Round 10 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Donington Park - Race Two
Shane 'Shakey' Byrne has bagged his second double victory of 2016 with his showdown rival Leon Haslam crashing out of the race whilst hunting a win of his own.
Once again it was Ellison who made the best start in the race, demonstrating his determination to keep his own showdown campaign alive. Jason O'Halloran was unable to repeat his race one podium finish crashing out at the old Hairpin in the first few laps - the Australian was visibly annoyed on the sidelines as he slipped back to fifth in the showdown standings.
Haslam soon took the lead and Ellison dropped back to third as Byrne battled on, unwilling to allow Haslam to break away. Haslam and Byrne then had a scrap and pulled no punches as they battled for the lead. The pair got tangled up at the Melbourne Loop, of which Ellison was able to take advantage and swept his JG Speedfit Kawasaki around them and into the lead.
Disappointingly Ellison began to lose grip and dropped down the order and was swallowed into the pack, Linfoot moved up to third in the process.
Haslam and Byrne were fighting hard at the front, however the race was short lived for Haslam, crashing out at Redgate and hanging Byrne the showdown advantage in the process. The Championship contender is now 27 points behind the four-time-champ and will have his work cut out at Assen and Brands Hatch to keep his title hopes alive.
Linfoot took second and Iddon moved up to third following the crash, his first time on the podium since the second round of this year.
Hickman finished fourth, followed by Cooper, Bridewell and Ellison. Mossey, McConnell and Irwin competed the top ten.
18.09.2016 - Big Ed