Round 4 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Snetterton - Race Day
With the arrival of race day, MCE British Superbike fans descended on Snetterton for the final time of the weekend. It was Josh Brookes that started the day on the right foot topping the morning warm up session, pipping Shakey Byrne to the post by 0.153s. Howie Mainwaring finished third and his Quattro Plant Kawasaki teammate Luke Mossey found himself in the fourth spot. James Ellison only completed two laps following his crash yesterday providing questions across the paddock on whether he will be race fit for the afternoon.
The excitement continued for Club MCE members who were treated to their free priority pit walk, with a record turnout at Snetterton the pit was absolutely bustling with fans vying to meet their heroes. Soon after the pillion, sidecar and safety car laps had begun and the Snetterton circuit was once more alive with our very own members being treated to the best experiences that money can't buy.
Before we knew it race one had rolled around the riders took the grid for the main event. It was Shakey Byrne who continued his current form with a blisteringly fast start separating himself from the pack early on. James Ellison was unable to improve on his 10th place start, running wide on the Bentley Straight hindering his progression through the pack and later retiring his JG Speedfit Kawasaki.
Overall, Byrne finished the race in first position, followed by Josh Brookes who managed to work his way up from a 6th place position at one point. It was O'Halloran who made up the podium followed by Bridewell and Linfoot. With Ellison retiring from the race, the defending champion took the spot at the top of the championship following a dominating race where a first place finish didn't seem in doubt.
In race two PBM Kawasaki racer Shane Byrne strengthened the defense of his title with another victory around the Norfolk circuit that never seemed in doubt. Kiyonari was unable to improve on a disappointing race one crashing out in the early stages of the race. Taylor Mackenzie left the race prematurely in a spectacular fashion as his WD40 Kawasaki went up in flames following an 'engine failure' (to say the least).
Brookes also suffered engine trouble in the middle of the race dropping a number of places but was overall able to work his way back through and finish second on the podium, with his fellow countryman O'Halloran again completing the exact podium from the first race. Laverty and Bridewell made up the top 5 with Easton and Ellison close behind.
Next we head up north to Knockhill for another round of the MCE British Superbike series, with Shakey Byrne currently 17 points clear of Josh Brookes it will surely be a vital round that can either see the PBM rider separate himself from the pack, or for the likes of Brookes and Ellison to demonstrate that their title hopes are not over yet. Here at MCE Insurance we can't wait, lets do it!
21.06.2015 - Big Ed