RD11 - Silverstone - MCE Insurance British Superbikes
The mighty Silverstone was home to a battle of epic proportions last weekend, when the riders of the MCE Insurance British Superbike championship arrived to fight for all important points in the run up to the finale at Brands. With two races around the iconic circuit every position gained or lost could potentially change the standings so a lot was at stake.
We had yet another qualifying session dogged by the weather. To begin with the track was wet but by the end of all the sessions it was almost dry. Ryuichi Kiyonari mastered the conditions and took pole away from his main rival for the championship, Shane 'Shakey' Byrne.
Raceday came and the weather was much improved and we had two dry races to enjoy. Kiyonari streamed off the line from pole followed by title rivals Shakey and Josh Brookes. Over the next 6 laps they cleared off gapping the rest of the field by a huge margin, the pace was incredible. From here on in the war for four raged with Shakey and Kiyo swapping the lead over and over again. Brookes attempted to get a foot in the door but the sheer determination of the other two was just too much. Eventually he let them get away from him but secured third place without issue. The leading pair exchanged places 6 times on the final lap with Shakey taking advantage into the final corners which in the end won him the race.
Race 2 and another epic battle between the war for four rivals ensued. Brookes initially attempted to keep with them but in doing so pushed too hard and crashed out. He's done that far too many times this season and it looks like it's now cost him the championship. Kiyo continued to lead with Shakey shadowing him at every turn, on many occasions it looked like he could pass him but he chose not to. It seemed like Shakey was hatching a plan, he tried to make it come good on the final lap but Kiyo was having none of it and fended him off, taking the win.
With a win each the war for four rivals still sit with only 12 points between them going into the final round. Shakey has the advantage but it will all come down to who takes the wins at the weekend. The mouth-watering prospect of three races with these two battling at the top of their game for the championship is definitely too close to call. Either could be crowned champ at Brands in less than two weeks!
In amongst all the racing Club MCE members took part in fantastic VIP experiences including pillion laps, sidecar laps, safety car laps in the Nissan GTR, hang out with Chris Walker, Official Pit Crew with FFX Yamaha, Grid walks and more! To be part of Club MCE all you need is an MCE policy and to sign up here on the Club MCE app.
For more information on the series visit MCE Insurance British superbikes.
07.10.2014 - Big Ed