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Brookes serves up a Brands Hatch double from Shakey

Sunday, October 18 2015

Josh Brookes maintained his incredible run of form to secure his second win of the weekend at Brands Hatch with one race now remaining of the 2015 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship season.

On the opening lap Shane 'Shakey' Byrne hit the front of the pack from new champion Brookes and John Hopkins and Christian Iddon. As the pair crossed the line the Milwaukee Yamaha was marginally in front but as the pair tipped into Paddock Hill Bend, the PBM Kawasaki was in front again.

Brookes made his next move at Westfield a lap later and he fired ahead again, but drifted marginally wide and Byrne was straight back underneath him. The Australian was then piling on the pressure again, showing his front wheel to the four-time champion on a number of occasions before making another move at Westfield on the seventh lap.

Brookes then continued to edge out Byrne who doubled up on second place finishes but behind there was an incredible battle for third place with Michael Laverty emerging ahead despite running outside the top five in the early stages.

Laverty had forced his way ahead of John Hopkins on the 16th lap and he held him at bay until the finish. The American came under pressure from James Ellison in the closing stages but he pushed the JG Speedfit Kawasaki through to fifth on the final laps from Lee Jackson and Luke Mossey.

Iddon held eighth position for the Bennetts Suzuki from Danny Buchan who dropped to ninth with Dan Linfoot completing the top ten with all six manufacturers represented in the top ten.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two:

1: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
2: Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +3.842s
3: Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +7.767s
4: John Hopkins (Lloyds British Moto Rapido Ducati) +7.882s
5: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +8.174s
6: Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +8.237s
7: Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +8.411s
8: Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +8.615s
9: Danny Buchan (PBM Kawasaki) +9.684s
10: Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +12.590s

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

1: Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 703
2: Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 646
3: James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 594
4: Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 576
5: Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 543
6: Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 541

The MCE British Superbike Championship season finale takes place at Brands Hatch 16-18 October 2015. For more information please click here, or call 0843 453 9000.