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Ellison wins second race on MCE BSB return for Milwaukee Yamaha

Sunday, April 07 2013

Milwaukee Yamaha's James Ellison secured the second race win at the opening round of the MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch as a mistake with three laps to go cost Shane 'Shakey' Byrne the chance of pushing him all the way to the finish.

Byrne again hit the front of the field on the opening lap of the race from Ellison and Alex Lowes, but the Milwaukee Yamaha rider edged ahead to take the lead from the reigning champion on the second lap.

The pair were inseparable at the front of the field with Lowes chasing hard; Byrne looked set to make a move as Ellison had a moment out of Graham Hill Bend with three laps remaining and the Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki was forced to run on at Surtees to avoid a collision. The move dropped Byrne back to third after he rejoined the track behind Lowes as Ellison claimed the win.

Samsung Honda's Ryuichi Kiyonari had an improved second race as he returned to the top five and maintained his position ahead of Josh Brookes on the Tyco Suzuki and Jon Kirkham on the Buildbase BMW. In the closing stages Karl Harris was able to push ahead of Chris Walker after bouncing back from his crashes this morning. James Westmoreland scored an impressive ninth place after his crash in race one and Keith Farmer completed the top ten.    

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship, Brands Hatch, race two result:

  1. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha)
  2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) +1.997s
  3. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +5.904s
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) +11.507s
  5. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) +15.974s
  6. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) +21.280s
  7. Karl Harris (PR Racing Kawasaki) +23.038s
  8. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) +23.390s
  9. James Westmoreland (Buildbase BMW) +30.552s
  10. Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +30.999s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 41
  2. Alex Lowes (Samsung Honda) 40
  3. Josh Brookes (Tyco Suzuki) 27
  4. James Ellison (Milwaukee Yamaha) 25
  5. Jon Kirkham (Buildbase BMW) 23
  6. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Samsung Honda) 21
  7. Chris Walker (Quattro Plant Bournemouth Kawasaki) 17
  8. Keith Farmer (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 16
  9. PJ Jacobsen (Tyco Suzuki) 11
  10. Tommy Bridewell (Bathams Honda) 11

The next major event at Brands Hatch is the British Truck Racing Championship on 20/21 April. Tickets are available in advance for £18 with free admission for children aged 12 and under. For more information call 0843 453 9000 or click  here.