Mossey takes maiden double at Brands
Luke Mossey has clinched his first MCE British Superbike championship race win after seeing James Ellison crash out while leading in race one at Brands Hatch Indy. After being passed on the opening lap by the pair of JG Speedfit Kawasaki riders, Ellison battled back to the front and looked to build a healthy lead but on lap 12 at the Druids hairpin he tucked the front of his McAMS Yamaha and tumbled out of contention.
Mossey, who had begun to gap team-mate Leon Haslam and Tyco BMW's Christian Iddon before Ellison's off, was thrust into the lead and having produced blitzing race pace during free practice he duly delivered in front. The JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider measured his race pace using the harder option Pirelli rear tyre and despite a hairy moment coming out of Clearways in the closing stages he held on for a first race win in BSB.
Behind the race winner, Haslam was involved in a race long scrap with Iddon for second place and on the penultimate lap got back past the Tyco BMW rider at Graham Hill Bend to deliver a JG Speedfit Kawasaki 1-2 for the second time in three races. With Iddon and Haslam tussling, it saw a late race charge from Be Wiser Ducati's Shane Byrne close in on the rostrum places but narrowly missed out by a couple of bike lengths at the chequered flag.
Behind the front four, Honda Racing's Dan Linfoot secured the new Fireblade's best result to date with fifth position and just six seconds off the race winner Mossey. Glenn Irwin produced another impressive late race charge from 13th on the grid to take sixth place ahead of the second Honda Racing machine of Jason O'Halloran.
McAMS Yamaha were given comfort from Ellison's off with team-mate Michael Laverty in eighth place ahead of Smiths Racing BMW's Peter Hickman and Anvil Hire Yamaha's Josh Brookes. Further back Tommy Bridewell recovered from a fiery FP1 crash to claim 11th place in the Brands Hatch Indy opener for Team WD-40 Kawasaki ahead of BSB rookie Bradley Ray and ex-MotoGP rider John Hopkins. Jakub Smrz and Taylor Mackenzie rounded out the points paying places, with Bennetts Suzuki's Sylvain Guintoli retiring late on with a technical issue.
Luke Mossey has waited for his debut win in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship and today (Monday) the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider made it a dream double at Brands Hatch as he celebrated victory in race two. There was drama for James Ellison as the pole sitter didn’t take the start of the race after crashing his McAMS Yamaha in race one. He had headed out onto the grid, but retired after the warm up lap. His JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mate Leon Haslam had again taken the lead on the opening lap, but Mossey, Christian Iddon and Jason O'Halloran were ready to try and make a move. Mossey didn’t wait long and a lap later made a dive down the inside at Paddock Hill Bend, however Haslam instantly fought back to regain the position into Druids.
Three laps later and Mossey went for a repeat move on the brakes into Paddock Hill Bend with Haslam again forcing his way back into the lead as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team-mates approached Druids for the fifth time. A lap later and Mossey made the move and defended hard and then Haslam was coming under attack from Iddon onboard the Tyco BMW, who made a move into Paddock Hill Bend a few laps later and was keeping Haslam at bay.
The leading four though were being closed again by Shane 'Shakey' Byrne and he made a move on Haslam to move into third, however it was a double disappointment for the Be Wiser Ducati team as both the defending champion and Glenn Irwin crashed out unhurt at Clearways within just laps of each other.
Mossey had more in the final laps and he began easing ahead of Iddon with Haslam taking evasive action when Byrne had crashed ahead of him to drop off the leading pair, but a double podium means he retained his position at the top of the standings.
Josh Brookes won the battle of the Australians by mugging Jason O'Halloran for fourth place at the line as the Honda Racing rider achieved their best position of the season so far in fifth ahead of his team-mate Dan Linfoot who emerged ahead after an epic scrap with Smiths Racing BMW’s Peter Hickman. Rookie Bradley Ray claimed his first top ten finish of the season in eighth place with John Hopkins and Sylvain Guintoli in ninth and tenth respectively.