Josh Brookes- Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha- made his return to the top step of the podium this weekend at round seven of the MCE British Superbike Championship at the Thruxton circuit.
Despite the lengthy delays, the shortened race got underway with pole man Jake Dixon getting a blistering start off the line, leaving Smiths Racing BMW rider Peter Hickman and Josh Brookes in the lurches. Shane Byrne, who started from 7th place on the grid, began dropping down the ranks after making a mistake on his Be Wiser Ducati machine at the chicane. Once the safety car was released after an incident involving Billy McConnell, the riders bunched up which led to Dixon being immediately chased down from Hickman once the race resumed. Then on lap 9 of the race Hickman made his move on the chicane to the take the lead.
However, with three laps remaining, Brookes had taken the lead and was able to stretch a slight lead over Hickman and Dixon. Brookes managed to keep the lead over the finish line, giving the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha their first premier class victory. During the final few laps, Dixon and Hickman were battling it out; however, it was Hickman who took the second spot on the podium with Dixon finishing in third. After fighting his way back through the pack, Byrne managed to cross the line in fourth place with Christian Iddon- Tyco BMW- behind him in fifth place.
The remaining JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider (after Luke Mossey’s incident earlier in the weekend) Leon Haslam finished in 7th place with Bradley Ray on his Buildbase Suzuki machine in 8th.
It was Peter Hickman- Smiths Racing BMW- who completed the fastest lap of race one on lap 9 with a time of 1:15.017s.
Results (top 5):
- Josh Brookes – Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha – 24:56.104
- Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – +1.026
- Jake Dixon – RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki – +1.774
- Shane Byrne – Be Wiser Ducati – +2.305
- Christian Iddon – Tyco BMW – +5.604
Race Two –
In Race Two at Thruxton, yet another team celebrated their first win in the premier class with Peter Hickman being victorious on his Smiths Racing BMW machine.
Once again, Jake Dixon got another amazing start leading Peter Hickman and Josh Brookes. However, by the end of lap one, Shane Byrne was looking to be back on the podium as by the end of the second lap he had moved into second place. After a top 10 finish in race one it was heartbreak for Bennetts Suzuki rider Bradley Ray as he crashed out whilst once again running in the top 10.
After Byrne and Dixon had been playing cat and mouse battling for the lead, Hickman decided to get in on the action and took the lead on the eighth lap of the race. Josh Brookes then took his Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha into second place and then into the lead as Byrne dropped back before retiring due to tyre issues. Brookes was leading the race until the penultimate lap where he crashed out unhurt.
With Brookes out, Hickman took the lead once again with Dixon in second leaving Christian Iddon, Leon Haslam and Jason O’Halloran battling it out for the final spot on the podium. It was on the last lap when Haslam finally made his move on Iddon- Tyco BMW- taking the last step on the podium. Both Martin Jessop- Riders Motorcycles BMW- and Lee Jackson- Smiths Racing BMW- had a very successful race two with Jessop finishing in sixth place and Jackson finishing in seventh place.
On lap 2 of the race, Shane Byrne- Be Wiser Ducati- completed the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:14.845s.
Results (top 5):
- Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – 22:46.021
- Jake Dixon – RAF Regular and Reserve Kawasaki – +6.044
- Leon Haslam – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – +11.227
- Christian Iddon – Tyco BMW – +11.467
- Jason O’Halloran – Honda Racing – +14.971
Championship standings after round 7 (top 6):
- Shane Byrne – Be Wiser Ducati – 203pts
- Leon Haslam – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 184pts
- Peter Hickman – Smiths Racing BMW – 164pts
- Luke Mossey – JG Speedfit Kawasaki – 161pts
- Josh Brookes – Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha – 154pts
- Jason O’Halloran – Honda Racing – 154pts