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Mossey celebrates maiden MCE BSB race win at Brands Hatch

Monday, April 17 2017

Luke Mossey celebrated a debut win in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this afternoon (Monday) at Brands Hatch, keeping his cool to win the race for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team as pole sitter James Ellison crashed out.

Leon Haslam had led the pack on the opening lap ahead of Mossey and Ellison but two laps later McAMS Yamaha of Ellison had hit the front as Haslam ran wide at Druids. The leading trio were closely followed by Christian Iddon, but Ellison was trying to break the pack.

Ellison had edged out a small advantage, however his hard work ended with a crash at Druids as he slid out of contention on the twelfth lap. That left Mossey leading Haslam and Iddon with the scrap for second place intensifying - they traded blows before Iddon made a move at Paddock Hill Bend that kept Haslam in third.

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne though was closing in on Iddon and Haslam and with four laps to go he was within striking distance. Haslam knew the defending champion was gaining and he then made a move on Iddon and Paddock Hill Bend to move second. It was short lived when the Tyco BMW rider returned the move at Druids, but as they exited Graham Hill Bend, Haslam was back ahead.

At the front Mossey went on to claim the victory with Haslam just having the edge over Iddon and Byrne at the line. The Be Wiser Ducati rider had broken through the pack behind him that featured Dan Linfoot in fifth as the Honda Racing team made big steps forward with Glenn Irwin separating him from the second Fireblade of Jason O'Halloran.

Michael Laverty, Peter Hickman and Josh Brookes completed the top ten with Sylvain Guintoli retiring from the race with a technical problem.

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

  1. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki)
  2. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +3.529s
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +3.802s
  4. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) +3.920s
  5. Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +6.352s
  6. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) +7.544s
  7. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +7.588s
  8. Michael Laverty (McAMS Yamaha) +8.775s
  9. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +8.775s
  10. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +10.853s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after race one:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 70
  2. Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 56
  3. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 45
  4. Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 36
  5. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 35
  6. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 28

Raceday tickets to the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch are available on the gate for £34 with free entry for under-13s.  For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  HERE