Big Eds Blog - The Story So Far...
The last MCE Insurance British Superbike round was way back in April and I feel like I've been staring at four blank walls, I've been so bored...
However! Round four of the MCE BSB begins tomorrow as the class of 2017 head up to Knockhill to sample the delights of Scotland. It's been so long I thought I'd put together a recap of the action so far, just so that you can hit the circuit up to date and ready to pick up where we left off!
Donington Park was our first port of call where Leon Haslam was able to do the double at his home circuit and start his Championship campaign off in the most perfect way. The opposite could be said for defending champion Shane 'Shakey' Byrne who didn't compete in either of the races due to suffering a concussion in the morning warm-up session. Mossey and Iddon joined Haslam on the podium in race one, Brookes and Irwin took p2 and p3 in race two.
Next up was Brands Hatch Indy, it was another dream weekend for JG Speedfit Kawasaki, however it was Haslam's teammate Luke Mossey who this time claimed the double. In race one Haslam and Iddon joined him on the podium, with the returning Champ Byrne finishing in fourth. Race two had the same podium, however on this occasion Iddon took the second spot and Haslam completed the top three. The final place was actually in the sights of Byrne, however having made a move on Haslam at Clearways the Ducati rider crashed out unhurt and prematurely ended his race, his teammate Glenn Irwin crashed out at pretty much the exact spot a couple of laps afterwards.
Our final stop on our tour so far was Oulton Park, where Haslam claimed his third win and Byrne bagged his first of the year. In race one Haslam was joined by Byrne and Mossey on the podium, the first time this year Byrne has had a top three finish which is very uncharacteristic. He went one better in race two when he stood on the top step, joined by teammate Irwin and Jason O'Halloran as the Honda team begin to make improvements to the new Fireblade. Haslam's race ended in disaster when he clipped the back of Ellison who suddenly slowed, both prematurely ending their races.
It's the standings table that tells us the story so far, so get your revision in now! Leon Haslam sits on 111 points, with teammate Luke Mossey nipping at his heels on 108. Christian Iddon is on 86 with Josh Brookes sitting on 67, Glenn Irwin 63, O'Halloran 61, Byrne 58, Hickman 57 and Ellison and Bridewell tied on 31 making up the top ten.
That's a very brief recap of the action so far, but hopefully it's refreshed a few memories! So whether you're packing your panniers and heading to the circuit with us, or watching the Eurosport coverage under your tartan blanket, make sure you watch what this weekend has to offer because it's going to be one to remember!
15.06.2017 - Big Ed