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Brookes continues winning MCE BSB momentum as Buchan crashes out

Sunday, August 23 2015

Milwaukee Yamaha's Josh Brookes continued his winning streak in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship by celebrating the opening race victory of the day at Cadwell Park today (Sunday) following an intense opener in Lincolnshire.

The race got underway with Brookes instantly hitting the front of the pack, launching from his pole position to lead Luke Mossey, Peter Hickman, Tommy Bridewell and Danny Buchan. As Be Wiser Kawasaki's Buchan bid to make up ground after losing positions at the start of the race, the 22-year-old crashed out at the top of the Mountain on the eighth lap.

Buchan's stricken Be Wiser Kawasaki prompted a brief Safety Car intervention and when the lights went out on the Nissan GT-R to resume the race Brookes was ready to try and make a break. Billy McConnell though seized his opportunity as the Smiths Racing BMW rider hit the top five after making a move on Bridewell at Coppice.

Hickman, Mossey, McConnell, Bridewell and Michael Laverty with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne also in close contention, then had to scrap it out for the final podium positions as Brookes made marginal gains to edge ahead at the front.

McConnell was fired up and on the penultimate lap he made a move on Mossey at Park corner, the move pushed the Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider wide and the Tyco BMWs took full advantage to move ahead too.

Bridewell then had McConnell in his sights and he made a decisive move at Coppice on the final lap to move third. The Australian though wasn't prepared to give up without a fight and he was trying every move in his power to reclaim the final podium position. It came down to an incredible move from McConnell at the bottom of the Mountain to push himself back ahead of the Tyco BMW and he then defended hard through the Woodlands section to claim his first podium finish behind Brookes and Hickman.

Bridewell was forced to settle for fourth ahead of his Tyco BMW team-mate Laverty with Byrne climbing to sixth ahead of Mossey. Richard Cooper was the leading Buildbase BMW on his debut with the team ahead of Christian Iddon who battled into the top ten and Dan Linfoot on the Honda Racing Fireblade. They narrowly finished ahead of Team WD-40 Kawasaki's Jack Kennedy who fought on to eleventh despite fractured his fibula in warm up this morning.

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Cadwell Park, race one result:
1.Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
2.Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +1.878s
3.Billy McConnell (Smiths Racing BMW) +3.557s
4.Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +3.831s
5.Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +3.977s
6.Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +4.128s
7.Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +4.999s
8.Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +5.980s
9.Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +6.582s
10.Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +6.656s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Cadwell Park:
1.Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 291
2.Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 264
3.James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 147
4.Stuart Easton (PBM Kawasaki) 139
5.Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 126
6.Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 125

Raceday tickets for the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Cadwell Park on 23 August are available for £32 on the gate. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.