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First MCE BSB win for Waters in dramatic race at Brands

Sunday, July 20 2014

Tyco Suzuki's Josh Waters scored his first MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship race victory in a dramatic second race of the day on the Brands Hatch Grand Prix circuit.

As the race got underway James Ellison held off Shane 'Shakey' Byrne, but on the second lap the Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki rider touched the grass at Dingle Dell and crashed out. Ellison's stricken bike cart-wheeled across the track, clipping the front of Byrne as the championship leader and other members of the pack took evasive action. Byrne stayed on his bike at undiminished speed, but less than a minute later the race was stopped because of Ellison's accident.

Just two laps after the race was restarted, it had to be stopped again as the dark clouds over the circuit let loose with rain.  

At the wet restart, Byrne again lead the pack on the opening lap, chased by Ryuichi Kiyonari, who was looking for a double win. The Buildbase BMW rider moved ahead of Byrne with a determined move at Surtees and this left Byrne duelling with Richard Cooper on the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki for second place. 

On the third lap Cooper took the lead of an MCE BSB race for the first time as Kiyonari began dropping back through the field, later retiring. 

Josh Waters had soon also pushed through to the front, getting his Tyco Suzuki within striking distance of leader Cooper. Waters waited until the fourth lap to make his move, with a decisive pass at Surtees.

Waters edged out an advantage throughout the remainder of the race, but behind him there was a battle for second. Cooper came under increasing pressure from Farmer on the PR Kawasaki. Farmer moved second on the seventh lap but the pair continued to swap paint as they both pushed for their debut podium finishes. Cooper regained second place on the eleventh of 15 laps and, despite his best efforts, Farmer couldn't get back past the Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki rider. 

Tommy Bridewell was the first of the Milwaukee Yamahas in fourth place, moving ahead of Byrne over the final laps. Jon Kirkham scored his best result for Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki in sixth.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki's Dan Linfoot was seventh, ahead of Josh Brookes, with Chris Walker dropping to ninth after a fierce start to the race on the lone Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki. John Hopkins completed the top ten for the Tyco Suzuki team.  

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

  1. Josh Waters (Tyco Suzuki)
  2. Richard Cooper (Anvil Hire TAG Kawasaki) +4.627s
  3. Keith Farmer (PR Racing) +6.082s
  4. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) +7.253s
  5. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) +8.247s
  6. Jon Kirkham (Halsall Biker Gear Kawasaki) +14.094s
  7. Dan Linfoot (Quattro Plant Kawasaki) +16.720s
  8. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) +19.427s
  9. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) +24.495s
  10. John Hopkins (Tyco Suzuki) +37.219s

MCE Insurance British Superbike Championship standings after Brands Hatch GP:

  1. Shane Byrne (Rapid Solicitors Kawasaki) 221
  2. Josh Brookes (Milwaukee Yamaha) 129
  3. James Ellison (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) 124
  4. Ryuichi Kiyonari (Buildbase BMW) 107
  5. Tommy Bridewell (Milwaukee Yamaha) 101
  6. Chris Walker (Lloyds British GBmoto Racing Kawasaki) 96

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