BSB 2015 Championship
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MAHOOSIVE CONGRATULATIONS to Josh Brookes and Milwaukee Yamaha for winning the 2015 BSB Championship!!
Also fantastic to see James Ellison finish in third after mising 4 rounds early this year, great job!!!
Josh Brookes has become the first Australian rider since Troy Bayliss in 1999 to win the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, by claiming the opening race victory at the final round of the season at Brands Hatch.
Brookes had been embroiled in a race-long battle with Shane 'Shakey' Byrne for the first victory and the pair fought hammer and tong for the advantage but in the end it was the Australian who emerged victorious to lift his first title.
"It's amazing. For me I feel like that kid that grew up in Bringelly, a country town west of Sydney, and went to Bringelly Public School, and rode a dirt bike around in a field, and did it for fun, and then one day it was a race, and another race, and then it turned into a career. To be sat here next to Shakey and John Hopkins and be taking the British Championship is something that people have said over the years you'd never do and never get close to. I've always had some unknown desire since young age to pursue motorbikes as a career, so it's not something I can put in words, but it's something I feel and it feels great.
"Early this year I went to the German Championship, rode the IDM and during the race, I ended up third, I was in a battle with some other guys and I just thought, this is easy compared to racing against Shakey Byrne. When you race against a guy like this week in week out, it just toughens you up and it really is a challenge and every time you think that you've got an advantage, he puts something into the mix that makes you eat your words. I wasn't at all surprised to see him come past. At the start of the race I did some good laps which on the dash looked like pretty good lap times and I could still hear this bike signing in my ears - it was Shakey right behind - and one lap he just sprung out from what seemed like nowhere and got past me. I tried a bunch of times to get back by, but I just didn't seem to have the speed or the form in the early part of the race to keep that position and he kept fighting back, which again is what you would completely expect from Shakey.
"By the mid part of the race, I felt like I could maintain the speed and get into a rhythm where I felt like I had an advantage, and I thought, I've got to pass, put a hard lap in, and try and make a gap and then keep doing strong laps - that's the only way to fight him off. It sounds like he's a dragon or something! Once I got in front I really tried hard, I risked a lot, but I gained a lot, so I'm really pleased."
Despite an injury wrecked season that saw James Ellison miss four races through broken ribs and a broken wrist, the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider still secured third place in the overall MCE British Superbike Championship with a podium return at Brands Hatch today. In only his second round on a Superbike, 2015 British Supersport Champion Luke Stapleford continued his incredible run of races by ending the year back in the points with 14th.
Following yesterday’s opening MCE British Superbike Championship, which saw JG Speedfit Kawasaki duo James Ellison and Luke Stapleford finish sixth and 17th respectively, it was another positive day for the both today. Despite a damp morning warm up session, conditions warmed up ahead of the final two races of the year.
Starting from seventh, James had a rare slow start dropping back to eleventh by the end of the opening lap. Running in an eight rider battle for much of the race, James lost time caught behind several riders but soon began chipping his way through the pack. Climbing up to fifth with two laps from the end, it looked positive for a podium finish, however a red flag on the last lap thwarted any hopes of a third place finish. For Superbike newcomer Luke, he enjoyed a strong start from his 19th place grid position to finish run 14th, however a crash on lap seven saw his challenge for a second points scoring race over.
For the final race of the 2015 Championship, James enjoyed a front row start in third with Luke 17th. With thousands of fans packing the Brands Hatch circuit, it was an incredible final race of the year as an early mistake from Josh Brookes left James battling with Michael Laverty and Shane Byrne for the race win. Trading places throughout the 20 laps, including two moves into the lead on the final lap, Ellison narrowly missed out on victory to cross the line in second place and securing his third position in the series.
Securing third in the series, James Ellison said “That last race really was a fantastic way to end the season, obviously I’m a little disappointed not to get the win but it wasn’t through lack of trying! The entire race was an awesome battle, both Shakey and Laverty’s bikes had differing strengths so it was really hard to make a move stick. Going into the final lap I thought I had the win when I passed into Paddock Hill but just ran a little wide!
It’s great to be back on the podium and I’m just glad I could thank the boys in the garage with another trophy – they’ve worked so hard all year and I honestly believe that if it wasn’t for the injuries we had then we could have enjoyed more wins. Fair play to Josh, he rode an amazing season and fully deserved the Championship. I’m now looking forward to a few weeks rest before we regroup for the next season, with the brand new ZX-10R I really think we’ll be a force to be reckoned with!”
BSB Round 11 - Silverstone
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Josh Brookes returned to the top step of the podium in the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Silverstone to extend his advantage at the top of the standings ahead of the triple-header final round at Brands Hatch (16-18 October).
On the opening lap Shane Byrne hit the front of the pack from his pole position ahead of Dan Linfoot and Peter Hickman with James Ellison also in close contention. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider was instantly on the attack and first passed Hickman and then Linfoot within the space of four corners. Ellison then tried to do the same to Byrne, but the defending champion forced his way back ahead but he then made a move that stuck to lead the third lap.
Brookes had started from the second row and he was picking off his rivals throughout the opening laps, holding sixth on the same lap but by two laps later he had moved through to fourth and then made a move on both Linfoot and Byrne to move from fourth to second.
The Australian contender then dived ahead of race leader Ellison on the run through Maggotts to Becketts whilst Linfoot also had moved up to second ahead of the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider with Laverty, Byrne and Iddon in the same group.
Brookes was moving ahead as Ellison dramatically dropped down the order with a grip problem to end the race outside the points in 17th place. Linfoot and Laverty were exchanging blows for second place but the Honda Racing rider had the initial edge until the penultimate lap when the pair traded position three times in as many corners but the Tyco BMW emerged ahead and held off Linfoot to the line on the final lap.
Iddon celebrated his best performance of the season in fourth place for Bennetts Suzuki, snatching the position away from defending champion Byrne on the final lap as the PBM Kawasaki rider struggled over the final laps of the race.
Richard Cooper won his battle with Peter Hickman for seventh position with Lee Jackson and Luke Mossey completing the top ten which featured five different manufacturers and nine different teams.
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Silverstone, race two result:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha)
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) +3.568s
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) +3.748s
Christian Iddon (Bennetts Suzuki) +5.050s
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) +5.463s
Richard Cooper (Buildbase BMW) +8.158s
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) +8.507s
Peter Hickman (RAF Reserves BMW) +9.690s
Lee Jackson (Buildbase BMW) +9.884s
Luke Mossey (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +13.965s
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Silverstone:
Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 653
Shane Byrne (PBM Kawasaki) 606
James Ellison (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 573
Michael Laverty (Tyco BMW) 553
Dan Linfoot (Honda Racing) 534
Tommy Bridewell (Tyco BMW) 531
The MCE British Superbike Championship season finale takes place at Brands Hatch 16-18 October 2015.