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MCE BSB's Mossey makes it a dream double at Brands Hatch

Monday, April 17 2017

Luke Mossey has waited for his debut win in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and today (Monday) the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider made it a dream double at Brands Hatch as he celebrated victory in race two.

There was drama for James Ellison as the pole sitter didn't take the start of the race after crashing his McAMS Yamaha in race one. He had headed out onto the grid, but retired after the warm up lap.

His JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam had again taken the lead on the opening lap, but Mossey, Christian Iddon and Jason O'Halloran were ready to try and make a move. Mossey didn't wait long and a lap later made a dive down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend, however Haslam instantly fought back to regain the position into Druids.

Three laps later and Mossey went for a repeat move on the brakes into Paddock Hill Bend with Haslam again forcing his way back into the lead as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mates approached Druids for the fifth time.  

A lap later and Mossey made the move and defended hard and then Haslam was coming under attack from Iddon onboard the Tyco BMW, who made a move into Paddock Hill Bend a few laps later and was keeping Haslam at bay.

The leading four though were being closed again by Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and he made a move on Haslam to move into third, however it was a double disappointment for the Be Wiser Ducati team as both the defending champion and Glenn Irwin crashed out unhurt at Clearways within just laps of each other.

Mossey had more in the final laps and he began easing ahead of Iddon with Haslam taking evasive action when Byrne had crashed ahead of him to drop off the leading pair, but a double podium means he retained his position at the top of the standings.

Josh Brookes won the battle of the Australians by mugging Jason O'Halloran for fourth place at the line as the Honda Racing rider achieved their best position of the season so far in fifth ahead of his team-mate Dan Linfoot who emerged ahead after an epic scrap with Smiths Racing BMW's Peter Hickman.

Rookie Bradley Ray claimed his first top ten finish of the season in eighth place with John Hopkins and Sylvain Guintoli in ninth and tenth respectively.

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

  1. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
  2. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +0.758s
  3. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +1.851s
  4. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +4.032s
  5. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +4.188s
  6. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +8.205s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +8.735s
  8. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +8.982s
  9. John Hopkins (Moto Rapido Ducati) +9.234s
  10. Sylvain Guintoli (Bennetts Suzuki) +10.249s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 86
  2. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 81
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 65
  4. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 48
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 37
  6. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 36 

The next major event at Brands Hatch is the Blancpain GT Series Sprint Cup on 6/7 May. Tickets are available in advance from £22 with free entry for under-13s. For more information, call 0843 453 9000 or click here.