Round 2 - MCE British Superbikes - Brands Hatch Indy - Race Day
It was great to see fans of the MCE British Superbikes up bright and early on race day. At 8.45 the pit lane opened to Club MCE members and VIP's who relished being able to chat with their heroes - as well as catching Big Ed and the stunning Selfie Squad!
The morning's warm up session was thoroughly welcomed by the riders, if not to actually warm up on a particularly brisk Brands Hatch race day. True to his current form, Ellison topped the time sheets followed by Smrz, Kiyonari, Brookes and Shakey Byrne.
The next time the bikes were out on track was of course for race one, with Ellison odds on favourite to win due to his form over the weekend, however with the grid the size that it is hurtling around the Indy circuit, it was destined to be enthralling.
The race certainly didn't disappoint - nor Ellison. Ellison launched off the line and created a gap that became increasingly difficult to catch, smashing the lap record in the process. The pack however bunched up again as Christian Iddon, Robbin Harms and Jack Kennedy crashed at the Cooper Straight and the Safety car had to be deployed.
An additional three laps were added on to the race due to Peter Hickman crashing out which subsequently left debris on the track, again bringing the pack together and shortening Ellison's lead. However, the rider maintained his lead and finished first, followed by Shane Byrne, Josh Brookes and Kiyonari, who dropped from a comfortable second place to 4th all in the last lap.
With Ellison in pole position and his current form, the question across the paddock was what can the other riders do to get ahead? It was evident the safety car worked in the chasing pack's favour in the first race, will it be the same again in race two?
Race two arrived and Ellison stuck to his current winning ways and earned himself his first ever MCE BSB double victory. Very similar to race one the front 4, Ellison, Byrne, Brookes and Kiyonari started to break away from the pack, with Ellison widening his lead on Byrne further before the Safety car was back on track when Danny Johnson crashed at Clearways. After the race Ellison described his despair at his lead being slashed due to this, knowing his chasers would be ready to pounce on any mistake he made, however Ellison kept his evident composure seen throughout the weekend and finished with a 0.356s lead on Byrne, followed by Brookes and Kiyo.
The next round will take us up to Oulton Park in two weeks time, with Ellison winning three out of four races and at his local circuit, it will almost certainly be an important race. With Kiyo still yet to bag a podium despite some great racing at Brands it will be an important time for him to thrust himself into the 2015 Championship. The biggest ever MCE BSB is heating up, and we can't wait for more!
19.04.2015 - Big Ed