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Irwin, Brookes and Dixon shine at a wet Silverstone

Race One

Glenn Irwin mastered the changing conditions in the opening MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Silverstone to claim his first ever victory in the series, becoming the eighth different race winner ahead of tomorrow’s all-important Showdown six decider. The race was declared wet as the track continued to dry in places, making it a gamble on tyre choice on the grid. The decision on tyre choice before the race saw Peter Hickman decide to leave the grid before the sighting lap; he had opted for a rear slick tyre and then changed to a wet tyre combination and started from pitlane.
At the start Jake Dixon led Josh Brookes and John Hopkins with Irwin in fourth, but by the third lap Brookes had been attacking and he hit the front of the field for the Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha team, with Hopkins in second and Irwin up to third. Showdown six contender Leon Haslam was running in the top eight when he crashed out at Club unhurt, ending his chance of adding to his Podium Point tally for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team. Irwin claimed the lead on the sixth lap for the Be Wiser Ducati team as the disappointment continued for another one of the Showdown six contenders when James Ellison retired his McAMS Yamaha from the race. The DNF now puts him out of contention for a place in the Showdown. Irwin was managing the lead at the front of the field, which he held to the finish ahead of Brookes and Hopkins, who became the sixth different podium finisher of the season, as the battle for fourth raged between Showdown six contenders Dixon and Mossey. The pair traded blows but the RAF Regular & Reserves Kawasaki rider was able to withstand the attack to hold onto the position and narrow the points deficit to three points. Christian Iddon delivered a heroic performance, holding on to sixth place for the Tyco BMW team despite opting for a slick rear tyre on the grid before the start of the race despite areas of the circuit still being wet, but with some sections drying rapidly. The result keeps him in contention ahead of tomorrow’s two races with just nine points between him and Mossey in sixth. Taylor Mackenzie was seventh on the Bennetts Suzuki to score his best result of the season ahead of Jakub Smrz and Hickman, who climbed the order to ninth place. Bradley Ray completed the top ten for Buildbase Suzuki. Shane 'Shakey' Byrne was the first rider to confirm his position in the Showdown despite a crash in the opening race; the defending champion was up to sixth place after passing Iddon, when he slid off at Farm unhurt. Jason O'Halloran was the final rider in contention for a top six position in eleventh place, despite setting pole position for the opening race at Silverstone.

Race Two

Josh Brookes claimed a stunning second race victory of the season in the second MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race at Silverstone this afternoon ahead of James Ellison and Shane 'Shakey' Byrne. When the race got underway Byrne led the pack from Christian Iddon, but behind there was a multiple crash including Taylor Mackenzie, Dan Linfoot and Lee Jackson. At the front Guintoli was up to second and attempting to make a move on Byrne for the lead. There was more drama for Leon Haslam as the JG Speedfit Kawasaki rider crashed out at Stowe; he had been fighting his way through the pack from the back of the grid, but despite his second non point score of the weekend he confirmed his Showdown position. On the fifth lap Guintoli hit the front of the pack onboard the Bennetts Suzuki, but it was frantically changing as Brookes then stole the position to lead Guintoli and Byrne with a freight train of riders including Iddon, James Ellison, who had carved his way through from the back of the grid. The positions were chopping and changing at the front, with every point crucial for a place in the Showdown, but for race one winner Glenn Irwin his race was over when he crashed out unhurt. Andy Reid and Martin Jessopp then also crashed out, bringing out the BMW Safety Car, and just before the race was due to resume Shaun Winfield suffered a blow up, leaving oil on the circuit which then bought out the red flag. Brookes was declared the race winner for the second time this season to move second in the standings and secure his position in the Showdown ahead of Ellison, who delivered a gritty performance from starting last on the grid. Byrne completed the podium to add to his Podium Point tally. Guintoli scored his best result of the season in fourth ahead of Jason O'Halloran and rookie Bradley Ray. Christian Iddon held on to seventh ahead of Peter Hickman, who confirmed his place in the Showdown with eighth place. Jake Dixon and John Hopkins completed the top ten.

Race Three

Dan Linfoot became the ninth different MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race winner in the third and final race at Silverstone with Michael Laverty claiming second place to become the 14th different podium finisher of the season. In a wet third and final race there was instantly drama for JG Speedfit Kawasaki as Leon Haslam was unable to make the start due to a technical problem. Then the tension heightened as Honda Racing’s Jason O'Halloran crashed out on the opening lap, leaving himself vulnerable in the Showdown with Jake Dixon, Christian Iddon and Luke Mossey all capable of claiming the positions.

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