News 21 Aug 2017

Haslam and Ellison split BSB race wins at Cadwell Park

Byrne maintains championship lead despite DNF in race two.

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Leon Haslam (JG Speedfit Kawasaki) and James Ellison (McAMS Yamaha) have each taken a race victory at Cadwell Park’s eighth round of the 2017 MCE British Superbike (BSB) Championship.

In race one, Haslam returned to the top step of the podium for the first time since Oulton Park, edging out Jake Dixon (RAF Reserves Kawasaki) and Shane Byrne (Be Wiser Ducati) in the top three.

Peter Hickman (Smiths Racing BMW) was fourth in the first outing, as Australian Jason O’Halloran completed the top five in fifth.

Countryman Josh Brookes (Anvil Hire Yamaha) struggled with bike setup all weekend, lodging a 12th place result, while Billy McConnell sat out the event due to injuries sustained at the previous round.

Race two saw Ellison become the seventh victor of the season despite an early mistake, he went onto finish 0.696s ahead of pole-sitter and early leader Lee Jackson (Smiths Racing BMW), making a move for the lead in the dying stages.

Hickman rounded out the top three, as O’Halloran and Christian Iddon (Tyco BMW) were fourth and fifth respectively.

Brookes improved for seventh, as championship contenders Byrne and Haslam recorded DNF results after both suffering their own mechanical issues. Byrne still leads the championship with a 10-point advantage over Haslam.

Australian Benjamin Currie (Kawasaki) lodged an impressive 2-3 scorecard in Supersport, as fellow Aussie Arthur Sissis (Yamaha) went 10-7. In Superstock 1000, Australians Sam Clarke (Yamaha) and Brayden Elliott (Yamaha) both suffered issues to record non-finishes.

The British Superbike Championship now heads to Silverstone on the 8-10 September for the ninth round of the championship.