaha rider took his position on the grid he was black flagged and had to return to the garage.

Brookes wasn't the only one of the confirmed Title Fighters to crash out of contention with Kiyonari high-siding out of third place at the Hairpin on the fifth lap to end his hopes of closing in on Byrne in the Podium Points standings.

Bridewell had a double celebration as he scored a third place finish to secure his position as a Title Fighter in the Showdown but behind the battle raged throughout the race. Gary Mason carved his way through the order to score the Tsingtao Kawasaki team their best result in the championship in fourth place and behind Josh Waters and Jon Kirkham both bounced back from their race one crashes to finish in fifth and sixth respectively.

Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki's stand in rider Glen Richards used his wealth of experience to dice with the pack, holding off Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki's Chris Walker for seventh position in the closing stages of the race. Local contender Ben Wilson was back at the sharp end for Gearlink Kawasaki in ninth place with Michael Rutter holding off Dan Linfoot for the final top ten position.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, race two result:

  1. Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves Honda)
  2. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +3.398s
  3. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +12.886s
  4. Gary Mason (Tsingtao Kawasaki) +18.282s
  5. Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki) +24.701s
  6. Jon Kirkham (Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki) +28.781s
  7. Glen Richards (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +29.031s
  8. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +32.093s
  9. Ben Wilson (Gearlink Kawasaki) +32.357s
  10. Michael Rutter (Bathams BMW) +33.034s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Cadwell Park:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 353
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 257
  3. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) 202
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) 183
  5. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) 170
  6. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) 160