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Byrne trails Haslam by 21 points going into final day of MCE BSB

Saturday, October 14 2017

Shane 'Shakey' Byrne closed Leon Haslam's advantage in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings to 21 points ahead of tomorrow's title-deciding final two races at Brands Hatch.

Byrne had a slow start off the line in today's race and Josh Brookes, Christian Iddon and Haslam stole the advantage. On the second lap,Iddon fired the Tyco BMW into the lead at Paddock Hill Bend as Byrne closed in on Haslam.

A lap later though and the race was halted when Dan Linfoot suffered a technical problem which appeared to spill coloant or fuel on the track, causing Jake Dixon, Sylvain Guintoli, Michael Rutter and Martin Jessopp all to crash out.

On the restart Iddon led the pack after a lightening start ahead of Haslam, Byrne and Michael Laverty with Brookes, Jason O'Halloran and James Ellison in close contention.

Byrne though was on the attack and he made a move into second place and then had his sights set on the Tyco BMW ahead of him, passing Iddon to hit the front of the pack. The pair edged out an advantage, and behind Michael Laverty was forced to retire out of the battle.

Brookes was getting into a rhythm and was making moves through the field, forcing his way through into third place and gapping the battle for fourth behind him.

It was a fierce battle for supremacy but Haslam was not giving up without a fight and a typically determined performance saw him hold off Ellison and O'Halloran. Peter Hickman held seventh place, just ahead of team-mate Lee Jackson and Bradley Ray.  Richard Cooper completed the top ten for Buildbase Suzuki.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, Race 1:

  1. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati)
  2. Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) +1.799s
  3. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) +2.196s
  4. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) +8.724s
  5. James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) +8.785s
  6. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) +8.994s
  7. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) +14.568s
  8. Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW) +17.260s
  9. Bradley Ray (Buildbase Suzuki) +17.305s
  10. Richard Cooper (Bennetts Suzuki) +17.576s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch Race 1:

  1. Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 625
  2. Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) 604
  3. Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 596
  4. Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki) 558
  5. Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 558
  6. Jason O'Halloran (Honda Racing) 536

The 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship concludes on the legendary Brands Hatch GP circuit this weekend.  For more information click HERE