BSB – Silverstone

British Superbike Championship race one (30 laps)
1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
2 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)
3 Tarran Mackenzie (Yamaha)
4 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
5 Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki)
6 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)

Bennetts British Superbike Championship race two (30 laps)
1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
2 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)
3 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)
4 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
5 Christian Iddon (BMW)
6 Tommy Bridewell (Ducati)
DNF Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki)

Bennetts British Superbike Championship race three (26 laps)
1 Leon Haslam (Kawasaki)
2 Tarran Mackenzie (Yamaha)
3 Jake Dixon (RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki)
4 Glenn Irwin (Ducati)
5 Jason O’Halloran (Honda)
6 Josh Brookes (Yamaha)

Championship Positions (after nine rounds)
1 Haslam 568pts
2 Dixon 523
3 Brookes 519
4 Ray 519
5 Irwin 516
6 Hickman 504

Jake Dixon and the RAF Regular & Reserve Kawasaki team battled hard at round nine of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone over the weekend and an 11th podium of the season sees them now head into the final three-round Showdown.

Having placed second quickest in the dry conditions on Friday, Jake was equally comfortable in the damp on Saturday and after placing third quickest in the morning’s final practice session, he duly qualified in second place for the first of the weekend’s three races.

A good start to the 30-lap race saw him complete the opening lap in second place and here he remained until lap four when he was promoted into the lead after early pace setter Bradley Ray crashed out. By lap seven, he’d slipped back to second and by half race distance this had become fourth as he struggled for grip.

Championship leader Leon Haslam then pushed him back to fifth and although he rallied in the final third, to close to within a second of the lead, he had to settle for fifth place at the chequered flag.

With the fastest lap of the race though, he started Sunday’s first 30-lap race from pole position and immediately slotted into the top three. On this occasion, he had no issues with grip and at half race distance he moved up to second, which soon became the lead four laps later. The 22-year old led until lap 24 when Haslam overtook him but he moved back into the lead on lap 27 when his fellow Kawasaki rider was instructed to drop back a place after an earlier coming together with Bradley Ray.

He pushed Jake back to second on the penultimate lap but just when it looked like second place would make up for Saturday’s result, he slid off on oil on the final with just two corners to go.

Back in seventh on the grid for the third and final race of the weekend, Jake dropped back to ninth in the early stages which gave him plenty of work to do but he soon moved forward, climbing into the top six for the first time on lap six. With just five laps to go, he took over third place in what was another pulsating race and that was where he ultimately finished to finish the weekend on a high.

The third place saw Jake add another single podium credit to his total as the series now heads into the final three-round Showdown, where the points are reset at 500 with each riders’ podium credits added. This means he now has a total of 523 points, 45 adrift of Haslam with seven races remaining.

Nick Anderson was also in action on the Briggs Equipment Kawasaki with three races in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000cc Championship. Having his second outing with the team, the Scarborough rider took two solid finishes in 21st and 24th before being forced to retire from Sunday’s third and final race although it was another good effort as he continued to get used to the 1000cc ZX-10R.

Jake Dixon: “It’s been quite a tough weekend as although our one lap pace was excellent, we couldn’t string it all together for the full race distance. We were struggling in a few areas at a circuit which probably didn’t suit the Kawasaki as well as some of the other bikes. Fifth in race one was ok but the crash was completely out of hands due to the oil and it was disappointing that there weren’t any oil flags being displayed.”

“The penalty that Leon received didn’t seem to be executed very well and going from first to second didn;t hinder him at all. It is what it is so I had to come out fighting in the third and final race to try and salvage something from the weekend which I did with third place. The team have done a great job all weekend but we just need to improve in a few areas to give ourselves the best chance possible of winning the title.”
The Honda Racing team are taking the positives from the ninth round of the Bennetts British Superbike Championship at Silverstone’s National Circuit, where both Jason O’Halloran and Dan Linfoot fought hard all weekend aboard the Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade.
Across the two races O’Halloran was in the front group and the first race of the day saw him ninth on grid, but he soon moved up through the pack. During the closing stages he was at the front and in a dramatic end, he crossed the line fourth. However a puncture to his rear tyre caused him to crash just after the finish line.
Unhurt from the fall, ‘The O’Show’ lined up on the front row of the grid for the final race in second place. As the lights went out he was leading, but an incident on track saw the race red flagged and it was restarted over 26 laps. Resuming his grid position he charged off the line and again to the front. Leading the way he gave it his all and although dropping back, he crossed the line fifth, just 1.495s from first place, to enjoy his best set of results since his accident mid-season.
Dan Linfoot put in a solid performance across the weekend, consistently improving his times and with good pace he finished the first race 11th. Starting the final race of the day from 15th on the grid, he dug deep and made his way into eighth. However on lap 21 he pulled-up with a technical problem indicating to water temperature, which ended his run.
The Honda Racing team now have a quick turn around, as next weekend (14-16 September) is the tenth round of the series at Oulton Park. Both riders have enjoyed good results at the Cheshire circuit with podiums and a win for Linfoot – so their eyes are firmly looking towards the top.

#4
Dan Linfoot
It’s been a building weekend for me this round, we knew coming into it I wasn’t going to be up there and fighting for podiums coming back from injury, but I’m pleased with the results and the progress made. The first race today I did expect more after yesterday, but I struggled with grip throughout. We made minimal changes for the final race and the feeling was so different and I was lapping half a second faster. I was feeling strong and having started from 15th I made my way into eighth, and was just a few seconds from the leader, but unfortunately I had to pull over and couldn’t continue the race with a technical issue. However, I am happy enough with the weekend, it has been difficult at times managing my expectations – you want to be up the front and with your teammate who’s doing well and naturally after some time off you’re not. But it’s on to the next one now and last year I won at Oulton Park, so it holds good memories for me and it’s a circuit I enjoy, so we’ll see how we get on.

#22
Jason O’Halloran
It’s been a positive day we’ve had a fourth and fifth, and the second race we were just 1.495s off the winner, we led for a few laps and it was nice to be back running at the front. I also started on the front row, so we have plenty of positives to take from today. It’s been a challenging year so far, but I feel we’ve made a step forward and it’s now time to start challenging for podiums again, where we were before my injury and this weekend has been a good step towards that. We’ve been up front all weekend and the results this round are the best since my injury. We were six points shy of the top six, so considering the races I missed through injury and the struggle we had in the middle part of the season, we’ve done a pretty good job to even be in with a shout of it! Thanks to all the guys for all their hard work and faith, I’m disappointed to have got injured, which derailed our year, but we have three rounds left and still plenty of races to try and grab a win or two! This weekend was a good push towards that and I’m looking forward to Oulton Park.

 

Havier Beltran
Team Manager
It’s been a positive weekend and we’re leaving with our heads held high. Both Dan and Jason had a good weekend and we made progress throughout. We knew coming into this that Dan would be building, he’s back from injury and having missed some races, but I’m pleased with how he’s gone and it was just a shame in the final race. But we know and we’ve seen what he’s capable of, and I know it’s just a matter of time before he’s fighting back at the front and on the podium again. Coming here for Jason the Showdown was still possible mathematically and was even the case coming into the final race, if he’d finished first or second with Peter [Hickman] out the points, we’d have been in. But fair play to Jason for his effort and his determination from injury, this is racing and sometimes it doesn’t work out, but with the year he’s had to just be six points away is credible and we can only grow stronger as a team. I’m looking forward to Oulton Park, they both have good track records there and it’s onwards and upwards for Honda Racing.

It was a triple podium visit for the McAMS Yamaha Superbike team as Josh Brookes and Tarran Mackenzie fought for the lead over three high octane encounters at the new National configuration Silverstone circuit. Matt Truelove continued his progression in the Pirelli Superstock 1000 series whilst Yamaha supported rider Ryan Vickers took the Superstock 600 Championship in fine style on his Mototechniks Yamaha.

The Superbike pairing made their intentions known in the very first session with a McAMS 1-2 in free practice 1, eventually qualifying on row two with Taz in 4th and 5th place for Josh.

Race one was held on Saturday in cool conditions and both McAMS riders led a thrilling encounter at different times and battled each other throughout. Josh struggled for grip and had to settle for fourth whilst Taz took a popular third place, for his first Bennetts British Superbike podium.

Sunday’s first outing saw the duo again battle at the front with Josh finishing an eventual second behind series leader Leon Haslam. It was disappointment for Taz however after he slid out from another podium position after hitting oil from another rider on the final lap.

Race three was yet another full-blooded affair and Tarran fought throughout the 26 lap encounter, leading for a number of laps, and was able to make a return to the podium with a strong second place. It was a frustrating final race for Josh, who eventually finished in sixth place. However the Australian rider has importantly secured his position in the all-important Showdown and will now go on to fight for the 2018 title.

It was a mixed weekend for Matt Truelove in the Pirelli National Superstock 1000 class, with the rookie rider struggling with clutch problems in the opening races on Saturday before turning it around on Sunday to run fast and competitive times. Yamaha supported rider Ryan Vickers cemented his dominance in the Pirelli National Superstock 600 class with another victory, securing the 2018 title in the process.

Josh Brookes said; “Some days come easy and some are hard, that’s racing. Today was a hard day. We did have grip issues over the weekend despite some changes. Ultimately we have to dig in at Oulton and go for the wins.”

Tarran Mackenzie said; “We made a really good step forward this weekend and I felt good straight away from FP1. I was disappointed to crash out in race two, so really wanted to make amends in that final race and get back on the podium. I’m really happy with the way I’m riding at the moment and am now looking forward to the final three rounds and getting into the mix with the showdown boys!”

Matt Truelove said; “It’s been a mixed weekend with a clutch issue in race one yesterday, better pace today and some real fast 55 second laps. So overall I feel the progression has continued even if the results haven’t shown that.”

Ryan Vickers explained; “It’s awesome to get the title wrapped up early, what a season it’s been. I was having a good race with Rory until he crashed out so then could control the race from the front. We now have nothing to lose and plenty to continue learning for the rest of that races so I can go out an have fun!”

Team Manager Grant Bunting summed up; “Taz really came of age this weekend, it’s been coming all year but now he’s there and I think he’ll stay there all season now. Obviously these weren’t the results Josh came here for in terms of the title race but we wipe the points clear and attack at Oulton. Finally, congratulations to young Ryan for a superb Championship campaign, very impressive.”

Lee Hardy, Team Owner: “The weekend hasn’t been too bad but at the same time we were all hoping for more from the three races. We had good pace but race one saw Jake struggle for grip in the middle of the race only for it to come back towards the end so whilst fifth was ok it wasn’t what we needed with Leon winning again. The second race looked like it would give us a good second place but I wasn’t happy with the way the penalty was executed as Leon should have dropped from third to fourth not first to second so, essentially, he wasn’t really penalised.”

“To make matters worse, there were no oil flags being displayed after Peter Hickman’s bike expired so it was a frustrating outcome to say the least. Jake did manage to salvage a podium in the final race thankfully and it was a good ride into third after dropping back to ninth at the beginning. Leon has a substantial lead going into the Showdown but there’s everything to play for and Oulton is a strong track for us so we’ll be looking to get it underway in the best fashion possible.”