VIDEO: Luke Mossey celebrated a debut win in the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship this afternoon at Brands Hatch, keeping his cool to win the race for the JG Speedfit Kawasaki team as pole sitter James Ellison crashed out.
Leon Haslam had led the pack on the opening lap ahead of Mossey and Ellison but two laps later McAMS Yamaha of Ellison had hit the front as Haslam ran wide at Druids. The leading trio were closely followed by Christian Iddon, but Ellison was trying to break the pack.
Ellison had edged out a small advantage, however his hard work ended with a crash at Druids as he slid out of contention on the twelfth lap. That left Mossey leading Haslam and Iddon with the scrap for second place intensifying – they traded blows before Iddon made a move at Paddock Hill Bend that kept Haslam in third.
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne though was closing in on Iddon and Haslam and with four laps to go he was within striking distance. Haslam knew the defending champion was gaining and he then made a move on Iddon and Paddock Hill Bend to move second. It was short lived when the Tyco BMW rider returned the move at Druids, but as they exited Graham Hill Bend, Haslam was back ahead.
At the front Mossey went on to claim the victory with Haslam just having the edge over Iddon and Byrne at the line. The Be Wiser Ducati rider had broken through the pack behind him that featured Dan Linfoot in fifth as the Honda Racing team made big steps forward with Glenn Irwin separating him from the second Fireblade of Jason O'Halloran.
Michael Laverty, Peter Hickman and Josh Brookes completed the top ten with Sylvain Guintoli retiring from the race with a technical problem.
Mossey 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.
JG Speedfit Kawasaki's 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.
The third round of the 2017 MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship takes place at Oulton Park this May Bank Holiday weekend (April 29/30 - May 1).
MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:
- Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 86
- Luke Mossey (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) 81
- Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) 65
- Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire TAG Yamaha) 48
- Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) 37
- Glenn Irwin (Be Wiser Ducati) 36