Round 6 - MCE British Superbike Championship - Thruxton - Race Two
Michael Laverty won a spectacular race two at Thruxton with Jason O'Halloran finishing second and superbike rookie Glenn Irwin claiming his first ever MCE BSB podium finish in the process.
It looked set to be a perfect weekend for Shane 'Shakey' Byrne with everything seeming to go his way throughout the round, however disaster struck on lap two as he begun to drop through the pack and was forced to retire from the race due to a broken gear linkage.
With Byrne out of contention a four way scrap at the front of the pack emerged with Laverty, O'Halloran, Haslam and McConnell all ready to fight for the top step. Haslam, who has been struggling with the JG Speedfit Kawasaki throughout the weekend appeared to find another gear and was able to keep the pace, however tyre wear was a crucial factor as the rider pushed his bike to the very limit.
O'Halloran and Haslam engaged in a battle for second of which the Honda rider emerged victorious after Haslam began to struggle with grip as the race neared the end, dropping back and finishing in an overall fifth.
The Be Wiser Ducati team still walked away from the weekend with a smile on their faces, however, as Glenn Irwin moved into third place pushing Luke Mossey back to fourth and chased O'Halloran to the line. The Australian had the pace to finish and secure second, however - yet Irwin was evidently elated to secure his first ever MCE BSB podium regardless.
Hickman finished in sixth, with Ellison, Bridewell, Linfoot and Jackson completing the top ten.
24.07.2016 - Big Ed