Round 2 - MCE British Superbikes - Brands Hatch Indy - Qualification
Round two of the MCE British Superbikes brings us to Brands Hatch and the Indy circuit, for what will certainly be an action packed weekend. With the biggest ever MCE BSB grid taking to the smaller of the two Brands Hatch circuits, it will no doubt be filled with thrills and spills, and we can't wait!Saturday got underway with the third and final free practice, in which Ellison topped the time sheets followed by Kiyonari and Smrz, who has been consistently impressive in the second round despite a rather calamitous first round at Donington. Shane 'Shakey' Byrne finished in 6th at his home track, with Brookes and Buchan taking 4th and 5th. However it was undoubtedly qualification that mattered most on day two, could Ellison maintain his consistency displayed so far at Brands, or did Kiyo have a point to prove off the back of his below par performance at Donington Park in round one? Also, can Danny Buchan - who crashed out in FP3 - keep his head and bag a place near the front of the grid? In the break between free practice and qualification MCE BSB fans were treated to James Ellison roaring around the circuit on the Kawasaki H2R on it's first UK demo. His words when he entered back into the pit lane were explicit yet overwhelmingly positive. After the break qualification got underway with 30 riders battling for pole position. Overall it was Ellison who made his intentions clear for the weekend, finishing in pole position in an astoundingly quick 45.310s. Smrz continued his weekend of top form finishing in second on the grid, with Kiyo rounding up the front row. Brookes starts from the second row of the grid, followed by current championship leader and reigning champ Shakey Byrne who finished in 5th place. Needless to say Saturday has whet our appetite for more, and thankfully we don't have long to wait, tomorrow the second round of the MCE British Superbikes will really start. In the top 10 alone there are 6 manufacturers and 5 nationalities all hungry for the podium finishes, and from what we've seen so far, anything can happen and anyone can fight for those important points! Bring it on!
18.04.2015 - Big Ed