Round 12 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Brands Hatch - Race Day
As fans descended on Brands Hatch for the final day of racing on the MCE BSB calendar the circuit was soon alive with the sound of roaring motorcycles. It was Josh Brookes who topped the warm up session with the number one on display on his motorcycle, instead of 25 that he had been displaying for the season to celebrate his 2015 Championship win - this was hailed by everyone as an incredible display from all involved in allowing the amendment to the livery.
Club MCE members had an early start with their priority pit walks and if that wasn't enough a lucky few members were able to roar around the circuit in the safety car! Big Ed and the Selfie Squad were also out in full force causing mischief and meeting fans!
In race two it was Josh Brookes who once more finished on the top spot and bagged his second win of the weekend and reaffirmed why he is the 2015 champion in style. Byrne made a great start and led in the early stages with Brookes and Hopkins chasing, however the PBM Kawasaki rider was overtaken by Brookes a few laps later, however Brookes went wide and Byrne was quick to steal his place back.
Brookes managed to break away and then took the race victory by a comfortable 3 seconds, followed by Byrne. Laverty made up the podium and denied Hopkins from bagging his second podium of the season. Ellison finished in fifth, followed by Jackson, Mossey, Iddon, Buchan and Linfoot.
With a year full of twists and turns it was no surprise that the final race of the season had a few, too! Michael Laverty claimed his first win of the season on his Tyco BMW with Ellison and Byrne making up the podium. It was Hopkins who made the best start in the race, with Brookes dropping back to seventh, however the Milwaukee Yamaha made his way through the pack and was soon fighting with the leading riders.
Brookes managed to make his way up to second however he spectacularly hit the kerb at Graham Hill Bend and crashed out of the race and ended his season prematurely. The rider was thankfully okay, but his season of no DNF's came to an end at the very last hurdle - however with the 2015 MCE BSB title under his belt we're pretty sure he'll be okay about it! Byrne was able to take the lead at Clearways, however Laverty pulled no punches as he snatched the place back, the Tyco rider fended off Byrne and Ellison impeccably and truly earned his first win of the season. Linfoot finished fourth, followed by Iddon, Mossey, Buchan, Hopkins, Smrz and Mainwaring.
The 2015 MCE British Superbike championship has sadly come to an end, however we head into the off-season with heaps of memories combined with what we know will be an exciting few months of rider announcements and team changes! Now it's time for the Big Brands Bash where the riders can finally relax and reflect on what truly has been an incredible season! Roll on 2016!!
18.10.2015 - Big Ed